Microsoft Word Essentials

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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Discover how you can make Microsoft Word work for your personal and professional projects
  • numbers Examine the ins and outs of making text look nice
  • numbers Gain a greater familiarity with how to create and navigate around a new document

Course Overview

Since 1983, Microsoft Word has been the premier word processing application for students and working professionals in nearly every industry imaginable. Even these very words were first drafted in Word.

Word is one of the cornerstones of the Microsoft Office suite of applications, and certainly one of the most prominent—right up there with Excel and PowerPoint. With it, anyone can create simple and sophisticated documents, from memos and bulleted talking points to multi-page reports and entire novels.

But anyone who’s worked in Word—from beginners to seasoned professionals—knows what it’s like to get frustrated with the program. Why are your tab stops not working the way you want them to? Why can’t you copy and paste columns without them looking strange? The solution for most of us: to develop long, complicated, inefficient workarounds that can actually do more harm to our project than good.

Enter ITProTV and The Great Courses with a better way to work in this fundamental piece of Microsoft software. Spanning 25 lessons and covering everything from beginner basics to advanced tips and tricks, Microsoft Word Essentials will finally put this program under your complete control. Under the engaging, helpful guidance of Microsoft Word guru Vonne Smith and co-hosts Ronnie Wong and Daniel Lowrie, you’ll learn everything you need to make Word work for you and your individual project needs, including:

  • Interface and document views;
  • Character and paragraph formatting;
  • Margins, headers, and footers;
  • List and style formatting; and
  • Section and page breaks.

New to the program? Watch the lessons in order as a step-by-step guide. Already experienced working in Word docs? Focus on what you might have trouble with and uncover intermediate skills and insights. Either way, this course is your chance to master one of life’s most important word processing programs. And while this course uses the 2016 version of Word for the PC, much of what you learn here will be easily transferable to other editions and operating systems.

An Organized, Accessible Look at Word

All you need to get started learning with Word Essentials is to have Word installed on your favorite personal computer or laptop. No previous experience in the application is required, other than a basic familiarity with the Windows 10 operating system.

While there are so many different facets to Word, these lessons bring everything together in an organized, accessible manner that builds off what you know and takes all the intimidation out of what may seem, at first glance, to be a highly intimidating application.

Smith and her co-hosts organize the lessons into three separate areas.

  • Introduction: Start right at the beginning and gain a greater familiarity with how to create and navigate around a new document. Then, it’s time to start inputting text; learn other interesting things Word does by default; and master the basics of proofing, printing, copying, and pasting.
  • Text Formatting: In this section of the course, you’ll examine the ins and outs of making text look nice. Along the way, you’ll focus on tab stops, how to format things through the power of lists, and how to work within styles (and yes, so much of Word is based on styles—more than you might think).
  • Page Layout: The final third of Microsoft Word Essentials is devoted to all things page related. Get into the weeds of everything from margins and columns to page numbers and cover pages. This is the part of the course where you learn how to give your document a look that says, “This was made by a professional!”

From Time-Consuming to Time-Saving

Every single one of these lessons is packed with tips, insights, shortcuts, and keystrokes that make the complex accessible and take your word processing skills from time-consuming to time-saving. Learning how to easily navigate shortcuts while you’re in the application will make your life so much easier when it comes to your next word processing project.

For example, there’s a lot going on in Word. So, whenever you’re trying to navigate your way around something you’re unfamiliar with, remember this advice as you move your mouse around the screen trying to figure out what is what: “Select to effect; hover to discover; and when in doubt, right click.”

Here are some of the other topics about Word that you’ll learn throughout this course.

  • The Difference between Save and Save As. The Save As feature is useful for when you don’t necessarily want to commit to any changes on an existing document—but you don’t want to get rid of them, either.
  • Working within Different Page Views. Page Views include the Print Layout View (the view most Word users work in), Read Mode (the view in which you can have your work read aloud to you), and Web Layout (the view that shows how your document would look on a web page).
  • Customizing Find and Replace Options. This feature helps you to avoid combing through hundreds of pages to find and replace a single word, and to avoid accidentally replacing words you are not trying to replace.

New Ways to Think about Word

Both ITProTV and The Great Courses are devoted to helping laypeople make sense of complex subjects, which makes them great partners for presenting this start-to-finish, nuts-and-bolts guide to Word.

Encompassing over 10 hours of learning material and including more than 50 downloadable resources for you to refer to in your everyday word processing, Microsoft Word Essentials has everything you need to get started—or to improve—the way you work inside this all-important application. Equal parts casual and informative, Vonne Smith and her two co-hosts will change the way you think about instructional courses.

There’s a lot to learn when it comes to Word, and these lessons never make you feel like you’re being bogged down in technical information. Rather, they’ll have you eager to experiment with this application and discover how to make it work best for your personal or professional needs.

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25 lectures
 |  Average 23 minutes each
  • 1
    As one of the cornerstones of the Office suite, Word 2016 is a powerful word processor that allows users to create both simple and sophisticated documents. This series explores the essentials to getting started with Word 2016. We begin with basic skills such as navigating a document, selecting text, inputting basic text, and document proofing. The series also explores all aspects of character and paragraph formatting as well as page formatting and layout. While this series is designed for beginner users, it has lots of great tips and tricks experienced users as well. This series is specifically for locally installed Word 2016 on Windows operating system. x
  • 2
    Introduction to Word
    In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne introduce the Microsoft Word 2016 application. Vonne describes the product's history, how to purchase and install, as well as her setup of the Word 2016 Essentials show. This provides some background information and context for the upcoming episodes. x
  • 3
    Word Basics
    In this lesson, Vonne and Daniel review some of the basics of working with Word—specifically working with the program’s windows. How do you open and close the program? What’s the difference between Save and Save As? How can you dock two documents next to each other? x
  • 4
    Word Interface
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore the Word 2016 interface. They identify items such as the title bar, menu bar, ribbon, contextual tabs, quick access toolbar, status bar, views, zoom, and help. They also demonstrate how to customize the quick access toolbar. x
  • 5
    Document Views and Zoom
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate the different document views and zoom options available in Word 2016. Here you will see how to work with the read mode, web layout, outline, draft, and print layout views. They also cover single and multi-page view, the ruler, and zoom functions. x
  • 6
    Navigate a Document
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne illustrate one of the core Microsoft Word 2016 foundations - navigating a document. They explain the different mouse cursor icons that you'll encounter, show keyboard navigation shortcuts, explore the navigation pane, and discuss status bar options. x
  • 7
    Select Text
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore the many ways that you can select text in Word 2016. Vonne demonstrates selecting text using both the mouse and keyboard to select words, paragraphs, ranges, and the entire document. x
  • 8
    Input Text and Special Characters
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate how to input text and explain special characters in Word 2016. They talk about adding basic text like letters, numbers, and symbols like \*/%/@. They also explain the difference between backspace and delete, paragraphs and line-breaks, and tabs. Finally, they explain the show non-printing characters button's function and dive into some history about different character sets. x
  • 9
    AutoCorrect Options
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne take a look at our well-intentioned friend known as AutoCorrect found in Word 2016. Watch as they show you AutoCorrect features like automatic formatting of lists, bullets, URLs, ordinals and fractions. They also demonstrate how Word fixes capitalization, common spelling mistakes, and a variety of other items. x
  • 10
    Cut, Copy, and Paste
    You’ve probably used cut, copy, and paste—but do you know the nuances of what you’re doing? Explore all the different options within Word, including pasting as a picture, pasting over from an Excel document, or copying out of a PDF that wasn’t created with a Microsoft Office product to begin with. x
  • 11
    Find and Replace
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne continue with Word 2016 Essentials by exploring the find and replace functionality. They show you how to find desired text, the find dialog-box options, replace found text with desired text, replace formatting, and replacing special/non-printing characters. x
  • 12
    Proof and Print
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explain proof and print functions. They cover topics such as spelling and grammar correction, readability options, thesaurus, and Smart Lookup. They also explain the different options for printing and introduce page setup functionality. x
  • 13
    Character Formatting
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore character formatting in Microsoft Word 2016. Specific topics covered here include: defining character formatting, fonts, typographical emphasis, change case, superscripts and subscripts, highlighter, font color, letter spacing, and clear formatting. x
  • 14
    Paragraph Formatting
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore paragraph formatting in Microsoft Word 2016. Specific topics covered here include: paragraph alignment/justification, line and paragraph spacing, normal paragraph style, indents, borders and shading, drop caps, and hyphenation. x
  • 15
    Format Painter
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate the format painter that copies formatting from one selection to another. x
  • 16
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore working with lists in Microsoft Word 2016. Specific topics covered here include: bulleted lists, format bullet characters, size, color, and spacing, numbered lists, multi-level lists, continue numbering, and remove or stop lists. x
  • 17
    How do tabs work in Word? How can you add, remove, move, and format tab stops? What’s the most efficient way to work inside a tab dialog box? Gain the confidence to get in there and play with your document tabs—and not always resort to default settings. x
  • 18
    Styles: Introduction
    Everything in Word is based on a style. Even if you’ve never touched them before, you’ve still used them. In the first of three lessons on working with styles, get a helpful introduction to the subject—from the terminology of styles to where things are within different panes. x
  • 19
    Styles: Apply
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne continue to explore styles in Microsoft Word 2016. They show how to apply default styles from the style gallery, then how to modify styles and update style to match selected formatting. They also demonstrate how to create a new custom style as well as clear overrides. x
  • 20
    Style Sets and Themes
    In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate style sets and themes in Microsoft Word 2016. They review the different style sets, paragraph spacing styles, and how to modify the components of a theme. x
  • 21
    Keep Options, Breaks, and Columns, Part 1
    In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne dive into the different elements of keep options (pagination options), breaks and columns. Vonne demonstrates the different pagination options in the format paragraph dialog box such as widow and orphan control, keep lines together, and keep with next. She also describes the importance of section and page breaks to control page layout options. Lastly, they explore formatting pages/sections in columns and column breaks. x
  • 22
    Keep Options, Breaks, and Columns, Part 2
    In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne continue with more page layout options by demonstrating how to insert blank pages and a cover page. They explore how a cover page use document fields connected to defined document properties, if present, as well as formatting content generated by the cover page. x
  • 23
    Margins, Headers, and Footers, Part 1
    A lot of everyday Word users struggle with margins, headers, and footers. This first lesson of two lessons on the topic is your introductory window into how to control and manipulate each of these options effectively—and how to master the white spaces around your document. x
  • 24
    Margins, Headers, and Footers, Part 2
    Continue looking at margins, headers, and footers with a focus on page numbers. It’s a small element that doesn’t seem important—until you find yourself working with large documents. Also, learn how to renumber pages for different sections, and how to use the chapter page numbering options. x
  • 25
    Orientation and Decoration
    In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne show how to apply additional page formatting elements. Vonne begins with demonstrating the difference between portrait and landscape orientation. She continues with demonstrating page color and borders, vertical justification, watermarks, and line numbers. x

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Vonne Smith is a University of Florida faculty member and has been teaching Microsoft® Office and Adobe® Creative Suite applications to individuals and companies for over 15 years.
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Microsoft Word Essentials is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing What a disappointment! I have only watched the first five topics so far and am finding it hard going. The presentation is reminiscent of a chat show with co hosts and there is a lot of inane chatter and laughter with lots of interruptions. They even refer to it as a 'show'. To make matters worse there is a small video in the foreground that shows the presenter/s and the Word document is in the background. The Word document is out of focus and blurry. I'm learning very little.
Date published: 2020-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Professor Smith is knowledgeable enough, however, her constant silly giggles and motions make the presentation almost painful to watch. Her co-host contributes to, instead of diminishing her immature antics.
Date published: 2020-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Needs Improving Instructor id knowledgeable but instructor and host get silly and childish at time which makes it hard to watch
Date published: 2020-10-22
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