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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 seven main tabs:

  1. HOME. The HOME tab includes commands for formatting documents.
  2. INSERT. Use the INSERT tab to insert pages, tables, pictures, links, headers and footers, custom text and symbols, and more.
  3. DESIGN. Use the DESIGN tab to set document formatting and page backgrounds. DESIGN is new in Word 2013.
  4. PAGE LAYOUT. Use the PAGE LAYOUT tab to change your margins, add columns, change the page orientation, and more.
  5. REFERENCES. Use the REFERENCES tab to add a table of contents, add footnotes, add a bibliography, and more.
  6. MAILINGS. Use the MAILINGS tab to create labels, start a mail merge, and more.
  7. REVIEW. Use the REVIEW tab to check spelling and grammar, track and accept or reject changes, compare documents, and more.
  8. VIEW. Use the VIEW tab to change your document view, show the Ruler or navigation pane, zoom in or out, and more. Tabs

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.

Tool Tabs

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:

  • That they exist. Some of the most commonly used tool tabs are:
    • CHART
    • TABLE
  • That they will appear when you select commands that have related tool tabs. For example, when you insert a table, two table-specific tool tabs (DESIGN and LAYOUT) will appear: Table Tools Tabs