Introduction to Microsoft Word and Word Processing
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Microsoft Word is (practically speaking) identical on both the Macintosh
and Windows computer platforms. Thus we can learn to use the Macintosh version of Word on
an IBM compatible and visa-versa. While we will be using Microsoft Word as our word
processing program, many of the techniques well cover are applicable on other word
processing programs as well.
Most Microsoft programs allow a minimum of 3 different ways to accomplish any single
task. It isnt necessary for you to learn all three. Simply pick the method, which
best fits your personality type. I personally like the Hot Keys, which allow me to keep my
hands on the keyboard. Please note that Mac and PC Hot Keys are the same except the PC
always uses the Control Key Ctrl along with another key and the Mac always uses the
Command Key (Apple) Key along with another key. For Example: Undo on the PC is Ctrl+Z:
Undo on the Mac is (Apple)Z
Starting and Quitting
via Start Menu (PC Only): Click on the START Menu (usually the lower left-hand side of
the screen) and select Microsoft Word from the Programs Folder.
via the Microsoft Office Manager: The Microsoft Office Manager, is an optional
toolbar which floats around on the Windows desktop. On the Mac, its found as a menu
option (near help).
via the Desktop (Word in the MS Office Folder): Open My Computer,
open C:, open Programs, open Microsoft Office, and
then double click on Microsoft Word.
via Menu: go to the File menu and select Exit
via Quit Button: X button
found on the upper right-hand-side of the Word window.
via Hot Key (Alt+F4 for PC) ((Apple)+Q for Mac)
Saving and Loading:
via Menu: Go to the File Menu and select New.
via Toolbar: The New Tool
looks like a blank piece of paper. Click on it to create a new blank document. NOTE: This
method of creating a new document does not give you the option on using a wizard.
- via Hot Key (Ctrl)+N
- via Desktop (PC only): Click on the desktop or in a folder with your right
mouse button. Select New from the resulting menu, and then select
Microsoft Word Document. Name the document, and double-click on it to launch
Word. NOTE: This method of creating a new document does not give you the option of
using a wizard.
Saving a File: On the Macintosh, Word
defaults to saving new files in its home directory (ex. Macintosh
HD\MSOFFICE\WORD\). On the PC, Word defaults to saving new files to the My
Documents folder. BowNET users should save all Word files to their Home
Directories. Word also defaults to saving a file back to where it was loaded from
- via Menu: Go to the File Menu and select Save.
- via Toolbar: The Save Tool looks like a floppy disk. Click on it to
save your document.
- via Hot Key: (Ctrl)+S
- Save As can be used to save a second copy of your open
document with a new name and/or a new location.
Opening a File
via Menu: Go to the File Menu and select Open.
via Toolbar: The Open Tool looks like a Folder. Click on it to open
an existing document.
via Hot Key: (Ctrl)+O
via Desktop: Find the file (Hopefully in your Home Directory) and double click on