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Microsoft Word - Beginner

  • Length 1 day
  • Price  NZD 415 exc GST
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Why study this course

Microsoft Word is the Office suite’s flagship productivity software. Modern versions of Microsoft Word incorporate many features and connectivity options to make collaboration and production as easy as possible.

This introductory course is intended to help all novice computer users get up to speed with Microsoft Word quickly. We will cover different features of the interface, show users how to create and format basic documents, and introduce users to Microsoft Word’s most important tools.

After completion of this course you may be interested in our Microsoft Word - Intermediate course and Microsoft Word - Advanced courses.

Note: Word 2016, Word 2019, Word 2021, and Word 365 are all desktop application versions of Microsoft Word. Word 2016, Word 2019, and Word 2021 are the perpetual, bought-outright, stand-alone versions of the software; Word 365 is the subscription-based version. Anyone working with any of these versions will be able to successfully complete this course. Throughout this course you will be using the desktop app; the course does not cover use of the web/online app.

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What you’ll learn

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Work with the basic features of Word

  • Create a new document

  • Work with a document

  • Display documents using various views

  • Select and work with text in a document

  • Use a range of font formatting techniques

  • Format paragraphs

  • Create and modify tabs and tables

  • Insert and work with clip art and pictures

  • Use the Mail Merge Wizard to perform mail merges

  • Print a document

  • Find the information you need in Help

  • Create high quality document designs and layouts

  • Work effectively with features that affect the page layout of your document

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Who is the course for?

This course is designed for users new to Microsoft Word specifically and word processing in general.

Course subjects


  • Starting Word from the Desktop

  • Understanding the Start Screen

  • Creating a New Blank Document

  • How Word Works

  • Using the Ribbon

Showing and Collapsing the Ribbon

  • Understanding the Backstage View

  • Accessing the Backstage View

  • Using Shortcut Menus

  • Understanding Dialog Boxes

  • Launching Dialog Boxes

  • Understanding the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)

  • Adding Commands to the QAT

  • Understanding the Status Bar

  • Exiting Safely from Word


  • Creating Documents in Word

  • Typing Text

  • The Save As Place

  • The Save As Dialog Box

  • Saving a New Document

  • Typing Numbers

  • Inserting a Date

  • Document Proofing

  • Checking Spelling and Grammar

  • Making Basic Changes

  • Saving an Existing Document

  • Printing a Document

  • Safely Closing a Document


  • The Open Place

  • The Open Dialog Box

  • Opening an Existing Document

  • Navigating With the Keyboard

  • Scrolling Through a Document

  • Page Zooming

  • Viewing the Ruler

  • Showing Paragraph Marks

  • Counting Words


  • Viewing Multiple Pages

  • Viewing Page Width

  • Viewing 100 Percent

  • Splitting the Window

  • Opening a New Window

  • Understanding Document Views

  • Changing Document Views

  • Understanding Read Mode

  • Viewing a Document in Read Mode

  • Viewing Gridlines


  • Techniques for Selecting Text

  • Selecting Text Using the Mouse

  • Selecting Text Using the Keyboard

  • Editing Text in Insert Mode

  • Editing Text in Overtype Mode

  • Understanding Find and Replace

  • Deleting Text

  • Using Undo

  • Using Redo

  • Using Repeat

  • Using Click and Type

  • Inserting Symbols and Special Characters

  • Finding Words

  • The Find and Replace Dialog Box

  • Replacing Words

  • Performing Advanced Searches

  • Using Go To


  • Understanding Font Formatting

  • Understanding Font Formatting Tools

  • Working With Live Preview

  • Changing Fonts

  • Changing Font Size

  • Superscripting Text

  • Increasing and Decreasing Font Size

  • Making Text Bold

  • Italicising Text

  • Underlining Text

  • Applying Strikethrough

  • Subscripting Text

  • Highlighting Text

  • Changing Case

  • Changing Text Colour

  • Applying Text Effects

  • Using the Format Painter

  • Using the Font Dialog Box

  • Clearing Font Formatting


  • Understanding Paragraph Formatting

  • Understanding Text Alignment

  • Changing Text Alignments

  • Changing Line Spacing

  • Changing Paragraph Spacing

  • Indenting Paragraphs

  • Outdenting Paragraphs

  • Starting a Bulleted List

  • Adding Bullets to Existing Paragraphs

  • Removing Existing Bullets

  • Starting a Numbered List

  • Numbering Existing Paragraphs

  • Creating a Multilevel List

  • Removing Existing Numbers

  • Borders and Shading Dialog Box

  • Shading Paragraphs

  • Applying Borders to Paragraphs

  • The Paragraph Dialog Box

  • Indents and Spacing

  • The Paragraph Dialog Box

  • Line and Page Breaks

  • Using the Paragraph Dialog Box


  • Changing Page Margins

  • Setting Custom Margins

  • Changing Page Orientation

  • Changing Paper Sizing

  • Setting Custom Paper Sizes

  • Inserting Page Breaks

  • Removing Page Breaks

  • Inserting Page Numbers

  • Formatting Page Numbers

  • Removing Page Numbers


  • Using Default Tabs Setting

  • Tabs on the Ruler

  • Modifying Tabs on the Ruler

  • Setting Tabs in the Tabs Dialog Box

  • Setting Tab Leaders

  • Setting Bar Tabs

  • Setting Mixed Tabs

  • Removing Tabs


  • Understanding Tables

  • Creating a Table

  • Adding Data to a Table

  • Selecting in Tables using the Ribbon

  • Selecting in Tables using the Mouse

  • Inserting Columns and Rows

  • Deleting Columns and Rows

  • Changing Column Widths

  • Changing Row Heights

  • Autofitting Columns

  • Shading Cells

  • Modifying Borders

  • Adding Custom Borders

  • Choosing a Table Style

ClipArt Pictures

  • Understanding Clip Art and Pictures

  • Inserting Clip Art

  • Selecting Clip Art

  • Applying Text

  • Wrapping Styles

  • Positioning Clip Art

  • Resizing Clip Art

  • Applying Picture Styles to Clip Art

  • Resetting Clip Art

  • Deleting Clip Art

Mail Merge

  • Understanding Printing

  • Previewing Your Document

  • Quick Printing

  • Selecting a Printer

  • Printing the Current Page

  • Specifying a Range of Pages

  • Specifying the Number of Copies

  • Printing

  • Understanding Mail Merge

  • Understanding the Mail Merge Process

  • Creating a Recipient List

  • Creating the Starting Document

  • Starting the Mail Merge Wizard

  • Selecting a Recipient List

  • Inserting Mail Merge Fields

  • Previewing the Merged Documents

  • Completing the Merge


  • Understanding How Help Works

  • The Help Window

  • Using the Office Website

  • Googling Help

  • Printing a Help Topic


  • Meeting Organisational Requirements

  • The Four Pillars of Great Design

  • Perfect Page Layouts

  • Make It Readable

  • Pictures Tell a Story

  • The Tips and Traps of Writing


This course assumes that the user understands the basics of using a Windows-based computer. Students should be comfortable using the keyboard, mouse, and Start menu. Understanding and experience with printing and using a web browser is an asset, but not required.

No previous experience with Microsoft Word is necessary.

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