Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Word – Tutorial

Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Word – Tutorial

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This is the beginner’s guide to using
Microsoft Word and specifically using it to create documents like reports, essays,
handouts, flyers, things like that. And so I’m just gonna go down here and click on
Microsoft Word. If you don’t have Word down here on the taskbar, you can just
click here on Search Windows and do a search for Microsoft Word to see if it’s
on your computer. If that doesn’t turn up anything, then it’s not installed on your
computer, but like I said, I’m gonna go ahead and click on that to start it up
and Microsoft Word opens right up and it gives me right away a bunch of templates
that I can choose from to help me get started creating documents using
Microsoft Word. And you can see that there’s all sorts of great documents.
They have trifold brochures they have event menus. They have blog posts, all
sorts of different templates that you can use. Also across the top, notice that
you can filter them by category, so I could just show Business templates. I
could show Event templates, labels and so on. And notice that there is an Education
category. You can also search for online templates here. So templates can be a
great time-saver. You can just select one of these templates to open it up and
then edit it and use it for your own purposes. But, in this tutorial, we’re
going to focus just on creating starting from scratch. And so I’m gonna click here
where it says Blank document and it opens up the Microsoft Word layout and a
blank document. Now there is so much to Word. Most people don’t really use Word
to its full capabilities but in this tutorial I’m really going to focus on the
basics, on those essentials that you need to know to start using Microsoft Word
effectively. And one of the first things I’m going to do is just close this panel
here at the left that says Navigation. It’s a nice panel, but I’m going to get rid
of that and close that out. Next, I want to give you a quick tour of what you’re
seeing here in the layout. You’ll notice that, across the top, we have tabs. We have
the Home tab, insert tab, design tab. and This is very similar to Excel Microsoft
Excel and also Microsoft PowerPoint. If you’ve watched my other tutorials, you
already know about this Microsoft office layout, but for those who maybe haven’t
watched those other tutorials just a quick intro each of these tabs. When you
click on it will give you a different ribbon and that’s what they call this
this is the ribbon. And the ribbon changes based on the tab
that you click. Ok, so if I want to change something about the layout, I click on
layout and then I look at the layout ribbon and see what I can do. Now each
ribbon is divided up into groups, so this is the Page Setup group. This is the
Paragraph group and the Arrange group. Now, what if I want to insert something,
maybe a picture or a photo, I would go to the Insert tab and click and I get the
insert ribbon with lots and lots of different groups. Now, one thing about
groups that you need to be aware of is some groups will have a little launch
button in the corner. So here’s an example of a launch button. The paragraph
group has a launch button but the arrange group doesn’tm at least for me it
doesn’t. The page setup group has a launch button. So what are these lunch
buttons and why do you need to know about them?
Well basically, whenever you see a launch button, what that means is that there are
more tools but that they couldn’t fit them in the space provided in the group.
So if I don’t see one of the font options that I would like to have, I look
through these to see if it’s there and if it’s not I can just click here on the
launch button and then I’ll get even more options.
Another example over here in the Styles group, There’s a few styles but if I
click here then I get many many more styles to choose from and some options
that I don’t see just by looking at the group itself. So watch out for that
launch button. Ok, now down here I have the page of my document. This is my Word
document and it’s completely blank. At this time a couple of things that I want
you to know about before you get started making a document: First of all, I don’t
know about you, but I like to be able to see the document – at least its width – and
so I’m gonna go down here in the lower right corner and change the zoom level.
So it was at 200% and that was a little bit too big for me. Maybe 150 maybe to
125. You know something like that that will be a little bit easier to fit on
the screen. So I think I’ll just go with this 100%. Now, in this tutorial I’m using
Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows, but if you’re using an older version of
Microsoft Word, or even a future version of Microsoft Word or Word for Mac, most of
what I’m showing you will still be applicable, but one of the things that I
kind of miss from an older version Microsoft Word is I miss the rulers. I’m
used to having a ruler across the top and also down the left side to help me
know the size of the pages that I’m working with. So I’m gonna go here and
look and see where might there be an option to show the ruler and I would
think it would be maybe here in the layout options. But the reason I’m
bringing this up is because if you’re having trouble finding an option, like I
am right now, you don’t need to really hunt and search for it very much if it’s
not quickly showing up. All you need to do is go here to the top where it says
“Tell me what you want to do” and do a search. So I’ll do a search for “Rulers”
and, look, right there at the top there’s an option that says “Show Ruler” and I can
click on it and immediately the rulers pop up. Okay, so I’m happy now with the
look of Microsoft Word. Okay, now I’m ready to start creating a wonderful
document and let’s say this document is going to be a handout or a worksheet for
my students. I can just go in and start creating. So I’ll just provide a space
there for the name of the student, the class period, and I’m just typing and
hitting Return or Enter on the keyboard. And I would like this to be the title of
my document. Now this is pretty typical, but what I would do here is highlight
the text and immediately I get a pop-up here with some options that I have. But I
can also go here to the Home tab home ribbon. That’s where you’ll find the most
commonly needed options in Microsoft Word. And so, look, there is Center and
that’s what I was hoping for. I can also underline if I want to. I can
make it bold and there’s all sorts of options that you have there. I could make
the text bigger but more often than not, instead of making all of these fine
tuned adjustments, what I often do is I use these styles. And so to show that, I’m
going to click the Undo button several times to go back to just the text. So
with just the text selected, I’m going to go here where it says Styles and I’ll go to
Heading number 1 and you can see what it does. It changes the color, it makes it
bigger, changes the font a little bit. There’s also Heading number 2, and
several other options. Title would be a good one as well. And I’m gonna go with
Title. Now, regardless of which one you pick, if you want you can still adjust it,
like I would still like that to be centered. I
still like it to be underlined, and I think that looks really nice. So, now I
hit Enter or Return and I can proceed to create this worksheet. I can type in
instructions for my students and Microsoft Word handles most of the work.
I’m just typing hitting Enter, moving down. Now I can also click to move
around using the mouse, but watch what happens.
I can only click so far. It’s not letting me go past the current line that I’ve
typed. I can go to the right side of it, but that’s as far as it’ll let me go. I
can go back up though, by clicking and make changes, make adjustments. Okay and
I’m really ruining this document aren’t I? So I’ll just undo a few times, but the
point is that if you want to put in some blank space and then type something
below, you’re gonna have to tap Enter a few times to move the cursor down, and
then you’ll be able to type down below, Now, when you get to the bottom of the
page, you hit enter and, look, it just takes you automatically to page number
two. Now, a few other essential things to know about Microsoft Word include how to
insert pictures, because that’s really one of the powerful things about
Microsoft Word. And you heard me say the key word there, didn’t you? It’s “Insert”. So
I click on “Insert” and look at the options that I have: four things to
insert into this document, all sorts of things, including Wikipedia articles,
online videos, all sorts of neat things. But in this case, I’m going to go to
pictures, and that automatically accessed my computer and now I can browse my
computer to find pictures that I can then pull in and use in my document. So
I’ll pull in this skeleton. Now, whenever you put a photo or an image into
Microsoft Word, it brings up some difficulties. For example, that is not at
all where I wanted that photo to be. I wanted it to be here, in between the text
up here and the text down below, and so this is a problem. The other problem is
the photo came in way too big. So let’s fix some of these issues. The first thing
I’m going to do is click on the picture. Now ,something subtle just happened when
I clicked on that photo. Look what happened. I got an additional tab and
ribbon that appeared at the top of Microsoft Word and this is going to be
very important. Anytime you click on something, especially something special
like a photo or a video, it’s going to give you some extra options.
In this case the format options. First thing I want to do though is just resize
this image. So with it selected, I can just go to the corner – any corner – click
and drag to shrink that photo down to size a little bit. And that’s a lot
better. Now, I still I’m struggling. I’m trying to drag it up to the place I want
it to be but it’s just not quite cooperating with me. The reason why is
because this photo has some specific layout options that come pre-selected by
default and so I need to change those layout options. Now in this latest
version of Microsoft Word, when you click on a photo, you’ll get this little button
that pops up. You can then click on it to change the layout options, but just like
in older versions of Microsoft Word, you also have the option to right-click and
go to Wrap Text and that will give you the same options. So here in Wrap Text,
I’m going to go with In Front of Text or Behind Text. Either one will work great.
I guess I’ll choose Behind Text, and now you can see what happened. Now, it’s
moving much more freely. I was not able to do this before. I was not able to
click and drag and put the picture wherever I wanted it to be, but just by
changing the options to Behind Text or in Front of Text, now it’s unlocked that
photo and I can put it literally anywhere in this document that I want it
to be. You could even be up here in the header or in the footer. It really
doesn’t matter. So that’s a nice little trick that you’ll want to know and be
able to use in your own documents. I also want you to know that you can insert
online pictures, and this is a great option. You can connect to the internet
and do searches and find images, find clipart, and things that are on the web
and then just click and drag to drop them into your project. So that’s a
really nice option to have. Now, before we move away from the photo and move on to
other topics, I want you to notice this Format tab that I mentioned earlier. When
you click on a photo and then the format tab, it gives you some options to do some
things that are really nice. You can remove the background. In this case, it
wasn’t very successful in how I removed the background. You can alter the color
scheme in lots of ways. You can do some corrections, and there’s some artistic
effects. And so there’s some pretty exciting things you could come up
with, some creepy images here with this skeleton. I’m going to undo that but these
photo effects are really pretty nice. You can compress the picture as well and do
some other exciting things. There’s also some picture styles. For example, you can
put a frame around Mr. Skeleton here and there’s all sorts of different frames.
You can have a kind of a fuzzy border around the skeleton. If you’d like, you
can make it almost 3D with some of these 3D effects. So some really nice options.
You can also crop, and you’ll be surprised how often this is helpful and
necessary. So when I clicked on Crop, it gave me some additional lines and edges
and things like that. So I can use that to crop out part of
the photo – whoops – and I have to make sure I get the exact line there, and then I
can just click outside the box and it makes that crop effective. So watch out
for this format tab. It’ll appear and give you some wonderful options that you
need to be aware of. There are also all sorts of other great
options, especially shapes are especially good. You can put in arrows. You can put
in call-outs. You can put in squares, rectangles, circles, plus signs – all sorts
of great shapes that are useful especially for teachers and students. And
I want you to know that you can also add a text box. Now how is the text box
special? How is it different from the regular text that you’re typing in?
Basically a text box is additional text that can float on top of your document.
So I’m gonna go with the simple text box and I’ll type in a wonderful message
here and then click away. This text box now can be dragged wherever I want it to
go. Now it is interacting with that text and if I don’t want that to happen, I can
use this button here to make it be behind the text, the other text, or in
front of the text. I’m going to go with behind, and so now I can drag it freely
so similarly to how I fixed this photo and made it so that I could drag it
anywhere I wanted it to be. It’s similar with text that’s in a text box. Okay, now
here in the review tab, a few other basics that you need to know about
whenever you’re writing a paper or a report or even a worksheet like this.
It’s important to get the spelling right and you can see here on the Review tab,
you can click Spelling and Grammar and it will check for spelling mistakes. It
looks like it found one. I don’t know how I possibly misspelled this word but I
did and, if it can, Microsoft Word will suggest alternate spellings that are
correct. In this case, I’ve got it stumped a little bit so I’ll close that out, but
I just wanted to point that out the spelling and grammar in Word is great
and is really one of the basic essentials that you need to know if
you’re gonna be using Microsoft Word. There’s also some great options, like
Word Count if you’re a student and the teacher has said I want you to create a
two-thousand word essay or report, you can just click to get a word count
and it’ll tell you how many characters, how many words, how many pages , etc.
There’s also a wonderful thesaurus to help you use a variety of words instead
of using the same word over and over. That’s very helpful. Okay, so let’s say
you’re done with your document and it’s time to get ready to turn it in. If
you’re a student and you’re finishing an assignment, let’s say or maybe you’re a
teacher and you’ve put together what you want to print and give to the students,
how do you go from there? Well, one of the first things that you need to do is to
consider if you have the right line spacing and things like that. Especially
for students, maybe the teacher has said I want you to double space your paper.
How do you do that? Well, here on the Home tab – home ribbon – you can go to Paragraph
group and, look right here this is the line and paragraph spacing options. You
can go in and say I want double-spaced. Now, for that to really be effective, you
need to click and drag to highlight the text that you want to effect. So now when
I do line spacing, set it at 2, now my paragraph has double-spaced text. I also
want you to notice that you have font color options and all sorts of typical
font options that you’re probably very accustomed to on all sorts of tools. And
on the internet there’s different fonts to choose from here as well. Okay, so I’m
happy with this. I’m good. Of course, I could change the margins at
the left and right using this ruler tool, but if I don’t want to mess with that,
I’ll just leave it as is. Now, to finish this off, I just go to File and I have a
bunch of different options. First, I really should save this. And I can click
Save. I can save it just to this PC and I could save it directly, let’s say, to the
desktop or to my documents, but also notice that there’s an
option to save it to OneDrive, and if you’re not familiar with OneDrive, please
watch my YouTube video on OneDrive. It’s wonderful tool similar to Dropbox but extra good for Microsoft Office and Microsoft Word, in this case. Now, to
access that it would be helpful to sign in to your Microsoft account and that
way, like it says here, you can get to your documents from anywhere because
you’ll be signed in to your Microsoft Office account and basically OneDrive in
this case, though I’ll just save it to my desktop. It opens up, and I just give it a name. So there’s the name I want to use. I click Save, and we’re good to go. And, of course, I can also click there on File and I could print it, now that I’ve saved. I could have printed it without saving, but it’s a good idea to save first, just
so you don’t forget. But I can now print and there’s all these print options. Now, in addition to Print and Save, notice what else that there is. There’s Export,
and this is very powerful. I could create a PDF out of this document. So I can
click that, save it also to the desktop in this case, and so now when I go to my desktop, look there is a PDF document that I’ve
created from inside Microsoft Word and here’s the original in Word format. So
that’s a nice powerful option, just built right into Word. So I’m done, so I’m going to close out of this document completely, go to my
desktop. Let’s say next week I need this same document, I can just go back to Word, open it up and, look, because it was recently created, it shows up here. So
this is a list of recently created documents on this computer and there it
is at the top. Now, as I use this more and more on this computer, I’m going to end up
with 20, 3, 50, 100 documents. It might be nice, if this is a document that I’m
going to keep working on a lot over the next few weeks, it might be a good idea
to try to get it to stay at the top of the list. Well, there is a way to do that.
If you put your mouse on it, look there’s a little pin. And if you click that pin,
it will pin this particular document to the top of the list. Now, I know right now,
I just have the one document, but imagine 500 documents. This document would remain
at the top of the list because I pinned it. So that’s a little trick that I think
is helpful to know. So in this tutorial, we have gone
over all of the basics that you need to know, all of the essentials that you need
to know to start using Microsoft Word, whether you’re a teacher, whether you’re
a student, a business-person, or you’re just using this on your own at home.
Microsoft Word is very powerful. You can use it to make all sorts of things, and
what I’ve given you here today is just the basics to help you get started, with
a few little bonus tips and tricks in there that are a little bit more than
basic. So in the future, I’d like to make an advanced Microsoft Word tutorial, so
watch for that. But thanks for watching and please
consider connecting with me on my social media websites, like Facebook, Twitter and,
Pinterest, and definitely do subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos about
technology for teachers and students. and Watch for a new video at least every
Monday.

100 thoughts on “Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Word – Tutorial”

  1. Simple and to the point, thank you for taking the time to put this video together, I personally appreciate your time.

  2. I am trying to learn word so i can create a cover letter and resume.You are excellent teacher,i really appreciate your time and video.Thank you! My carreer change depends on this.

  3. i thought my laptop ran out of battery and was turning off with the transition at 12:18 XD Great tutorial by the way!

  4. I really love your videos you explain so well it鈥檚 been a while since I used Microsoft and your video has really helped me remember how to use them really well thanks

  5. Thank you very much for your tutorial, I must admit, I really need this tutorial. This is great. I'll be looking forward to seeing more of your youtube tutorials on Words.

  6. guys i just started a tutorial channel go and visit it…
    also don't forget to subscribe if you liked my channel

  7. Great tutorial for the students and to the ones who are looking for tutorial about MS WORD.GREAT TUTORIAL

  8. Thank you for making us understand easily but i just wanna know things in detail about ms word could you please help me

  9. The tutorial is good well explained but my worries is that I wish u could have done the video with the part showing the keyboards because I still can't get it right if I am placed with a computer to type the following information馃槬馃槬

  10. Thanks..
    for the 3% reading this, I hope you become successful in life with everything you dreamed of, and accomplish more than you had imagined. I'm not asking you to do anything. but I would love to hit 20k by the end of August! THANK YOU guyysss <3 <3 <3

  11. I knew ms word here and there and thanks for this tutorial some of which I had only knew this time. I suggest for the next tutorial that you put shortcut keys like ctrl + B for Bold etc but I understand that because it's only for beginners and btw, I hover over your playlists and will watch your ms office tutorials 馃榾

  12. Fabulous Teacher. Thanks a ton. It really helped me to be able to move out of my short comings which was there before. I feel more confident now. Warm Regards Shivani Ghosh, India.

  13. After 80 pages into my book "I find you" and after 20 videos "I find you",, you are a time saver my friend. Thank you for doing these tutorials. Gracias from Mexico!

  14. VERY URGENT! what can I do if the launch buttons of my word are not appearing?? how can I activate them? or make them appear???

  15. good! exactly the problems i have been going through, this is going to be fun in my "book of laughter' especially in "return of mummy' section.

  16. What a great tutorial! I'm fascinated that you don't use crutch words when you speak and are very articulate. You also have great vocal variety… It's very inspiring! Congratulations on being such a good communicator! 馃檪 And thank you for sharing this video with us. …May I please ask you if you are a part Toastmasters club or taken any classes to perfect your speech?

  17. Please, can you do for us a favor, please can you do one video for ESL student to learn this basics of MS word, thank you so much.

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