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Webucator's Free Upgrading to Microsoft Word 2010 Tutorial

Lesson: Getting Started in Word 2010

Welcome to our free Upgrading to Microsoft Word 2010 tutorial. This tutorial is based on Webucator's Upgrading to Microsoft Word 2010 course.

In this lesson, you will learn how to get started with Microsoft Word 2010.

Lesson Goals

  • Learn to start Microsoft Word 2010.
  • Learn how to create a new document in Microsoft Word 2010.

Starting Microsoft Word

To start Microsoft Word (see screenshot below):

  1. Click the Start menu.
  2. Select All Programs.
  3. Select Microsoft Office.
  4. Select Microsoft Word 2010.

Creating a Document

When you open Microsoft Word, a document is automatically opened as well. As you can see in the screenshot below, the default document is named "Document1".

The arrow in the screenshot points to the location of your cursor when Word opens. To start creating a document, simply begin typing.

Saving a Document

The first time you save a Microsoft Word document, you need to give it a name and location. To do this:

  1. From the File menu, select Save As.
  2. Selecting Save As opens up a dialog box in which you can see:
    1. The document location, or where on your computer Word will save your document. You can select a new location by clicking on the arrows.
    2. The file name. Note that this is highlighted as Microsoft Word expects you to choose your own name for the document. Simply begin typing to do so.
    3. The file type. Note that this defaults to ".docx", which is the default file type for Microsoft Word 2010 documents. When final, you can choose to save your document as another type, such as a pdf, simply by choosing "PDF (*.pdf)" here.
  3. After you have entered these fields, simply click Save to save the document.

The Status Bar

The Status Bar, located at the bottom of Word, shows basic information about your document and enables you to change your viewing settings. Specific items on the Status Bar include:

  1. Document information (page number and word count).
  2. Proofing status. If you see a green check, Word found no errors. A red X indicates Word has found spelling or grammatical errors in the document.
  3. View controls. You can choose from a selection of views (Print Layout, Full Screen Reading, Web Layout, Outline, and Draft).
  4. Zoom control. You can zoom in or out, to make the document bigger or smaller, based on your personal preference. Zooming changes the size of what you're viewing. It does not change what you actually print out.

Closing a Document

The two most common ways to close a Microsoft Word document are:

  1. Click the red "X" in the upper-right-hand corner:
  2. Select Close from the File menu:

When you close your document, you will be prompted to save if you have made any changes since the last time you saved.