Microsoft Word Training

This Microsoft Word training is free and online. After completing this training you will be proficient in Microsoft Word.

Lesson 1: Getting Familiar with Microsoft Word 2007 for Windows

Microsoft Word is a word processing software package. You can use it to type letters, reports, and other documents. This tutorial teaches Microsoft Word 2007 basics. Although this tutorial was created for the computer novice, because Microsoft Word 2007 is so different from previous versions of Microsoft Word, even experienced users may find it useful.

This lesson will introduce you to the Word window. You use this window to interact with Word. To begin this lesson, open Microsoft Word 2007. The Microsoft Word window appears and your screen looks similar to the one shown here.

Microsoft Word Window

Note: Your screen will probably not look exactly like the screen shown. In Word 2007, how a window displays depends on the size of your window, the size of your monitor, and the resolution to which your monitor is set. Resolution determines how much information your computer monitor can display. If you use a low resolution, less information fits on your screen, but the size of your text and images are larger. If you use a high resolution, more information fits on your screen, but the size of the text and images are smaller. Also, Word 2007, Windows Vista, and Windows XP have settings that allow you to change the color and style of your windows.

The Microsoft Office Button

Office Button

In the upper-left corner of the Word 2007 window is the Microsoft Office button. When you click the button, a menu appears. You can use the menu to create a new file, open an existing file, save a file, and perform many other tasks.

The Quick Access Toolbar

Quick Access Toolbar

Next to the Microsoft Office button is the Quick Access toolbar. The Quick Access toolbar provides you with access to commands you frequently use. By default Save, Undo, and Redo appear on the Quick Access toolbar. You can use Save to save your file, Undo to rollback an action you have taken, and Redo to reapply an action you have rolled back.

The Title Bar

Title Bar

Next to the Quick Access toolbar is the Title bar. The Title bar displays the title of the document on which you are currently working. Word names the first new document you open Document1. As you open additional new documents, Word names them sequentially. When you save your document, you assign the document a new name.

The Ribbon

The Ribbon

You use commands to tell Microsoft Word what to do. In Microsoft Word 2007, you use the Ribbon to issue commands. The Ribbon is located near the top of the screen, below the Quick Access toolbar. At the top of the Ribbon are several tabs; clicking a tab displays several related command groups. Within each group are related command buttons. You click buttons to issue commands or to access menus and dialog boxes. You may also find a dialog box launcher in the bottom-right corner of a group. Clicking the dialog box launcher gives you access to additional commands via a dialog box.

The Ruler

The Ruler

The ruler is found below the Ribbon.

You can use the ruler to change the format of your document quickly. If your ruler is not visible, follow the steps listed here:

View the Ruler
  1. Click the View tab to choose it.
  2. Click the check box next to Ruler in the Show/Hide group. The ruler appears below the Ribbon.

The Text Area

Just below the ruler is a large area called the text area. You type your document in the text area. The blinking vertical line in the upper-left corner of the text area is the cursor. It marks the insertion point. As you type, your text displays at the cursor location. The horizontal line next to the cursor marks the end of the document.

The Text Area

The Vertical and Horizontal and Vertical Scroll Bars

The vertical and horizontal scroll bars enable you to move up, down, and across your window simply by dragging the icon located on the scroll bar. The vertical scroll bar is located along the right side of the screen. The horizontal scroll bar is located just above the status bar. To move up and down your document, click and drag the vertical scroll bar up and down. To move back and forth across your document, click and drag the horizontal scroll bar back and forth. You won't see a horizontal scroll bar if the width of your document fits on your screen.

The Status Bar

The Status bar appears at the very bottom of your window and provides such information as the current page and the number of words in your document. You can change what displays on the Status bar by right-clicking on the Status bar and selecting the options you want from the Customize Status Bar menu. You click a menu item to select it. You click it again to deselect it. A check mark next to an item means it is selected.

The Status Bar

Understanding Document Views

In Word 2007, you can display your document in one of five views: Draft, Web Layout, Print Layout, Full Screen Reading, or Online Layout.

Draft View
Draft view is the most frequently used view. You use Draft view to quickly edit your document.
Web Layout
Web Layout view enables you to see your document as it would appear in a browser such as Internet Explorer.
Print Layout
The Print Layout view shows the document as it will look when it is printed.
Reading Layout
Reading Layout view formats your screen to make reading your document more comfortable.
Outline View
Outline view displays the document in outline form. You can display headings without the text. If you move a heading, the accompanying text moves with it.

You should use Draft view for these lessons. Before moving ahead, make sure you are in Draft view:

Select Draft Mode
  1. Click the View tab.
  2. Click Draft in the Document Views group. When the Draft option is selected it appears in a contrasting color.


During the lessons that follow, you will be asked to "click" items and to choose tabs. When asked to click:

  1. Point to the item.
  2. Press your left mouse button once.

If you are asked to double-click an item:

  1. Point to the item.
  2. Quickly press your left mouse button twice.

If you are asked to right-click:

  1. Point to the item.
  2. Press your right mouse button.

If you are asked to choose a tab, click the tab.

Understanding Nonprinting Characters

Certain characters, called nonprinting characters, do not print and will not appear in your printed document but do affect your document layout. You can elect to see these characters on the screen as you type or you can elect to have them remain invisible. For these lessons, opt to see them onscreen. This table describes most of them:

Character Denotes

Denotes a tab?

A tab 


A space


The end of a paragraph

Denotes Hidden Text

Hidden text

To view nonprinting characters:

Set View Options
  1. Choose the Home tab.
  2. Click the Show/Hide button Show Hide Icon in the Paragraph group . The Show/Hide button appears in a contrasting color, when it is selected.

Create Sample Data and Select Text

If you type =rand() in your Word document and then press Enter, Word creates three paragraphs. You can use these paragraphs to practice what you learn. Throughout these lessons, you will be asked to select text. The following exercise teaches you how to create data and how to select data. You can select by using the arrow keys or by clicking and dragging. When using the arrow keys, use the up arrow to move up, the down arrow to move down, the left arrow to move left, and the right arrow to move right. When using the mouse, press the left mouse button and then drag in the direction you want to move.


Create Sample Data

  1. Type =rand().
  2. Press Enter. Three paragraphs appear in your document.

Select with the Shift and Arrow Keys

  1. Place your cursor before the word "On" in the first paragraph.
  2. Press and hold down the Shift key, which serves as an "anchor" showing where text you wish to select begins or ends.
  3. Press the right arrow key until the first line of text is highlighted.
  4. Press the down arrow key until the first paragraph is highlighted.
  5. Click anywhere outside the highlighted area to remove the highlighting.

Select with the Mouse

  1. Place your cursor before the word "You" in the second paragraph.
  2. Press and hold down the left mouse button.
  3. Drag the mouse until you have highlighted the second paragraph.
  4. Click anywhere outside the highlighted area to remove the highlighting.

Place the Cursor

During the lessons, you will often be asked to place the cursor at a specific location (the insertion point) on the screen. You place the cursor by moving the cursor to the specified location and pressing the left mouse button or by using the arrow keys to move to the specified location.


The Arrow Keys

  1. Use the down arrow key to move down your document.
  2. Use the right arrow key to move to the right.
  3. Use the up arrow key to move up.
  4. Use the left arrow key to move to the left.


  1. Move around your document by using you mouse and clicking in a variety of location.
  2. Click in a location and type. Note what happens.

Execute Commands with Keyboard Shortcuts

There are many methods you can use to accomplish tasks when using Word. Generally, you choose an option by clicking the option on the Ribbon. However, you can also use shortcut keys. A key name followed by a plus and a letter means to hold down the key while pressing the letter. For example, Ctrl+b means you should hold down the Ctrl key while pressing "b." A shorthand notation of the above would read as follows:

Press Ctrl+b

Typists who are slowed down by using a mouse usually prefer using keys.

Start a New Paragraph

When you type in Microsoft Word, you do not need to press a key to move to a new line. To start a new paragraph, press the Enter key. 

Exit Word

You have completed Lesson One. Typically, you save your work before exiting.


Close and Save—Windows Vista

Exit Word 1
  1. Click the Microsoft Office button. A menu appears.
  2. Click Exit Word, which you can find in the bottom-right corner.
Exit Word 2
  1. You are prompted: "Do you want to save changes to Document1?" To save your changes, click Yes. Otherwise, click No. If you click Yes, the Save As dialog box appears.
Exit Word 3
  1. Move to the correct folder.
  2. Name your file by typing Lesson One.doc in the File Name field.
  3. Click Save. Word saves your file.

Close and Save—Windows XP

  1. Click the Microsoft Office button. A menu appears.
  2. Click Exit Word, which is in the bottom-right corner.
  3. You will be prompted: "Do you want to save changes to Document1?" To save your changes, click Yes. Otherwise, click No. If you click Yes, the Save As dialog box appears.
  4. Specify the correct folder in the Save In box.
  5. Name your file by typing Lesson One.doc in the File Name field.
  6. Click Save. Word saves your file.