The figures and steps in this book depict the Windows XP operating system. If you are using Windows 2000, your own screens may look different. Word 2003 does not work on earlier versions of the Windows operating system.
Are you ready to get started in Word? In this first chapter, you become familiar with the Word working environment and you learn basic ways to navigate and to enter text.
You can open Microsoft Word a number of ways. This section
Click All Programs.
Click Microsoft Office.
Click Microsoft Office Word 2003.
A blank document appears in the Word window.
A button representing the document appears in the Windows Taskbar.
To close Word, click the Close icon ( ).
The Word window contains tools you can use to work quickly and
Word makes typing easy: You do not need to press Enter to start a new line. Word calculates when a new line should begin and automatically starts it for you.
When you type, you should use the Tab key instead of the Spacebar to add more than one space between words. See Chapter 6 for details on setting tabs.
Type the text that you want to appear in your document.
The text appears to the left of the insertion point as you type.
As the insertion point
Press only to start a new paragraph.
Type a word or phrase.
To align text properly, press to include more than one space between words.
Several spaces appear between the last letter you typed and the insertion point.
Type another word or phrase.
Begin typing a common word, phrase, or date.
The AutoComplete feature suggests common words and phrases based on what you type.
Word suggests the rest of the word, phrase, or month.
You can press to let Word finish typing the word, phrase, or month for you.
You can keep typing to ignore Word’s suggestion.
Typically, when you include more than one space between words or phrases, you intend to align text in a
You can use many different techniques to move to a different location in a document; the technique you select depends on the location to which you want to move.
Note the location of the insertion point.
Word moves the insertion point one character to the right.
You can press , , or to move the insertion point one character left, up, or down.
Holding any arrow key moves the insertion point repeatedly in the direction of the arrow key.
You can press + or + to move the insertion point one word at a time to the right or left.
Note the last visible line on-screen.
Word moves the insertion point down one screen.
You can press to move the insertion point up one screen.
You can click the Tiles icon ( ) to scroll up, or the Icons icon ( ) to scroll down, one line at a time in a document.
Is there a way to quickly move the insertion point to the beginning or the end of a document?
Yes. Press + to move the insertion point to the beginning of a document or + to move the insertion point to the bottom of a document. You can press + to move the insertion point to the last place you changed in your document.
Is there a way to move the insertion point to a specific location?
Yes, you can use bookmarks to mark a particular place and then return to it. See Chapter 3 for details on creating a bookmark and returning to the bookmark’s location. See Chapter 4 for details on searching for a specific word and, if necessary, replacing that word with a different one.