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Welcome to Lesson 1 of the Basic Microsoft Word Tutorial. In this lesson we will cover starting Word, Creating a new document and opening an existing document. I hope you enjoy the lesson.

Start Word

Step 1: Start Word

Open Word if it is not already open. To do this, go to the Start Menu and select Programs/Microsoft Word.

Step 2: New Document

When you first start Microsoft Word, it will automatically open a new document. Go ahead and type a few lines of text, so you'll have something to work with for this tutorial.

Step 3: The Toolbar

The toolbar contains some useful buttons, and in the next few steps you'll be using the New, Open, Save, and Print buttons. Take a minute to find them on the toolbar. Depending on how your version of Word is set up, you may find your buttons move around the toolbars a bit. This is because Word keeps track of the buttons you use most and moves them to the left of the toolbar. However, if you hold your mouse over a button, a tool tip displaying its name will appear.

Step 4: Save

Save your file by clicking the Save button (or selecting Save from the File menu). The Save As dialog box appears. The drop-down box labeled "Save in" shows the folder in which Word is suggesting you save your file (usually the My Documents folder). The drop-down box labeled "File name" shows the name Word is suggesting you use to call your file--by default it shows the first few words you typed in the document. Click Save to save your file.

Start a New Document

Step 1: Start Word

Open Word if it is not already open. To do this, go to the Start Menu and select Programs/Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Select from the Menu

When you first launch Word, a blank screen will appear. If you don't see a blank white typing screen, choose File and select New from the menu bar to start a new document. The New dialog box will appear. Click on the General tab and double-click on the Blank document icon. A blank typing screen will appear.

Step 3: Look Around

Look around the screen to get your bearings. Pause the mouse for a few seconds over each button that appears on the top row of the screen or on the toolbar. A tip will appear showing what each button does.

Step 4: Start Typing

Begin typing. When you reach the right margin, the text will automatically wrap around to the next line. Press the enter key only when you have finished typing a paragraph of information, or at the end of short lines of address information.

Open an Existing Document

Step 1: Use the File Menu

If the file you want to open is a file you’ve worked on recently, it’s probably still stored in the bottom of the File menu. While in Microsoft Office, click the File menu; select the document you want from the list and release the mouse button.

Step 2: Using the Open Dialog Box

Click the Open button on the toolbar. Click Find File in the Open dialog box. Enter the name of the file you wish to find and click OK. Microsoft Office will find the file on your disk and open it.