Simple Secrets of Word Course 

Bonus Lessons: free alternative OpenOffice






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 – i.e. 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 Number Pages

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.




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 colums (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 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.

[Click here to go to the OpenOffice download page]

Please note: the link above takes you to a slightly different page than the one pictured as the first step in the lesson. This is due to changing versions as the program is updated.



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.