Course info
May 4, 2016
1h 32m

Interested in learning how to use Microsoft Word for your job or daily personal use? This course is the one for you! In this course, you will learn how to get started in Word 2016 by exploring the toolbar, ribbon, and changes from previous versions. Next you will learn about all the different things you can do when working with a document in Word 2016. Finally, this course will teach you important information about formatting and working with text and paragraphs to create the perfect finished document. By the end of this course, you'll know your way around Microsoft Word and you'll be able to use its many features for a variety of projects.

About the author
About the author

Heather Ackmann is an accomplished instructor with a decade of teaching experience, helping students at the high school, college, and adult levels in a variety of topics. Specializing in Microsoft Office computer applications, she is a Microsoft Office Certified Master and holds a degree in English and Secondary Education.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Getting Started
I don't know about you, but it feels to me like Microsoft Word has just been around forever. Like the other applications in the Microsoft Office Suite, there is a lot that this little application can do. And over the years, Microsoft has added features that 10, 15 years ago might have seemed like science fiction, or at minimum, out there for a word processing program. But at its heart, Microsoft word remains loyal to its core identity, in that it is still a word processing program. Sure, people don't use it to create print documents like they used to. In fact, every year the print command seems like it's getting used less and less. But Microsoft has done a very nice job in Word 2016 keeping up with the digital age we live in. You can now access Word documents from just about anywhere and on just about any device you choose, running just about any platform, iOS, or Android even. In the end, Microsoft Word tries really hard to get along with everyone else. So sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know Microsoft Word 2016.

Working with Documents
When you open Microsoft Word 2016, you will be taken to this screen. Which is a really densely packed screen if you think about what all you can do right from here. Now the left-hand portion of the screen all deals with opening existing documents. Whereas the right portion of the screen is where you can go to create new documents, either from a blank document template, or from Microsoft's many included templates and design themes. From this screen you also have access to many more templates not shown. Up top, you can search for templates by specific key words, or click on any one of these suggested searches here, to search for templates related to that keyword. From here, you can click on any template to view a description of that template, and click on the Create button to download and create a new document based upon that template. Now I don't know about you, but the vast majority of the time, I'm creating documents from this blank document. So, clicking on that brand new blank document will open this, where you can just begin typing and adding content to your own document. And that is creating a new document in Word 2016.