Welcome to our free Introduction to Microsoft Word tutorial. This tutorial is based on Webucator's Introduction to Microsoft Word 2019 Training course.
In this lesson, you will learn about the Ribbon and the various features including tabs, groups, commands, and more.
The Ribbon is the display you see at the top of the Microsoft Word window. It is your primary interface with Word. It allows you to access most of the commands available to you in Word. The Ribbon is composed of three parts: Tabs, Groups, and Commands.
Microsoft Word is a powerful program that is used to create many different types of documents, including articles, letters, books, contracts, marketing documents, and much more. Microsoft Word has hundreds of commands for working with documents. To make it easier for users to find the specific commands they are looking for, commands are organized onto eight main tabs:
PAGE LAYOUTin Word 2013) to change your margins, add columns, change the page orientation, and more.
Note that the File menu is not the same as a tab. The File menu takes you to the Backstage view, where you manage, rather than make changes to, your document. The Backstage view is covered in the next lesson.
In addition to the main tabs, there are numerous tool tabs which include less commonly used commands. Individual tool tabs are covered in detail in our intermediate and advanced Microsoft Word classes. For now you should know:
To further organize the many commands available in Microsoft Word, commands are organized in groups on each tab. Each group contains three or more related commands. The following table lists the groups found on each tab:
In some groups, you will see a button in the lower right corner, next to the group name. This is the Dialog Box Launcher. Opening the group's dialog box will give you access to additional commands associated with that group:
Commands are controls that enable you to accomplish specific tasks, such as bolding a word, adding a list, inserting a picture, or adding page numbers.
One useful command is inserting symbols, such as em dashes and the trademark symbols, into documents. To do so, select the Insert tab on the Ribbon and in the Insert group, select the Symbols drop-down list and select the symbol.
Word 2016 introduced the Tell Me feature on the Ribbon. The Ribbon now contains the text "Tell me what you want to do..."
If you click this text, it becomes a text box where you can enter text to search on to quickly perform actions. Just clicking the box pops up some possible ideas.
For example, "Leave a comment" brings up the option to insert a comment in the document.
In this exercise, you will explore the Ribbon to answer the following questions:
If your installation of Microsoft Word has been customized, some of your answers may differ.