Working with Words: Word 97 thru 2003

Word Processing

Title: Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101
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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

Where you are:
JegsWorks > Lessons > Word97-2003

Before you start...

Project 1: Word Basics
    InterfaceTo subtopics
    Getting StartedTo subtopics 
    FormatTo subtopics
    ImagesTo subtopics
    Pre-PrintTo subtopics
    Manage Printing
    ExercisesTo subtopics

Project 2: Auto Tools
    Make ChangesTo subtopics
    AutoFormatTo subtopics
    Margins & BreaksTo subtopics
    Wizards/TemplatesTo subtopics
    ExercisesTo subtopics

Project 3: Brochure
    Linked Text BoxesTo subtopics
    BrochureTo subtopics
    ExercisesTo subtopics

Project 4: Report 
    MLA Guidelines
    Create ReportTo subtopics
    TablesTo subtopics
    Finish ReportTo subtopics
    ExercisesTo subtopics 


What you need

  1. Basic Windows skills: The skills covered in the Windows unit - using a mouse to click, double-click, drag, & right click; parts of a window; moving, resizing, maximizing, & 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

    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, 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. Your data is much safer on a USB drive than on a floppy disk and easier to work with than if burned on a CD.

    Before you buy:
    Check the following for both the classroom computer AND your home computer-

    • 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 the back of the computer case.
    • Operating system will recognize a USB drive.
      Windows 2000, XP, and Me will automatically recognize your USB drive. For Win95 and Win98, you must install drivers.
    • Physical arrangement of USB ports - Are they side by side? one above the other?
      Some USB drives are wider or thicker than others and may not fit all port arrangements, especially if a neighboring USB port has something plugged into it. Many USB drives come with a short extension cable.

    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!

    Full disk How to handle a full disk

  5. Word Processing Program: To create text documents you use a word processing program like MS Word, Lotus WordPro, or WordPerfect. This tutorial was written for Microsoft Word, version 97, 2000, 2002 (which is part of the Office XP suite), and 2003. There are comments where different methods apply. Word 95 was quite similar in the basic tools and methods. Different brands of word processors will do most of the same tasks these days. But the details, names for the features, and commands may be quite different.

Examples of word processing programs

Examples of Word Processing Programs


icon-footprint A footprint marks the hands-on topics, where you are to follow Step-by-Step directions.

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

Warning marks a warning about possible problems.

Icon: Word 97 Word 97

Icon: Word 2000 Word 2000

Icon: Word 2002Word 2002

Icon: Word 2003 Word 2003

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


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Last updated: 30 Apr 2012