Project 1: Word Basics
Word Help

Title: Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101
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Help Topics

The Help documents for Word will be very important to you as you learn about Word's features. They contain the answers to most of your questions. It takes some practice to learn how to use Help, however. Practice makes perfect, so you will now get some practice in using Help and applying what you learned.

The Step-by-Step section below will guide you to use Help to find out about some of the automatic features of Word. These automatic behaviors are very helpful, but sometimes they are too helpful! You need to learn what Word thinks it is doing, so you won't think that you are the one going crazy!

Keep in mind that AutoCorrect will use some of your settings in AutoFormat, too. It's a bit confusing.

Where you are:
JegsWorks > Lessons > Word97-2003

Before you start...

Project 1: Word Basics
    Interfaceto subtopics
    Getting Started To subtopics
    icon-footprintOpen Word
    icon-footprintWord Settings
    icon-footprintHelp- Topics
    icon-footprintHelp- Assistant
    FormatTo subtopics
    ImagesTo subtopics
    Pre-PrintTo subtopics
    Manage Printing
    ExercisesTo subtopics

Project 2: Auto ToolsTo subtopics

Project 3: BrochureTo subtopics

Project 4: ReportTo subtopics


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Step-by-Step: Help Topics

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What you will learn:

to use Word Help contents
to turn off Office Assistant
what AutoCorrect can correct
what AutoFormat can change

Start with: Class disk  Word with blank document (Word is open with a blank document.)

If you worked through the lessons in Working with Windows, you already have formatted a floppy disk and put several folders and files on it. While the files you saved will not be used again, you do need the folder my docs and its subfolders word project1, and word project2.  You will make more folders as you go along.

Warning Eventually your floppy disk will be full, so keep a spare blank disk handy or plan to delete files (after your work has been graded!).

Check it out!

Class disk Your Class disk should currently contain:
  • Open Folder icon my docs
    • Folder icon win project2
      • Text file doc 1.txt
      • Paint image myname.bmp
    • Folder icon word project1
    • Folder icon word project2

Turn off Office Assistant

If you are using Word 97 or later, to get to the Help dialog you must turn off the Office Assistant. If you do not see the Office Assistant, it may be just hiding instead of turned off. You will learn to use Office Assistant in the next lesson.

  1. If the Office Assistant is not showing , from the menu select  Help  |  Show Assistant .
  2. Click on the Office Assistant cartoon to open its dialog.
  3. Click on the Options button.
  4. On the Options tab of the dialog that opens, uncheck the box Use the Office Assistant.
  5. Click on OK to close the dialog. Watch the Assistant do its disappearing act. 

Read Help Topics

Word has the ability to automatically fix some of the most common typing mistakes and to automatically insert symbols for some character combinations. It can be quite a surprise if Word "corrects" something and you weren't expecting it. You can turn off some of this automation if it "corrects" things that you don't want corrected.

  1. From the menu, choose:
    Icon: Word 97 Help   |   Contents & Index 
    Icon: Word 2000  Microsoft Word Help  |  Contents  |  Formatting  |  Formatting with AutoFormat 
    Icon: Word 2002 Microsoft Word Help | Contents | Document Fundamentals  | Formatting Text |  AutoFormat
    Icon: Word 2003 Help | Microsoft Office Word Help (the Help Task Pane opens) | Table of Contents | Working with Text | Automatic Text Options | AutoFormat
  2. Read all the topics displayed under AutoFormat. Be sure to read the linked topics inside them. Some are also listed in the Contents pane, but not all are. Close Help after you have finished reading.

    Help Contents tab expanded to topic 'What types of automatic changes does Word make?' Pane: Help - Autoformat results

    Word 2000 In Word 2000 in the topic Format a document automatically, read the link Learn about automatic formatting options. and the link in that topic Learn about the results of formatting a document automatically. This last page has a list of the autocorrections Word comes with. It's is a lot harder to find than it was in Word 97.

    Icon: Word 2002 Icon: Word 2003 In Word 2002/2003 the topic Automatic formatting results has a list of what kind of formatting Word will do automatically by default. It's an important list that is buried rather deeply in the topic structure.

Dialog: AutoCorrect

  1. Open the AutoCorrect dialog box, using the menu  Tools  |  AutoCorrect… .
    Icon: Word 2002 Tools  |  AutoCorrect Options… .
  2. Select the tab AutoCorrect. There should be a check mark in each box. Be especially careful that Replace text as you type is checked.

    Dialog: AutoCorrect - AutoCorrect tab

  3. Select the tab AutoFormat as you type. (Be careful you are on the correct tab and not the AutoFormat tab. Confusing again!!)

    Dialog - AutoCorrect | AutoFormat as you type

  4. For this exercise, be sure that the box for Ordinals (1st) with superscript is NOT checked. Usually you will want this one checked, but we are going to experiment shortly.
  5. Word 2000 Icon: Word 2002 The box for Define styles based on your formatting should NOT be checked. When this one is checked, Word looks at what formatting you apply to text that already has a paragraph style. Then Word changes the style definition to match! Useful, but it could be disastrous if you forget about it.
  6. Place a checkmark in the other boxes as shown in the illustration by clicking them.
  7. Click on OK to close the dialog.


To print a copy of what you will be typing, click here to open an image in your browser. Use the browser's Print command (File | Print). Then use the Back button to return to this page.

  1. Type for autocorrectionOn line 1 of your blank document type the words  Word Project 1  and press the ENTER key to move to a new line.
  2. On line 2 type your name and press the ENTER key.
  3. Starting on line 3, type the characters at the right EXACTLY as shown. Press the ENTER key at the end of each line. Watch carefully to see how Word changes what you type.

    Note: After the (tm) those faint double dots are colons. The dots in between words show that there is a blank space there.

    The AutoCorrect and AutoFormat features change your typing except for the one feature that we turned off earlier - the ordinal number.

  4. With your cursor in the last line, press BACKSPACE once. This stops the bulleting of the lines.
  5. Start typing the name of the current month. Word's AutoText suggests a completion to what you type in a popup tip Date popup, in this case the date. (You may need to type a space after the month to see the popup.) Of course the date you get will be today's date!
    AutoText popup tip for month (2003)Icon: Word 2003 Word 2003 suggests just the month, not the full date.
  6. Press ENTER to accept what Word suggests.


  1. Select the characters  1st  in line 4 by dragging over them.
  2. From the menu select  Format  |  AutoFormat… |  Options  |  Autoformat as you type . Put a checkmark in the box beside Ordinals (1st) with Superscript. Now when Word autoformats as you type, it will apply this rule, too.
  3. Click on OK to return to the AutoFormat dialog.
    Now Word is ready to AutoCorrect your superscript. But you must do something to make Word actually look at the text again.
  4. AutoFormat dialog Click on AutoFormat now, if it is not already selected.
  5. Click on the OK button. The characters should look like 1st now. Amazing!!

    [You can also use AutoFormat button the AutoFormat button, but it is not on the toolbar by default in all versions of Word.]

    Finished AutoFormat document
    Completed document - AutoCorrect & AutoFormat done

  6. Go back to  Tools  |  AutoCorrect… 
    Icon: Word 2002Icon: Word 2003 Tools  |  AutoCorrect Options… .
    Uncheck again Ordinals (1st) with Superscript. You'll get another chance to use this technique later.

    You might be asking yourself- why not leave these AutoFormat choices on all the time? Sometimes it's more trouble than it is worth if Word keeps trying to AutoFormat something that you don't want changed. If you really want a set of 6 dashes instead of a border, you have to uncheck the AutoFormat Borders which turns those dashes into a straight line across the page, for example.

  7. Class disk Save this document by clicking Save button the Save button. Since this is a new document, you will see the Save As dialog box. Name the document  mysymbols.doc  and save it in the  word project1 folder on your Class disk.
  8. Print icon Print by clicking Print button the Print button on the toolbar.
  9. Close the document with Button - Close the Close button for the document window, but do not close Word.