Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Starting a new document
starting a new document
When you start Word 2013 from the program’s shortcut, it
opens with a new blank document already in place. That doc-
ument is based on a special template named Normal.dotm.
You can think of a template as an empty “container” document
that has many styles and formats already defined, such as page
size, fonts, text sizes, heading styles, colors, and so on. When
you start with a template, all you really need to do is “pour”
your text into the document by typing or pasting it from other
sources. When Word is already running, you can create more
documents based on Normal.dotm or based on any other
When a document is based on a template, it inherits that tem-
plate’s styles and any text that is in the template. Changes you
make in the document don’t change anything in the template
unless you take special steps to make that happen.
Enter text in a new blank document
1 Start Word from its shortcut or from a document’s shortcut.
2 If an existing document is open, create a new blank document by
clicking File to open the Backstage view. Next, select New and then
click Blank Document.
3 On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Show/Hide ¶.
This makes nonprinting characters and symbols such as spaces,
paragraph marks, and tabs visible in your document. If you no
longer need to see these marks, click the same tool again to
remove the characters from view.
4 Type some text.
Press the Enter key only at the end of a paragraph, not at the end
of each line. Word automatically moves text to the next line when
TRY THIS To get some sample text to see the affects of
various formats, press Enter to start a new paragraph, type
either =rand() or =lorem(), and then press Enter.
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