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The window for Microsoft Word, or any other word processor, has all the standard window parts, discussed in Working with Windows: Basics - The Window,- title bar, menus, toolbars or tabbed ribbon, control menu, buttons to minimize, maximize and restore window size, status bar, scrollbars.

Example: Word Window 2007 Example: Word Window 2010) Example: Word Window 2013) Example: Word Window 2016)

Example windows

Word Window: What are the parts?

Across the top of the Word window is the Title bar. It shows the document's title (Thus explaining the name of the bar!) and has buttons to minimize, maximize and close the window. The ribbon holds buttons and galleries of commands and choices. The document (usually in print layout view) shows in the text area. The Status bar at the bottom shows the current status of several features, including the cursor location and zoom size of the document.

Word Window - labeled (Word 2007, Vista)

Office button menu (Word 2007)Icon: Word 2007 Word 2007: The upper left corner shows a single round button Button: Office 2007, the Office button, which opens a menu, similar to the File menu that you see in other programs.

File tab in Word 2013 on Win8Word 2010 - Word control button, File tabIcon: Word 2010 Icon:Word2013 Word 2010, 2013: At the top left of the window there is a normal control button (with the program's icon) and a File ribbon tab.

Right click on Title bar to see control menu (Word 2016)Icon:Word2016 Word 2016: No control icon at the top left. Instead, right click on the Title bar to get the control menu.

Word Window: How many windows are there?

Separate Windows

There is an opportunity for confusion when you have multiple documents open at the same time, so let's look at the possibilities.

Word in versions 2007 through 2016 puts each document into its own separate window. Other programs may keep the documents as separate windows inside the main program window.

But, what you see on the Taskbar will depend on what operating system is running the computer and which version of Office or Word you are using.


Examples from: Taskbar buttons

Icon: Word 2007 Word 2007 in Icon: WinXP WinXP

Separate icons for each document

Multiple Documents in WinXP

Icon: Word 2007 Word 2007 in Icon: Vista Vista

When too many documents are open, only one icon shows.

Hovering over the icon shows a cascade. Clicking the icon shows a list of document names.

Taskbar: Word 2007 in Vista showing multiple open documents  Taskbar: Word 2007 in Vista - list of multiple open documents

Icon: Word 2010 Word 2010 in Icon: Windows 7 Win7

One icon for Word
If there are 3 edges, then there are 3 or more open documents.

When the mouse hovers over the icon, thumbnails appear for open documents that have been recently viewed.

Taskbar: Icon for Word with 3 open documents (Win7)

Icon: Word 2013 Word 2013 in Icon: Win8 Win8

Behaves like Win7 - icons on Taskbar get an edge if a document is open. Up to three edges show, even if there are more than three documents open.

You hover over the Word icon to see thumbnails.

Three Word 2013 documents open in Windows 8

Icon: Word 2016 Word 2016 in Icon: Win10 Win10

Similar to Word 2013 in Win8. In Windows 10, there will be only one extra edge, no matter how many documents are open. The effect on the Taskbar icon is more subtle than previously. There is a blue underline that help show which programs are active.

Three Word 2016 documents open in Windows 10

As you go through this first section, Interface, you might want to keep copy of Word open to compare your version to the descriptions. The lessons show you Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 - the way they look and behave when they are freshly installed.