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When you open Word, you see two things, or main parts:

  1. A blank document, which looks like a white sheet of paper and takes up most of the window,
  2. Above the document, across the window, the ribbon, which includes a set of tabs and a series of buttons and controls (called commands) that you will use to do things in and with your document (like print it).

In the document, the cursor, a blinking vertical line in the upper-left corner of the page, tells you where the content you type will appear on the page. If you'd like to start typing further down the page, press the ENTER key on your keyboard until the cursor is where you want to type.

When you start typing, the text you type pushes the cursor to the right. If you get to the end of a line, just continue to type. The text and the insertion point will move on to the next line for you. Once you’ve finished typing your first paragraph, you press the ENTER key to go to the next paragraph. If you want more space between the two paragraphs (or any two paragraphs), press ENTER again and then start typing your second paragraph.

If you make a mistake while typing, just press the BACKSPACE key to “erase” the incorrect characters or words.

Revise words underlined in red, green, or blue

As you type, Word will warn you if make spelling or grammar mistakes by inserting a wavy red, green, or blue underline beneath the text that it thinks is an error. Right-click an underlined word to see suggested revisions, as follows:

Red underline    This indicates either a possible spelling error or that Word doesn't recognize a word, such as a proper name or place.

Green underline    Word thinks that grammar should be revised.

Blue underline    A word is spelled correctly but does not seem to be the correct word for the sentence. For example, you type "too," but the word should be "to."

Format text

On the Home tab, look for the Font group. In that group you’ll see several buttons and commands that perform a specific action on your document. For example the Bold button Button image makes the text becomes bold. You can also change the font color and size of text with the Font Color button Button image and Font Size button Button image.

If you need to make a list, on the Home tab, in the Paragraph group (right next to the Font group).

Add some style

You can make most changes to text from the Font group, but formatting text this way is handy when you want to change the format of just a few characters or words. However, there’s a way to make all the changes we just did with just one command, by using styles.

The styles are on the Home tab, in the Styles group. You just choose the style you want, and the text size, font, attributes, and paragraph formatting are changed for you automatically.

Change page margins

On the ribbon, click the Page Layout tab. Then, in the Page Setup group, click Margins and select the margin size you want.

Save your document

On the ribbon, click the File tab to open the Backstage. In the left column, click Save, and then, in the dialog box that opens, choose where you want to store the document and what you want to call it

Print your document

Click the File tab and then, in the left column, click Print. In the large window that opens, click the Print button.

Close your document

When you are through with the document and have saved your work, Click the File tab, and in the left column, click Close.

Create a new document

To open a new, blank document, click the File tab and then click New. In the New Document dialog box, double-click Blank document.