Working with Words:
Word 97 thru 2003

Title: Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101
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Before you start... How these lessons work

These lessons are part of a set of tutorials in Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101. The tutorials cover Computer Basics, Windows , word processing: Word 97 thru 2003 (which is the section you are in now!) or Word 2007/10, spreadsheets, the web, presentations, and databases.

Who is this for?

The whole course is designed for people who are new to computers, but even old pros need a refresher from time to time. You might even learn something new, or at least be reminded of tips and tricks that you have forgotten.

Clearly, if you are reading this page in a browser, you already have some computer skills, or else you have a handy helper or instructor close by.

What's covered?

The Working with Words lessons will start with the basic skills in word processing- entering text, editing text, moving and deleting text, inserting and formatting pictures, creating headers and footers, formatting text, using styles, templates, wizards, printing. You will wind up creating some pretty nifty documents. Never fear! It's not as hard as it looks.

The lessons do build on one another, so if you skip one, you may get confused later. Documents you create may be used in later lessons. Fair warning!

Lesson design

Each lesson has:

  • Topics -  info for you to read
  • Step-by-Step directions - for things to do at the computer.
  • Quiz - multiple choice questions
  • Exercises- to give you practice and to take you further.

Warning You must actually follow the directions while at the computer!! 
You cannot just read about a technique and expect to be able to do it yourself later. It is different when you are doing it yourself!

printer icon You might want to print the steps out if your monitor or resolution is small. It can be hard to read directions on the screen while you are trying to follow the directions!

Tip You may can print just the parts you want. Select the part to print and either right click or go to the File menu and then the Print... command. There may be a choice in the dialog to print just the "Selection", depending on which browser and operating system you are using. This choice might be buried in Advanced settings.

Tip If you want to work with directions on the screen, you can switch between the directions in the browser and the application window where you are working by clicking on the taskbar icon or with the ALT + TAB key combination. Or if you are using a high resolution, perhaps you can size your windows so that you can see both at the same time.

(These techniques are taught in the Windows lessons.)

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 see may not match!

What you actually see on your computer may vary from what is shown and described here. Things change quickly in the world of computers. Don't let it fluster you!

  • New version or update - Each one makes changes, some minor and some quite noticeable. Your software may be older or more recent than mine. My illustrations are not all from the same version either! When I revise, I usually use a screenshot from my current version and do not change it unless there is an important difference.
  • Customized - Everyone likes to arrange things to suit themselves. So your computer may not have the default settings any more, and, therefore, not behave as the lessons describe. This, too, is part of the world of computers!

The Step-by-Step sections will explain how to set the features that will affect how your computer responds to the directions. If your computer still does not behave as you expected, look in the Help for the program or ask your instructor or network administrator (or a more experienced friend). That's why they are there!
[Note: You may not be allowed to change some settings on classroom or network computers.]

The directions and images were prepared originally from Word 97, but I have included discussion of Word 95, 2000, 2002, and 2003, where the difference is significant. (Word 2007 and Word 2010 are covered elsewhere.) The basic skills and approach are the same, even when the details change a lot.

If you don't find something that the directions refer to, it may not have been installed. For example, it is common for grammar checking to not be installed. Clipart may not have been copied to the hard drive.  In that case, you must have the installation CD in the CD-ROM drive in order to access the clipart. You can rerun the installation program to add features that were overlooked before.

The templates and wizards will not be the same in a different brand of word processor and sometimes change between versions of the same program. There may not be anything even close for some wizards. But the techniques of how to work with a template or a wizard are the same. 

Interrupted Work

You may need to stop before finishing all of the directions in a Step-by-Step section. Pay attention to what lesson page you are on when you quit. If you are sharing a computer, write down the page's address from the browser's address bar. If you are on your own computer, you can bookmark the page in the browser. Bookmarks on a classroom computer may not be there when you get back to it!

Some of the Step-by-Step exercises will have a Start with: line that tells you what the situation should be when you start the exercise. This can help when you had to stop before finishing the document. The steps build on one another to complete a document, so don't try to skip steps even if you know how to do the skill being illustrated. Perhaps you'll learn a different way to accomplish a task!

icon-floppy disk If you were creating a document, don't forget to save it, or you will have lots to redo when you return to the computer!

How detailed

The amount of detail in the directions and illustrations will decrease as you gain more experience.

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