Learning to Use Microsoft Word 2003
Microsoft Word 2003 has a lot of features that help writers make their word processing documents as polished and professional as can be, yet learning all that the program has to offer can seem overwhelming if you don’t have the right help or support. But the folks at Microsoft aren’t leaving you empty handed, as they have included a host of free online tutorials to associate new users to their programs.
Make sure you are connected to the internet to access this free service.
First, open your copy of Microsoft Word 2003, and on the top right hand corner of the window you will find a white box with the words Type a message for help.
In this box type Training. A search result box will appear.
Click on the phrase Training Home Page. This will bring you to the Microsoft Office web page where you can begin your training.
Scroll down until you see Office 2003 training courses and click on Word 2003
The Microsoft Word 2003 tutorial page is made of 9 sections, each containing 1 – 4 topics. Each tutorial is 10 – 30 minutes long and begins with an overview of the lesson followed by step-by-step audio tutorials and written transcripts that describe how to perform each feature. The Microsoft Word 2003 training sessions include:
First Words - This section includes learning how to type, use word count, save documents, how to control document administration, and the basic shortcuts, tool bars, and menus you will encounter in Microsoft Word 2003.
Track Changes - Use the comment feature to share documents and add or delete feedback along the way.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words - By the end of this section you will be able to add boarders, backgrounds, a watermark, and graphics to your document like a professional.
All About Tables - Create, structure, and format tables in Word and transfer them to Excel or from the web to create multifaceted documents.
Add Headers and Footers - This section covers how to use and view headers and footers as well as how to properly use footnotes and endnotes.
Create a Table of Contents - My favorite feature of Microsoft Word 2003 is the ability to create a table of contents from the document you have already written and this tutorial shows you how to create that as well as a reference tables.
Outlined and Stylish - Larger documents may require an outline for quick organization, and in this section you will learn how to create an outline and how to view your document as an outline.
Mail Merge - Your computer turns into a printing press as you learn how to personalize documents and slate them for mass mailings and print your address book as labels.
The ABCs of XML in Word - XML lets you utilize your data in different facets such as Web pages, spreadsheets and Email, and helps to create tags for the data that further describe what it means.