Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
The Word 2010 Screen
Opening Word
Figure 1-1:
The Word 2010 screen
features the ribbon,
which gathers
together related buttons for
common tasks. Click
any tab’s name—File,
Home, and so on—to
change the ribbon to
show buttons related
to that tab.
Quick Access
Minimize, Restore,
and Close buttons
Title bar
Status bar
If your computer has Windows Vista, then click Start Recent Items to see a list of
all the files you’ve worked with recently; choose a Word document from the list to
open Word.
Tip: In Windows 7 and Vista, you can pin (permanently affix) a program you use regularly to the Start
menu, making it easy to find. Click Start, right-click the program you want to pin (such as Word), and then
select Pin to Start Menu from the shortcut menu that appears. Pinned programs always appear at the top of
the Start menu, above a horizontal line that separates them from recently used (but unpinned) programs.
In Windows 7, you can also pin a program to the taskbar, giving you one-click access to the program.
If you’re a Word 2007 veteran, the biggest change you’ll notice in the Word screen—
and you’ll notice it right away—is that the upper-left Office button has disappeared.
Replacing it is the File tab, a blue tab on the left side of the screen. (It’s always blue,
no matter which tab you’ve selected.) The File tab brings back a souped-up version
of the File menu you may remember from earlier versions of Word. Clicking this tab
gives you what Microsoft calls the Backstage view of your document, shown in
Figure 1-2; what you see on the main part of the screen depends on which menu item
you select. You’ll be seeing more about Word’s Backstage view as you read on, but
it’s more or less what you’d expect: choices that let you open, print, share, and so on.
The Word 2010 Screen
Here’s a quick guided tour of the Word 2010 screen, starting in the upper left:
The Word button. Clicking this tiny W-in-a-box opens a menu that lets you
resize the Word window or close the program entirely.
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