Simple Secrets of How to Use Microsoft Word for Windows:

Video Lessons in Plain English

17 quick & easy video lessons

2 hours

Quick, easy lessons that show you the basics of using Microsoft Word plus simple steps to make things easier

Word for Windows Module 1




Introduction to Word



A basic overview of the main Word window, including the “toolbars” which contain buttons for many of the main functions of Word

Basic layout of documents in Word



How to do basic “layout” in Word.In other words, how the lines of text are laid out on the page, such as making a line centered, aligned left, aligned right, etc.

Basic formatting of text in Word



Watch and see how you can change how the text (words, letters, numbers, etc.) are formatted on the page — bold, italic, larger or smaller , different fonts , etc.

Making lists in Word



How to easily create two types of lists in Word: a bullet list (a series of items with “bullets” at the beginning of each line) and numbered lists (a series of items automatically numbered 1,2,3, etc. on each line)

How to automatically



Set Word to automatically number each page in your document, and chose where the number appears on the page

Spell checking your Word document



See two ways to have Word help correct your spelling mistakes, and how to “teach” Word less common words (like names, for example) which Word thinks are misspelled, by adding them to your own personal dictionary so they don’t get marked as wrong in the future

Using the “Zoom” function to make your documents easier to read on the screen



This lesson shows you how to use the Zoom feature to make the words appear larger on the screen without making them oversized when you print them out.

Please see the lesson on formatting of text to see how to change the size of words when you print your document

Using the find feature



Learn how to use the Find feature in Word to locate a word or phrase, plus how to use the Find/Replace feature to automatically replace any word or phrase in your documents

How to open an existing Word document



How to use the “open” feature in Word to open up an existing word processing document

How to save a Word document



How to save a new document, plus tips on avoiding common mistakes made when saving, plus tips on saving when working on a document that goes through more than one draft

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Word for Windows Module 2



Microsoft Word Lessons

How to Add Photos to Word Documents



This lesson shows you the steps to adding a picture to a Word document

Using Multiple Columns in Word



Sometimes you might want to write a document with multiple columns (like in a newspaper) — this lesson shows you how

The Importance of Multiple Drafts



Most people work on documents (no matter how long, or how often they revise it) and keep saving again and again to the same file.

In this lesson I’ll explain why this can be a mistake, and show you a simple system for saving multiple drafts of a document so you can avoid a common problem the usual way of doing things often causes

Using the Recent Items Menu Option to Save Time



There is a great feature in Word and many other programs which a lot of people miss: the “recent items”. This is a quick and easy way to open up documents you were working on recently without having to hunt for them
Using the Free Program OpenOffice Instead of The Expensive Word Program

OpenOffice is an “open source” program (made through the collaboration of many people around the world instead of by a single company) which is a high quality free alternative to Microsoft Office, including Word.

The program does everything most people want, but costs nothing, instead of hundreds of dollars

Downloading OpenOffice



This lesson shows you how to download the free program OpenOffice, and how to install it

Installing OpenOffice



How to install OpenOffice once you’ve downloaded it following the instructions in the previous lesson

Introduction to OpenOffice word processing



What happens the first time you run OpenOffice Writer (the equivalent to Word) plus a basic overview of the main OpenOffice Writer window, including the “toolbars” which contain buttons for many of the main functions, and a comparison to Word.

For most things, using OpenOffice is almost identical to using Word, so refer to the Word lessons on how to do different things like formatting text, etc.

17 quick & easy video lessons

2 hours


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