Welcome to Office Applications – Word Processing & Keyboarding! For this first week, we will walk through a quick refresher on the basics in Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word is a word processing application that is used for personal, educational, and business purposes. You can use Word to create a calendar to help you keep track of all your various appointments and responsibilities throughout the month or perhaps you want to use Word to create a list of to do items for the week. Throughout your educational experiences you will utilize Microsoft Word in various ways such as in writing an essay or research paper. In this course specifically you will be creating business letters, memos, flyers, reports, newsletters, and so much more. Each of these types of documents are used in the workplace and your ability to demonstrate competency in creating and modifying these is essential. In fact, one of the top ten skills required by employers is competency in working with computer software programs. Take a look at this great article in Forbes magazine to learn more about the competencies employers most highly desire.
Throughout this first week we will review the basics of working with features and functions in Microsoft Word such as opening, creating, modifying, and saving a Word document. You will also work with basic formatting features such as using bold and italics. A review of line and paragraph breaks will be provided. Remember, Word automatically wraps to the next line so be sure to utilize this as opposed to pressing the Enter key when you start to run out of room as this will cause the first letter in that new line to be capitalized and appear as though you wanted a new sentence. We will also review page layout settings including setting margins and page orientation. You will also review the use of the ruler for setting tab stops and where you want indents to be set. The insertion of a header and footer with the potential to add elements such as page numbers and dates will be reviewed. This is especially valuable as you progress throughout your studies you will be tasked with writing a research paper in Word which requires the use of a running header with specific information that adheres to formatting rules for APA. A common feature that is used in Microsoft Word is also explored this first week, the creation of a bulleted or numbered list. This can be a great way to organize information in a more readable format. There is lots to explore, so let’s get started. Please review these brief tutorials as a refresher on some of the basic functions and features in Word 2016.
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