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Introduction to Microsoft Office Word 2003

Updated on January 27, 2016
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Introduction to Microsoft Word 2003

Microsoft Office Word is an application program that falls under the category of text editors (word processors). It is an ideal program for text manipulation (creating, formatting and editing documents). A word processor is a class of programs highly specialized in text handling. If you want to have an easy time with Microsoft word, you can have a look at introduction to WordPad first. This tutorial is for Microsoft word 2003. Note that there are higher version of MS word like 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016.

Starting (Loading) Microsoft Word

To start MS Office on your computer, follow the following procedure:-

  1. Click on start
  2. Point to all programs
  3. Point to Microsoft office, click on Microsoft Office Word.

A new blank document page opens, and if it doesn’t, you can open a new blank document by:-

  • Clicking on file
  • Pointing to new and clicking and then
  • Click on blank document on the right hand side.

For those who love short cuts press control + new on your keyboard while you are on the Word window to create a new file. You can also launch MS Word from the desktop if there is a short cut icon.

Parts of Microsoft Word 2003 Window

Title bar

The title bar is the bar with the word written document1 – Microsoft word appearing at the very top of the window. This is where the name of the document appears once you save the document you are working on.

Menu bar

The menu bar is an interface that consists of a number of drop-down menus. It contains the following menus; file, edit, view, insert, format, tools, table, window and help.

Standard toolbar

The standard toolbar consists of short cut tools for many frequently used functions for example short cut for opening a new file, for opening an existing document, saving a document among others.

Parts of Ms Office 2003 Window

Menu bar, formatting and standard toolbar
Menu bar, formatting and standard toolbar | Source

Formatting Toolbar

This is a hardy toolbar because it comes with short cut tools for formatting the selected text.

Drawing Toolbar

This bar consists of a number of drawing tools that can be used to come up with different types of drawings.

Status Bar

This bar displays the details of some of your activities within the word program. It provides helpful information to the user.

Drawing and Status Tool Bar

Drawing and status tool bar
Drawing and status tool bar | Source

The Save As Dialogue Box

Save as window
Save as window | Source

Typing a Document in Microsoft Word

Typing or entering text in Microsoft word is easy. Once you open a blank document, you should start first of all by saving it. Go to file save as, select the location you want to save your document (by default, a file will be saved in my Documents folder), and then give your document a file name. After doing that, then click at the top to begin typing, but note that the blinking cursor will not go to the very top. This is because it depends on the page margins settings.

As you type, once you reach the end of the line, you should not press the enter key unless you are creating a paragraph effect. The program will take you down to the next line automatically. It is also important to remember to keep on saving your work. “Why should I save my work again and I already had done so?” This is the kind of question I keep on getting from my students. This because the changes you keep on making must be saved in a permanent storage.

To do this, click on file save, or use the short cut tool on the formatting tool bar. You can also make use of your keyboard short cut keys Ctrl + S.

Microsoft Word 2003 for Beginners

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