Getting Started With MicroSoft Word

Getting Started With Microsoft Word

To open MS Word in Windows 10

  1. In the search bar on the bottom of your screen where it says “Type here to search”.
  2. Type Word and then click on the Word icon.
  3. The follow icon will only appear if Word is installed.
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When Word opens choose Blank Document

To Create a New Blank Document:

  1. Press Ctrl + N on your keyboard or
  2. Go to the menu item File –> new –> blank document –> create


  • Click the File tab
  • Select Save As
The Save As dialog box
Word 2007
Clicking Save As
Word 2010

Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcut key – Hold CTRL + S (save)

To Use the Save Command:

  1. Click the Save command on the Quick Access Toolbar.
Saving a document

The document will be saved in its current location with the same file name. Once your document is saved you can use the save command to ensure that you do not lose any of the changes that you have made to your document.

Closing and Opening a file

When you have completed typing and saving a document close the document by clicking on the ‘red x’ at the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Opening your document

  • Click the File tab then, click Open.
  • In the left pane of the Open dialog box, click the drive or folder that contains the document (documents).
  • In the right pane of the Open dialog box, open the folder that contains the document that you want.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcut – CTRL + O
Undo – CTRL + Z

You can insert it from the Quick Access Toolbar – top left corner above the File and Home tab.

  • – CTRL + Z Redo – CTRL + Y


Select the text – Home TabClipboard group – click Cut or Copy then click paste. You can also right click on your mouse and select Cut or Copy.

Keyboard Shortcuts

CTRL + C (copy)
CTRL + V (paste)
CTRL + X (cut)

Generate Text to practice

When you have a blank document, if you type =rand() and immediate press the enter key after it, it will generate some random text for you to practice with.


  1. Create a new blank document.
  2. Generate random text
  3. Highlight text from the second paragraph
  4. Cut it using the cut shortcut keyboard command
  5. Paste it to the end of your document
  6. Save the document onto your desktop as MyFirstTask

Download File Explorer Icon from Windows 10 Build 18298Renaming Files

Using Windows Explorer, click on the yellow folder icon or press the Windows Key + E, and navigate to a directory with either a file or folder to rename.

First way

  1. Click on a file or folder to select it.
  2. Click “Rename” from the Home menu at the top of File Explorer.
Click the file, and then click "Rename" from the Home menu at the top of the window.

Once the name is selected—if you’re renaming a file, not the file extension—you can start to type a new name.

Another way – right clicking

To rename a file from the context menu

  1. Right-click a file or folder.
  2. click “Rename” from the context menu that appears.
Right-click the folder and click "Rename."

With the name of the folder highlighted, start typing out a new name, and press Enter when you finish.


  1. Use the Windows Explorer icon to find your file you created in the first exercise. Do not open it but instead rename it.
  2. Rename the file so that it has your initials at the end of the filename.

Exercise Files:

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