Elements of the Word Window

Once you master Word's interface, you'll better understand all the screen features of the other Office programs. Understanding your interface is essential for understanding the instructions throughout the rest of this book. Figure 2.1 labels the most important parts of the Word window.

Figure 2.1. It's a good idea to learn the names of the different parts of the Word window.


Here is a description of these elements:

  • Title bar ” The title bar of any Windows application lists the name of the application ”in this case, Microsoft Word. Word's title bar also contains the name of the open document. As you'll see in the section "Controlling the Word Window," you can use the title bar to move the Word window around the desktop, or to minimize or maximize the window. When the Word window is active, the title bar is colored. When another window is active, the title bar is gray.

  • Menu bar ” The menu bar contains a set of pull-down menus that you use to issue commands.

  • Toolbars ” The toolbars contain buttons that you can click to issue commands.

  • Rulers ” The vertical and horizontal rulers show you where your text is on the page. The gray sections at the ends of the rulers indicate the margin areas. You can use the rulers to change some formatting, including tabs, indents, and margins (see Chapter 6, "Formatting Characters, Paragraphs, and Pages"). Depending on which view you're using, you may see only a horizontal ruler. (You'll learn about views in Chapter 5, "Viewing and Printing Your Documents.") To hide the rulers, choose View, Ruler. To display them, choose View, Ruler again.

  • Text area ” This is the area in which you can type text.

  • View buttons ” You can use these buttons to switch views (see Chapter 5).

  • Status bar ” The status bar tells you about the current status of your document. The left section tells you the current page number and the total number of pages. The middle section tells you the location of the insertion point (the cursor), and the right section tells you whether some special features are turned on.

  • Scrollbars ” The horizontal and vertical scrollbars let you bring different parts of a document into view. You'll learn how to use them in Chapter 3, "Entering Text and Moving Around."

  • Control buttons ” These buttons let you control the Word window.

Sams Teach Yourself Office Productivity All in One
Sams Teach Yourself Office Productivity All in One (Sams Teach Yourself All in One)
ISBN: 0672325349
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 474
Authors: Greg Perry

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