Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 1
Hello, Word!
In This Chapter
Starting Word
Deciphering the Word screen
Quitting Word
Minimizing Word
You can’t do squat with a computer until you start the thing. Likewise, you can’t even write the word
squat until you start a word processing program. Because you bought this book and not Pencils For
Dummies, the program you need to start is Microsoft Word. This chapter tells you how to get Word
started and begin your word processing day. Let me also mention that reading this chapter is a far
more enriching experience than reading Pencils For Dummies, which is barely a pamphlet, albeit one
that’s charmingly illustrated.
Get into Word
The Windows operating system is rife with various and sundry ways of getting things done. One
victim of that variety is the way to start a program. Rather than bore you by listing all those ways, I
figure that you simply want to know the best way to start Word. This section offers three solid choices.
Before you can use Word, your computer must be on and toasty. Log in to Windows. Start your
computer day. There’s no need to put bread into your computer.
Make sure that you’re seated, with a nice, upright, firm posture as you write. They tell me that
your wrists should be even with your elbows and that you shouldn’t have to tilt your head
forward. Shoulders are back and relaxed.
Don’t freak out because you’re using a computer. You are in charge! Keep that in mind. Chant
silently, over and over: “I am the master.”
If you need help starting your computer, refer to my book PCs For Dummies for
quick and accurate turning-on-the-computer instructions.
You can stop chanting “I am the master” now.
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