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Word Essentials Foundation to Advanced 

Course length:  1-day


Course Description

Microsoft Office Word is Microsoft’s popular word processing program that allows users to produce professional-looking documents. Word offers word processing, outlining, drawing, graphing, and document management tools.


The Essentials course is designed for students who desire to gain the necessary skills to create, edit, format, present and print basic Word documents. This class covers beginner to intermediate tools in Word and is appropriate for students who have never used the program as well as students who are self-taught and want to explore more efficient ways of doing things.


Highlights of the course include a complete overview of the ribbon interface; information on getting started with Word and creating, editing and formatting documents as well as shortcuts and time saving tips that will help users cut their efforts in half.


This course is delivered using Word 2016. With the exception of the new modern look and touch screen support, there are few differences between the Office suites; therefore, users currently operating on Office 2010 and later will benefit from the material in this course.



To be successful in this course, you should be familiar with using personal computers and you should be comfortable using and navigating with the mouse and keyboard. You should be experienced in the Windows environment. Specifically, you should be able to launch and close programs; navigate to information stored on the computer; and manage files and folders. Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Windows file management skills
  • Comfort using a mouse and keyboard

Course Outline

Getting Started

The course begins with a look at how to start Word, create a basic document, and then close Word. Then, participants will learn how to sign into Office with a Microsoft account. The module concludes with information on saving and opening documents.

  • Getting Started
  • Signing In
  • Saving a Document
  • Opening a Document
  • Creating a New Document
  • Using a Template

Navigating in a Document and Editing Text

This module is all about basic document tasks. First, typing, deleting, and selecting text are covered. Then, editing tools (including cut, copy, paste, undo, and redo) are covered. Finally, find and replace tools are covered.

  • Typing and Deleting Text
  • Selecting Text
  • Using Cut, Copy, and Paste
  • Using Undo and Redo
  • Searching a Document
  • Using Find and Replace

Basic Text Formatting

Participants will use beginner to advanced text formatting tools, including styles, themes, document formatting sets, and the Format Painter. The Clear Formatting command will also be covered.

  • Changing the Font Face
  • Changing the Font Size
  • Changing the Font Color
  • Applying Basic Text Effects
  • Applying Advanced Text Effects
  • Working with the Font Dialog
  • Applying Styles
  • Clearing Formatting

Working with Paragraphs and Lists

In this module, participants will learn how to move text, create bulleted and numbered lists, change line spacing, align and justify text, and use the Paragraph dialog.

  • Moving Text
  • Applying Bullets and Numbers
  • Changing Line Spacing
  • Aligning and Justifying Text
  • Working with the Paragraph Dialog

Pictures and Shapes

This module allows participants to work with pictures and shapes and learn the ins and outs of how to get those pesky images to move where they want them to.

  • Inserting Local Pictures
  • Inserting Online Pictures
  • Drawing Shapes
  • Inserting Text Boxes

Tables, Charts and Diagrams

This module covers inserting tables, charts, SmartArt, equations, and screenshots into a document.

  • Inserting Tables
  • Inserting Charts
  • Inserting SmartArt
  • Inserting Equations
  • Inserting Screenshots

Working with Sections

Sections are a good way to deal with organization and modifications within a document. This module looks at how to manage the flow of your document by using section and page breaks.

  • Inserting Section Breaks
  • Customizing Page Setup for Each Section
  • Navigating Through Sections
  • Deleting Sections

The Finishing Touches

Now that participants understand all the essentials of working with Word, this module will cover techniques for polishing a document. Topics include running a spell check, inserting page numbers, adding headers and footers, creating a table of contents, and creating an index.

  • Checking Spelling
  • Inserting Page Numbers
  • Adding Headers and Footers

Printing and Sharing Your Document

Next, participants will learn how to print, e-mail, and share documents. They will also learn how to open, edit, and save PDF files with Word 2013.

  • Saving a Document as PDF or XPS
  • Editing PDF Documents
  • Printing a Document
  • E-Mailing a Document
  • Sharing Your Document on SkyDrive

Customizing the Interface

The final module of this course will show participants how to change ribbon display options, customize the Quick Access toolbar, customize and create ribbon tabs, and reset interface changes.

  • Changing Ribbon Display Options
  • Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Hiding and Showing Ribbon Tabs
  • Creating Custom Ribbon Tabs
  • Resetting Interface Changes



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