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Working with Microsoft Word

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If you use your computer to type letters, lists or other documents, you will know how convenient it is; certainly much better than the old typewriter. With Microsoft Word there are simple ways to give your word processing that professional touch. This series of Tutorials guides you from the very basics through to some of the more advanced skills. You will be able to create and edit documents with ease; and later start building a hard-copy book, whether it be for your own recipes, a personal diary, or even a novel. Microsoft Word truly is something special. Follow through our How-to step-by-step Tutorials and be amazed by what you can achieve.

Tutorial 1.   Learn about some of the basic Microsoft Word tools, where to find them, and How-to use them properly. You can do more than just type words in a document. They can be positioned centrally, placed on the left or right of a page with a click of the mouse; but it is often quicker using the keyboard. Go through this Tutorial from start to finish and discover how easy it is to change the overall look of a document employing different fonts and styles. And you will be taught how to skip from one part of the text to another in a tap. Even if you are already familiar with Microsoft Word, do yourself a favour and work through this first Tutorial before moving on. Retain complete control of your work by creating it from the ground up - then, in just a jiffy, you'll know how to fix those mistakes which everyone makes. Includes an Addendum for 365 users.

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Tutorial 2. In this section you will learn some basic editing techniques. They will familiarise you with easy ways to move single words or blocks of text to a different place in the document. You will learn about: deleting, cutting, copying and pasting. There are also tips on quick ways to move around your document using the keyboard. Included will be an important Microsoft Windows procedure for Organising Your Word Documents. Includes an Addendum for 365 users.

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Tutorial 3.   The third tutorial in this series will teach you How-to import text from other documents; and even from the Internet. The copying procedures will be useful for many future tasks. There is additional advice on Windows Explorer which will be useful when creating and saving new files to your personal WORD Folder.

You will also be creating 3 new documents and compiling a Keyboard Shortcuts file as a quick reference that you can add to as you progress through the course. Includes an Addendum for 365 users.

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Tutorial 4. Formatting is an important part of word processing which allows you to create documents the way you want them. You will learn about this as you draft a business letter template for future use. Then, this will be used to produce a form letter - the kind that is often used for sending the same news to a number of recipients, especially a change of address advice. Includes an Addendum for 365 users.

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Tutorial 5. Text boxes are a useful addition when word-processing. In this tutorial you will learn how to create and format them to suit your own specific purposes. All procedures are explained with step-by-step instructions; and there are simple tests to perform which show what text boxes can do to existing text on a page. Having full control over the way a document looks and how to change its layout are essential skills for future tutorials. Includes an Addendum for 365 users.

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Tutorial 6. The Internet is loaded with useful information. This tutorial explains how selections can be copied into your documents, then edited to suit. You will be using A Season of Happiness website for copying text and an image to create a recipe template that will later be the start of your own recipe book. On occasions, copying from a web page is not allowed; but learn about Screen Printing, and the problem can be overcome. Includes an Addendum for 365 users.

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Tutorial 7. There are three new Microsoft Word skills to learn in this one, so you might like to take it in easy stages. The first segment teaches How-to split a page into columns and explains the methods required to use them to advantage. Next, tables are introduced and you will be making up two types. The final section incorporates columns and tables to begin creating an A5 recipe book which can be printed on standard A4 paper. Includes an Addendum for 365 users.

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Tutorial 8. Some simple File Management to ease the clutter in your Tutorial Folder. Previous work on the A5 book finally comes together; and you can even use the technique to make your own greetings cards.

Lists and Bullets are handy in many documents, both for business and the home. Learn how to compile and format them so that listed items are easy to see and find.

The last part of this Tutorial takes you on a brief tour of Microsoft Magic: a selection of those creative tools that are not only fun, but will add a touch of class to your documents. Includes an Addendum for 365 users.

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