Word 2010 Level 1: Introduction to Word
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COURSE COST: $295.00*

COURSE TIMES: 9:00am - 4:30pm

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Recommended for individuals who want to learn to be more productive with Microsoft Word 2010. Students will learn how to create and edit documents and use character and paragraph formatting.


This course requires a familiarity with personal computers and experience using a mouse and keyboard. You should be comfortable in the Windows environment and have the ability to manage information on your computer. Students must be able to launch and close programs, create folders, as well as navigate to documents, files and folders.

For students new to computers, we recommend that you attend Introduction to Using Computers as a prerequisite for Word 2010 Level 1.


*Course Cost listed does not include the cost of courseware or lunch, required in your registration. Please refer to your Enrollment Sales Order or Invoice for the additional cost. If you have any questions, please contact us (learn@vtec.org or 207-775-0244).


1. Word Introduction
a) Two Ways to Start Word
b) One Way - Using the Shortcut
c) Second Way - Using the Start Button
d) Closing Word

2. Introduction to Word's Screen
a) Orientation to Word's Opening Screen
b) Viewing the Default Tabs and Ribbon
c) Selecting the Various Tabs
d) Three Ways to Minimize the Ribbon
e) Double-click, Right-click and Minimize Arrow
f) The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)

3. Word Basics
a) Creating a New Blank Document
b) Entering Text
c) Features to Know About: Word-wrap and Enter Key
d) Using Nonprinting or Invisible Characters
e) Invisible Characters Are Very Helpful When Editing a Report
f) Invisible Characters Exist for Spaces, the Enter Key and Tabs
g) The Famous Undo Button and Redo Button
h) Inserting Text Between Other Words

4. Saving Your Word Document
a) Saving Your Word Document is Very Important
b) Different Ways to Save Your Document
c) Things to Consider When Saving Your Work
d) Give the Document a "Good" Name
e) Save the Document in the Right Location (drive and folder)
f) Create a Folder if Necessary
g) What is the Difference Between "Save" and "Save As"

5. Opening and Editing Existing Word Files
a) Different Methods to Open an Existing File
b) Different Ways to Edit Text in a Word Report
c) Editing the Manual Way Using the Backspace and Delete Keys
d) Using the Spelling Checker
e) Options Related to the Spelling Checker
f) Right-clicking to Change a Misspelling
g) Adding a Word to the Dictionary
h) Checking Grammar in a Document
i) Using the Thesaurus for Synonyms

6. Selecting Text Quickly - Everyone Needs to Know These Text Selection Tips
a) Selecting Text Efficiently Saves You Time
b) Formatting Typically Involves Selecting Text
c) Select a Word
d) Select a Paragraph
e) Select a Sentence
f) Select the Entire Document
g) Using the Shift-Click-Shift Method
h) Using the Selection Bar for More Options

7. Formatting Text - Making Those Words Stand Out
a) Formatting Text in Various Ways
b) Bolding, Underlining, Italicizing, Font Type and Sizing
c) Coloring Text and Paragraphs
d) What is Character Formatting?
e) Additional Character Formatting Techniques

8. Navigating in a Word Document Efficiently
a) Scrolling
b) Navigating Efficiently
c) Using the Up and Down Scroll Arrows
d) Using the Vertical Scroll Box
e) Using the Next Page Buttons
f) Using the Horizontal Counterpart Buttons

9. Cutting, Copying and Pasting Text
a) Cut vs Copy - What Exactly is the Difference?
b) Moving Text Within the Same Document
c) Copying Text to a Different Document
d) Three Different Ways to Cut, Copy and Paste
e) Using a Four Way - Drag and Drop
f) Quickly Navigating from One File to Another File
g) Using the Paste Options Button

10. Aligning Paragraphs and Paragraph Formatting
a) Different Alignments for Your Reports
b) Centering, Align Left, Align Right and Justify
c) What is Paragraph Formatting?

11. Changing Margins in Your Word Document
a) Examining the Default Margins
b) Changing Margins for a Single Document
c) Setting the Default Margins for All Future Documents
d) What does the Gutter Position Mean Related to Margins?

12. Indenting Paragraphs and Controlling the Various Indent Markers
a) What is the purpose of indenting a paragraph?
b) Left Indent Marker, Right Indent Marker and the First-line Marker
c) Using a Hanging Indent
d) Tip Related to Indenting - Shift + Enter

13. Creating a Table - Great Way to Organize Information
a) Advantages to Using a Word Table
b) Terminology - Row, Column, Cell, Text Wrap and Table Header
c) Creating a Table
d) Adding Rows to a Table Quickly
e) Adding Text to Your Table
f) Stay Away from the Enter Key
g) Formatting, Editing and Changing the Table's Structure
h) Changing the Column Width
i) Selecting Rows and Columns
j) The Invisible Table Character
k) Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns
l) Deleting the Entire Table - Using the Select Table Button

m) Formatting the Header Row - Reverse Text Style

14. Using Different Views in Word
a) Using Word's Different Views
b) Using Print Preview and its Advantages
c) Using Draft View and its Advantages
d) Using Print Layout and its Advantages
e) Reading Layout and its Advantages

15. The AutoCorrect Feature Offers Several Options
a) What are AutoCorrect's Several Options?
b) AutoCorrect Capitalizing the First Letter of Sentences and More
c) Using AutoCorrect's Default Entries Related to Misspellings
d) Adding Your Own AutoCorrect Entries - Very Powerful

16. Creating Headers and Footers
a) Creating Headers and Footers in Word
b) Two Ways to Access the Header and Footer Areas
c) Switching Between Header and Footer Button
d) Entering Your Own Specific Text
e) Using the Icons Provided by Word
f) Inserting Date, Time and Number of Pages

17. Other Word Features Used During the Course
a) Zoom control
b) Working with Page Breaks
c) Overtyping Text
d) Using Default Tabs