Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
You can repeat these steps and restore the check mark in Step 4 if you want to resurrect the Word
Start screen.
The Word Start screen appears only when you first start Word.
The Word Start screen doesn’t appear if you start Word by opening a document. See the earlier
section, “Opening a document to start Word.”
Examining Word’s main screen
It’s the electronic version of a blank sheet of paper — and more. It’s the more part that you might
find daunting. The dee-dads and goo-bobs that surround the Word program window all have specific
names that you need to know to get the most from the program. Figure 1-2 shows the big picture.
Figure 1-3 highlights the gizmos at the top of the Word window, showcasing the Ribbon interface.
The details of how all the dee-dads and goo-bobs in the Word window work are covered elsewhere
in this topic. Use this topic’s index to help you find topics you might be curious about.
To get the most from Word’s window, change the window size: As with any
window, you can use the mouse to drag the window’s edges in or out or click the window’s
Maximize button (the middle button in the window’s upper right corner) to have the window fill the
Word’s window size affects what you see in the Ribbon command groups. When the Word
window is smaller, fewer buttons show up, or they may show up in three rows. When the window is
larger, you see more buttons, usually in two rows.
The largest portion of Word’s screen is for composing text. It’s blank and white, just like a fresh
sheet of paper. (Refer to Figure 1-2 . ) That’s where you compose and format your text, and I
cover that area specifically in the next section.
Clicking the File tab replaces the contents of the Word window with a screen full of
commands and their descriptions. To return to the Word window, click the Back button (shown
in the margin) or press the Esc key.
The Ribbon contains all Word commands, which appear as buttons, input boxes, and menus.
The Ribbon is divided into tabs (refer to Figure 1-3 ) . The commands on the Ribbon are
separated into groups. Some tabs may appear and disappear, depending on what you're doing in
Word. And the commands in groups change as you change the window’s size.
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