Word 2010 Getting Started with Word

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Word 2010

Getting Started with Word


Word 2010 is a word processor that allows you to create various types of documents such as letters, papers, flyers, faxes and more. In this lesson, you will be introduced to the Ribbon and the new Backstage view, and you'll learn how to create new documents and open existing ones. 

Getting to Know Word 2010

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Word 2010 is a bit different from earlier versions, so even if you've used Word before, you should take some time to familiarize yourself with the interface. The toolbars are similar to those in Word 2007, and they include the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar. Unlike Word 2007, commands such as Open and Print are housed inBackstage view, which replaces the Microsoft Office Button.
Watch the video to learn about the Ribbon, Backstage View, and the Quick Access Toolbar.

The Ribbon

The new, tabbed Ribbon system was introduced in Word 2007 to replace traditional menus. The Ribboncontains all of the commands you'll need in order to do common tasks. It contains multiple tabs, each with severalgroups of commands, and you can add your own tabs that contain your favorite commands. Some groups have an arrow in the bottom-right corner that you can click to see even more commands.
Overview of the ribbonThe Ribbon
Certain programs, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, may install additional tabs to the Ribbon. These tabs are called Add-ins.

To Minimize and Maximize the Ribbon:

The Ribbon is designed to be responsive to your current task and easy to use; however, you can choose tominimize it if it's taking up too much screen space.
  1. Click the arrow in the upper-right corner of the Ribbon to minimize it.
    Minimizing the RibbonMinimizing the Ribbon
  2. To maximize the Ribbon, click the arrow again.
When the Ribbon is minimized, you can make it reappear by clicking on a tab. However, the Ribbon will disappear again when you're not using it.

To Customize the Ribbon:

You can customize the Ribbon by creating your own tabs with whichever commands you want. Commands are always housed within a group, and you can create as many groups as you want in order to keep your tab organized. If you want, you can even add commands to any of the default tabs, as long as you create a custom group in the tab.
  1. Right-click the Ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon. A dialog box will appear.
    Clicking Customize the RibbonRight-clicking the Ribbon to customize it
  2. Click New Tab. A new tab will be created with a new group inside it.
  3. Make sure the new group is selected.
  4. Select a command from the list on the left, then click Add. You can also drag commands directly into a group.
  5. When you are done adding commands, click OK.
    Customizing the RibbonThe dialog box where you can customize the Ribbon
    If you don't see the command you want, click on the Choose commands from: drop-down box and select All Commands.
    Displaying All CommandsDisplaying All Commands

    Backstage View

    Backstage view gives you various options for saving, opening a file, printing, or sharing your document. It is similar to the Office Button Menu from Word 2007 or the File Menu from earlier versions of Word. However, instead of just a menu, it is a full-page view which makes it easier to work with.

    To Get to Backstage View:

    1. Click the File tab.
      Backstage viewBackstage view
    2. You can choose an option on the left side of the page.
    3. To get back to your document, just click any tab on the Ribbon.

      The Quick Access Toolbar

      The Quick Access Toolbar is located above the ribbon, and it lets you access common commands no matter which tab you're on. By default, it shows the SaveUndo, and Repeat commands. You can add other commands to make it more convenient for you.

      To Add Commands to the Quick Access Toolbar:

      1. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the Quick Access Toolbar.
      2. Select the command you wish to add from the drop-down menu. It will appear in the Quick Access toolbar.
        Adding Commands to the Quick Access ToolbarAdding a command to the Quick Access Toolbar

      The Ruler

      The Ruler is located at the top and to the left of your document. It makes it easier to adjust your document with precision. If you want, you can hide the Ruler to free up more screen space.
        The RulerThe Ruler

      To Hide or View the Ruler:

      1. Click the View Ruler icon over the scrollbar to hide the ruler.
      2. To show the ruler, click the View Ruler icon again.
        Hiding and viewing the RulerHiding and viewing the Ruler

        Creating and Opening Documents

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        Watch the video to learn how to create and open documents.

        To Create a New, Blank Document:

        1. Click the File tab. This takes you to Backstage view.
        2. Select New.
        3. Select Blank document under Available Templates. It will be highlighted by default.
          Creating a new documentCreating a new document
        4. Click Create. A new, blank document appears in the Word window.
        To save time, you can create your document from a template, which you can select from the New Document pane. We'll talk about templates in a later lesson.

        To Open an Existing Document:

        1. Click the File tab. This takes you to Backstage view.
        2. Select Open. The Open dialog box appears.
          The Open Dialog BoxOpening a document
        3. Select your document and then click Open.
        If you've opened a file recently, you can also access it from the Recent Documents list. Just click on the Filetab and select Recent.
        Opening a recent documentOpening a recent document



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