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Working with Microsoft Office Word 2007

Updated on September 12, 2017
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Patrick is a dedicated technology writer who wishes to make the world better by informing individuals who seek more knowledge.

The Menu Bar of Microsoft Office Word 2007

The Menu Bar

Microsoft Word is the most popular and thus commonly used Word processor in the computer world. It is easy to use and with it, you can create and edit different types of documents. With a good knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, you can create professional documents. You can also use it for image editing, desktop publishing, emailing, creating templates, creating or turning existing data to charts and many more uses.

Looking at the interface, The menu bar of Microsoft Office Word 2007 is quite different from that of previous versions. It comprises of three important parts namely the Microsoft Office Button, the Quick Access Toolbar, and the Ribbon. These three features incorporate new and many of the functions found in previous versions of Microsoft Word.

The Microsoft Office Button

Location of Office Button

You will find the Office Button at the very top right-hand corner of your Word program window. You will also find it in Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook (in the composing and reading windows). The Microsoft Office button replaces the File Menu used in older versions of Microsoft Word. Microsoft decided to play around with the user interface of the previous versions. It is common to expect new changes whenever a newer version of a program is released.

The Quick Access Toolbar

The quick access toolbar is next to the office button, but it can be placed either below the Ribbon or above it. It is a customizable toolbar that you use to place the commands you frequently use for instance save, open, new, and other commands. By default, it contains the save, undo and repeat command buttons. It is good for those people who like making use of computer shortcuts to make their work easier.

Location of the Office Button

The Office Button
The Office Button | Source

The Ribbon of Microsoft Office Word 2007

The ribbon is the patch you see at the top of your Microsoft Word text area. The ribbon consists of the commands that are used to tell Microsoft Word what to do. At the top of the ribbon, we have the following tabs: - Home, Insert, PageLayout, References, Mailings, Review, and view. Each tab represents an activity.

By clicking on any of these tabs, you end up opening groups which are actually a collection of related features that you will use to perform a specific task. The buttons will help you to issue commands, access dialogue boxes, and also to access sub-menus. On the bottom-right corner of a group, you will also find a dialogue box launcher which allows you to access more commands through the use of a dialogue box. For instance, you can launch the font and paragraph dialogue box which is similar to those of previous versions of Word.

The Word 2007 Window Labeled Features

The Word Window
The Word Window | Source

The Title Bar

The title bar is found at the very top of your Word window. It displays the title or name of the document you are currently working on. In other words, upon saving your document and giving it a new name, this is where it will appear. By default, files are named as Document1, Document2 - Microsoft Word until you save them and give them a new name.

The Ruler

The ruler is just below the Ribbon. You can use the ruler to change the format of your document especially relating to page adjustments.

The text area

This is large white space just below the ruler where you type your document. For you to be able to type there must be a blinking cursor which allows you to input text. Some parts of your page are unusable depending on the margin settings.

The Vertical and Horizontal Scroll Bars

These bars help you in navigation. They enable you to move your page up and down, and across left or right. To do this, click on the bar, hold on and drag it either up or down. You can also continuously click on the small rectangular button for the same effect.

The status bar

It is found at the very bottom of your window. This bar displays the details of some of your activities within the word program, for instance, the current page, number of words you have typed and much more. If you right click on top of it, you will be able to customize it so that it displays what you want.

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