Word processing applications are used more often by more people every day than any other type of computer application. The basic skills used in word processing programs are also used in one way or another in most other kinds of software.
This set of projects will introduce you to basic editing and formatting techniques and to some basic types of documents. As you gain skills and experience, you will want to investigate the more powerful abilities of your software. These lessons will just get you started.
To get these resource files, click on the following link to download a zipped set of files:
A download dialog will appear. Choose "Save this program to a disk" if you want to unzip later. Choose Open to let Windows or your own zipping software unzip the files. Choose a folder on your hard drive for the extracted files.
To extract later, find the zipped file in an Explorer window and double-click it. Windows or your own zipping software will then unzip it.
Duplicate files: Some of the resource files have duplicates in different Office file formats. Be careful to choose the file that the directions tells you to use.
You need removable storage for a working copy and a backup copy of your documents.
If you have a computer of your own, keep an up-to-date copy of your work on your home computer or laptop, too. Start good backup habits early and you won't kick yourself later when your files are lost or corrupted.
USB drive: Recommended
Called by many different names: flash drive, flash pen, thumb drive, key drive, jump drive, and mini-USB drive. A USB drive is an excellent choice for storing your class work.
Before you buy:
Check the following for both the classroom computer AND your home computer and/or laptop-
If you do not have a computer at home, consider buying 2 USB drives so that you can use one to keep a backup copy of your work. Don't lose them both at the same time!
Lessons for earlier versions of Word: Words97-2003
Hands-on topic, (in menu) where you will have Step-by-Step directions.
marks a tip - something you might find useful to know.
marks a warning about possible problems.
marks directions for what to do in case of trouble
storage device for your Class documents
backup copy of your Class documents
your storage device is too full to save new documents
Versions: Sections that apply to a certain version of Word will be labeled and will have background color.
Multiple Versions: Sections that apply to two versions but not all three will show nested background color with the most recent version showing the most.
Word 2007, 2010
Word 2010, 2013
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Disclaimer: All names, addresses, and
phone numbers used in the lessons and exercises are fiction! Any
similarity to a real person, business, or place is a
The author cannot be held responsible for any damage to hardware, software, or data resulting from your attempts to follow the directions.