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To complete this lesson properly you need to run Microsoft Word alongside your web browser.  Load Microsoft Word now and then click back to view these instructions.

Word basics - "Typing, fonts and formatting"

1. When Word loads you should see a blank screen as shown below.  Select 'View' and 'Print layout' to make sure you are using the same view.

Image of Word screen

2. Depending on exactly which version of Word you are using, the screen may look slightly different.  However, look carefully to see if you can find the buttons shown below:

Image showing part of the Word toolbars

In Word, hover over each of the buttons - a short description will appear - known as a 'tool-tip'.

3. During this lesson you are going to use all of these buttons, as well as others as well!  However, there's no need to worry, as you'll soon master the use of all of them.  Look again at the descriptions above - try to think what each button will do.

4. In Word, type the following text onto the page - don't alter the font, size or anything yet.

This is just some normal text that I am typing out.  Soon I will be able to change the font, alter the size, make the text bold, use italics, underline the text or even do everything at once.

5. Now, edit the text so it looks like the text below.  You will need to use the buttons you have explored already.

This is just some normal text that I am typing out.  Soon I will be able to change the font, alter the size, make the text bold, use italics, underline the text or even do everything at once.

[As a clue, the changed font is 'Arial', size is '18' and the text has been centred]

6. As you've already found out - this is easy.  By just typing and editing that short paragraph you've already mastered many of the buttons in the picture!  The tasks you will now complete will help you develop more advanced skills.


I'm ready for the tasks

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