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Word Processors

Updated on April 17, 2016

Word Processors are software that enables the computer to behave like the office typewriter. They turn the personal computer into a computerized typewriter. there are few businesses that operate without correspondence. Thus, word processors are playing an important roll in the office and many other businesses. in the past the word processor used to be a dedicated machines specifically designed for this single task. Today, the term word processor is used exclusively to mean the special software that turns a microcomputer into a system that gives a text (word) processing capability.

A word processor is therefore an application package which gives the user of a computer system the ability to process documents in ways which are more efficient than by hand or typewriter, it's greatest advantages are the ease of editing (changing the text), the ability to see a document on the screen before it is printed out or sent electronically (E-mail) to any part of the world via a suitable communication network. A word processor is used to create, edit, save and print document like letters, memos, reports e.t.c. word processing has help in popularizing the computer and is not used by the secretaries or typist alone but has found wide usage among managers and professional in various fields.

If you have used a typewriter before now, you will then appreciate what computer word processing is like. using the typewriter to create documents is referred to as mechanical word processing. when you use the computer to process word or create a document, it is referred to as computer or electronic word processing.

Unlike the ordinary office typewriter, the computer when used to process word (with the aid of a word processing program) has utilities that simplify the process of document preparation. When you use a typewriter the character and words are put straight onto the paper as the only alternative is to use correction fluid to cover the word or you can start all over again with a new paper. correction fluids makes the final document untidy. However, with electronic word processing, you view the word you type on the screen instead of on paper.

This allows you to effect all the changes you like. Only when you are satisfied with what you are seeing on the screen that you can transfer it onto paper by giving a command that it should be printed. The beauty of this method of word processing is that, even after your document is printed, you can easily recall (retrieve) the saved document for further changes.These changes may be changing from single spacing to double spacing, altering the width of the margins on the left and the right, deleting some paragraphs and adding some others even from another document.

And whereas a typewriter can only deal with letter and numbers with only one typeface, word processors can do a great deal more. You can choose from a variety of fonts (typeface or style of characters) to either beautify or emphasize a particular line or word in a document. you can also picture and lay the pages any how you like it. You are also not restricted to the number of pages you can produce.

The conventional means of having the typewriter produce several copies of a document is by using carbon sheets to produce duplicates. Alternatively, the document can be cut to stencils and then cyclo styled. But we know that there is a limit to the number of duplicates it can take at a time and the duplicate becomes faint as the number increases.

Duplicate copies are not used for any official correspondence. cutting to stencils and cyclo styling is a rigorous exercise and does not produce high quality documents. With computer word processing you can produce any number of copies with all of them being original. just provide the papers for the printer and turn it on and have any number of copies you want. The word processor allows you to do all these with ease. In fact, deleting, inserting, and replacing (principal editing activities) can be done just by manipulating the keys on the keyboard.Popular word processors include word pad, Ami


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