Microsoft Word Essentials

Who is this course for?

This course will teach you the fundamentals of Microsoft Word and is suitable for you if you are new to Microsoft Word, new to this version or have not used it in a while, or if you have no formal training and would like “start from the beginning”.

What are the benefits

At the end of this course you will have a good understanding of the basic functionality of Microsoft Word, create and edit simple documents; format documents; add tables and lists; add design elements and layout options; and proof documents.

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Course Duration

1 Day

Course Content

Microsoft Word’s Environment

  • Navigating Microsoft Word’s opening view and ribbons
  • Key Tips, Badges and Shortcut Menus
  • Customising the quick access toolbar and status bar
  • Launching dialog boxes
  • Accessing and understanding the
  • Backstage View
  • Using the online help

Creating and Proofing Documents

  • Using the blank document template
  • Entering text and numbers
  • Understanding click and type
  • Inserting symbols and special characters
  • Document proofing and editing
  • Using the thesaurus
  • Customising autocorrect options

Viewing Documents

  • Page zooming and using different view modes
  • Viewing the ruler and paragraph marks

Working with Text

  • Techniques to quickly navigate documents
  • Text selection techniques
  • Editing text in insert and overtype mode
  • Undo and redo
  • Format Painter
  • Finding and replacing text and formatting

The Office Clipboard

  • Understanding the clipboard
  • Collecting and pasting using the clipboard
  • Copying and pasting across multiple documents

Formatting Techniques

  • Font styles
  • Paragraph formatting
  • Text alignments, line and paragraph spacing
  • Indenting and outdenting paragraphs
  • Setting tabs to align text
  • Applying borders and shading

Managing Lists

  • Creating bulleted and numbered lists
  • Bullets and numbers in existing paragraphs
  • Sorting
  • Renumbering and customising lists

Working with Tables

  • Creating, modifying and formatting tables
  • Converting text to a table and table to text

Formatting Page Techniques

  • Applying page borders, colour and watermarks
  • Adding headers and footers
  • Working with page breaks and page numbers
  • Using pre-set and custom headers and footers
  • Creating custom headers and footers

Printing and Controlling Page Layout

  • Previewing and printing documents
  • Changing page orientation
  • Setting the scale and paper size
  • Setting and changing margins
  • Centring documents on a page

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  • Will ensure my team all attend (they all work remotely)
  • Exactly what I was hoping to learn, thanks

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