Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Mouse Pointer The mouse pointer becomes different shapes depending on the task
you are performing in Word and the pointer’s location on the screen. The mouse pointer
in Figure 1–4 is the shape of an I-beam.
Scroll Bar You use a scroll bar to display different portions of a document in the
document window. At the right edge of the document window is a vertical scroll bar.
If a document is too wide to fi t in the document window, a horizontal scroll bar also
appears at the bottom of the document window. On a scroll bar, the position of the scroll
box refl ects the location of the portion of the document that is displayed in the document
window. A scroll arrow is located at each end of a scroll bar. To scroll through, or display
different portions of the document in the document window, you can click a scroll arrow
or drag the scroll box.
Status Bar The status bar , located at the bottom of the document window above the
Windows taskbar, presents information about the document, the progress of current tasks,
and the status of certain commands and keys; it also provides controls for viewing the
document. As you type text or perform certain commands, various indicators may appear
on the status bar.
The left edge of the status bar in Figure 1–4 shows the current page followed by the
total number of pages in the document, the number of words in the document, and a
button to check spelling and grammar. Toward the right edge are buttons and controls you
can use to change the view of a document and adjust the size of the displayed document.
Minimizing the Ribbon
If you want to minimize
the Ribbon, right-click
the Ribbon and then click
Minimize the Ribbon
on the shortcut menu,
double-click the active
tab, or press CTRL + F 1 .
To restore a minimized
Ribbon, right-click the
Ribbon and then click
Minimize the Ribbon
on the shortcut menu,
double-click any top-level
tab, or press CTRL + F 1.
To use commands on a
minimized Ribbon, click
the top-level tab.
Ribbon
The Ribbon , located near the top of the Word window, is the control center in
Word (Figure 1–5a). The Ribbon provides easy, central access to the tasks you perform
while creating a document. The Ribbon consists of tabs, groups, and commands. Each tab
surrounds a collection of groups, and each group contains related commands.
When you start Word, the Ribbon displays seven top-level tabs: Home, Insert, Page
Layout, References, Mailings, Review, and View. The Home tab , called the primary tab,
contains the more frequently used commands. To display a different tab on the Ribbon, click
the top-level tab. That is, to display the Insert tab, click Insert on the Ribbon. To return to the
Home tab, click Home on the Ribbon. The tab currently displayed is called the active tab .
To display more of the document in the document window, some users prefer to
minimize the Ribbon, which hides the groups on the Ribbon and displays only the
toplevel tabs (Figure 1–5b). To use commands on a minimized Ribbon, click the top-level tab.
Home tab
top-level tabs
Ribbon
(a)
groups
minimized
Ribbon
top-level tabs
(b)
Figure 1–5
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