Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
As files, Word documents exist as unique and separate from other items on the computer, including the
word processor itself. Word is merely the device you use to create the document or file; Word itself is not
the document.
Think of the relationship this way: A pianist uses sheet music to play a tune, but the sheet music isn’t part
of the piano. Just as you can store sheet music in the piano bench, you can store a Word document file on
your computer. The Word document is its own, unique file.
Behold! A New Document
All documents begin life plucked from the electronic ether. The empty document is presented on the
screen like a blank sheet of paper, ready for you to compose your thoughts.
You can summon a new document from the Word Start screen by clicking the Blank Document item.
Or, after you’ve started your Word session, you can bring forth a new document by obeying these
steps:
1. Click the File tab.
The Word window changes to display the File screen.
2. Choose the New command from the left side of the window.
The New screen appears. It lists a slew of options for starting a new document, many of which
may appear confusing to you, which is, I believe, the program’s intent.
3. Click the Blank Document item.
The Word window returns to normal and you see a blank page, ready for typing.
You can repeat these steps as often as you need new documents; Word lets you work with several
documents at a time. See Chapter 24 for information on multiple-document mania.
Refer to Chapter 1 for information on the Word Start screen.
Ah, the shortcut: Press Ctrl+N to quickly summon a new, blank document in Word.
The New screen contains numerous options for starting something new in Word. Rather than
use the Blank Document choice, you can choose a template or task from the list. Templates help
save time by predefining document layout and formatting (and sometimes even text). See
Chapter 16 for more information.
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