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   Using Word 2007, 2010, 2013

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.

Some of the documents you will create

What you need

  1. Basic Windows skills: The skills covered in the Windows unit - using a mouse to click, double-click, drag, and right click; parts of a window; moving, resizing, maximizing, and minimizing a window; scrolling; using the folder tree; creating and managing folders; naming files; opening a program; opening and saving files; using dialog boxes; using Help; printing.
  2. Typing skills: You need to be familiar with the computer keyboard and have some skill in typing to do these exercises in a reasonable amount of time.
  3. Resource files: Files that you need to create the documents in the projects are provided for download in a zip file and are also available online separately. Your instructor may have put these files on your computer already.

    To get these resource files, Left click 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.

  4. Removable File Storage: USB drive Icon: USB storage for Class documents

    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-

    • Computer does have USB ports.
    • You are allowed to use one of the USB ports.
    • You can physically get to the USB port.
      Some are on the back of the computer case.
    • Operating system will recognize a USB drive.
      All recent versions of Windows can recognize USB drives and install software to operate them.
    • Physical arrangement of USB ports - Are they side by side? one above the other?
      Some USB storage devices are wider or thicker than others and may not fit all port arrangements, especially if a neighboring USB port has something plugged into it. Some USB drives come with a short extension cable or you can buy one..

    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!

    Icon: Class drive is fullHow to handle a full disk

  5. Word Processing Program: To create text documents you use a word processing program like MS Word, WordPerfect, or Google Docs. This tutorial was written for Microsoft Word, versions 2007, 2010, and 2013. There are comments where different methods apply.

    Different brands of word processors will do most of the same tasks these days. But the details, names for the features, and location of commands will probably be quite different.

    Lessons for earlier versions of Word:  Words97-2003


 Icon: Page with step-by-step directions    Hands-on topic, (in menu) where you will have Step-by-Step directions.

Tip   marks a tip - something you might find useful to know.

Warning  marks a warning about possible problems.

Icon: Trouble marks directions for what to do in case of trouble

Icon: Class storage devicestorage device for your Class documents

Icon: Backup of Class databackup copy of your Class documents

Icon: Removable storage device is fullyour 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.

 Icon: Word2007  Word 2007 
Icon: Word2010  Word 2010  
Icon:Word2013  Word 2013

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.

Icon: Word2007 Icon: Word2010 Word 2007, 2010
Icon: Word2010 Icon:Word2013 Word 2010, 2013

Did you want Word97-2003?

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 coincidence.
The author cannot be held responsible for any damage to hardware, software, or data resulting from your attempts to follow the directions.