Word for Dummies 2019

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  • Copyright: 2018-10-23
  • Publisher: For Dummies

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The bestselling beginner’s guide to Microsoft Word 

Whether you've used older versions of this popular program or have never processed a single word, this hands-on guide gets you going with the latest version of Microsoft Word. In no time, you'll begin editing, formatting, proofing, and dressing up your Word documents like a pro.  

In this leading book about the world’s number one word processing application, Dan Gookin talks about using Microsoft Word in friendly, easy-to-follow terms. Focusing on the needs of the beginning Word user, it provides everything you need to know about Word—without any painful jargon.

  • Covers the new and improved features found in the latest version of Word
  • Create your own templates
  • Explains why you can’t always trust the spell checker
  • Offers little-known keyboard shortcuts

If you’re new to Word and want to spend more time on your actual work rather than figuring out how to make it work for you, this new edition of Word X For Dummies has you covered.

Author Biography

Dan Gookin wrote the first- ever For Dummies book, DOS For Dummies. The author of several bestsellers, including Word 2016 Professionals For Dummies, Dan has written books that have been translated into 32 languages with more than 11 million copies in print.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

How to Use This Book 2

Foolish Assumptions 3

What’s Not Here 3

Icons Used in This Book 4

Where to Go from Here 4

Part 1: Your Introduction to Word 5

Chapter 1: Hello, Word! 7

Start Your Word Day 7

Behold the Word Program 9

End Your Word Day 16

Chapter 2: The Typing Chapter 21

Input Devices Galore 21

Keyboard Do’s and Don’ts 24

Stuff That Happens While You Type 26

Part 2: Your Basic Word 31

Chapter 3: To and Fro in a Document 33

Document Scrolling 33

Move the Insertion Pointer 36

Return to the Previous Edit 38

Go to Wherever with the Go To Command 39

Chapter 4: Text Editing 41

Remove Text You Don’t Want 41

Split and Join Paragraphs 45

Soft and Hard Returns 46

Undo Mistakes with Undo Haste 47

Chapter 5: Search for This, Replace It with That 49

Text Happily Found 49

Replace Found Text 56

Chapter 6: Blocks o’ Text 59

Meet Mr. Block 59

Mark a Block of Text 61

Manipulate a Block of Text 65

Chapter 7: Spell It Write 71

Check Your Spelling 71

AutoCorrect in Action 74

Grammar Be Good 77

All-at-Once Document Proofing 78

Document Proofing Settings 80

Chapter 8: Documents New, Saved, and Opened 83

Some Terms to Get Out of the Way 83

Behold! A New Document 84

Save Your Stuff! 85

Open a Document 90

Recover a Draft 94

Chapter 9: Publish Your Document 95

Your Document on Paper 95

Electronically Publishing Your Document 104

Part 3: Fun with Formatting 107

Chapter 10: Character Formatting 109

Text-Formatting Techniques 109

Basic Text Formats 110

Text Transcending Teensy to Titanic 114

More Colorful Text 115

Change Text Case 117

Clear Character Formatting 118

Behold the Font Dialog Box 118

Chapter 11: Paragraph Formatting 121

Paragraph-Formatting Rules and Regulations 121

Justification and Alignment 124

Make Room Before, After, or Inside Paragraphs 126

Paragraph Indentation Madness 128

Chapter 12: Tab Formatting 133

Once Upon a Tab 133

The Standard Left Tab Stop 138

The Center Tab Stop 141

The Right Tab Stop 142

The Decimal Tab 145

The Bar Tab 146

Fearless Leader Tabs 147

Tab Stop, Be Gone! 148

Chapter 13: Page Formatting 149

Describe That Page 149

Page Numbering 155

New Pages from Nowhere 158

Page Background Froufrou 160

Chapter 14: More Page Formatting 163

Slice Your Document into Sections 163

That First Page 167

Headers and Footers 169

Chapter 15: Style Formatting 177

The Big Style Overview 177

Make Your Own Styles 181

Style Tips and Tricks 187

Chapter 16: Template and Themes Formatting 191

Instant Documents with Templates 191

Templates of Your Own 195

The Theme of Things 197

Chapter 17: Random Drawer Formatting 201

Weird and Fun Text Effects 201

Steal This Format! 203

Automatic Formatting 204

Center a Page, Top to Bottom 208

Part 4: Spruce Up a Dull Document 211

Chapter 18: They’re Called Borders 213

The Basics of Borders 214

The Borders and Shading Dialog Box 216

Stick a thick line between paragraphs 220

Chapter 19: Able Tables 221

Put a Table in Your Document 221

Text in Tables 227

Table Modification 229

Chapter 20: Columns of Text 233

All about Columns 233

Column Termination 237

Chapter 21: Lots of Lists 241

Lists with Bullets and Numbers 241

Document Content Lists 245

Footnotes and Endnotes 248

Chapter 22: Here Come the Graphics 251

Graphical Goobers in the Text 251

Image Layout 256

Image Editing 258

Image Arrangement 261

Chapter 23: Insert Tab Insanity 265

Characters Foreign and Funky 265

Spice Up a Document with a Text Box 268

Fun with Fields 269

The Date and Time 273

Part 5: The Rest of Word 275

Chapter 24: Multiple Documents, Windows, and File Formats 277

Multiple Document Mania 277

Many, Many Document Types 281

Chapter 25: Word for Writers 285

Organize Your Thoughts 285

Large Documents 291

Dan’s Writing Tips 294

Chapter 26: Let’s Work This Out 297

Comments on Your Text 297

The Yellow Highlighter 301

Look What They’ve Done to My Text, Ma 302

Collaborate on the Internet 305

Chapter 27: Mail Merge Mania 307

About Mail Merge 307

The Main Document 310

The Recipient List 313

Fold in the Fields 320

Preview the Merged Documents 320

Mail Merge, Ho! 321

Chapter 28: Labels and Envelopes 325

Labels Everywhere 325

Instant Envelope 329

Chapter 29: A More Custom Word 333

A Better Status Bar 333

The Quick Access Toolbar 335

Customize the Ribbon 338

Part 6: The Part of Tens 339

Chapter 30: The Ten Commandments of Word 341

Thou Shalt Remember to Save Thy Work 342

Thou Shalt Not Use Spaces Unnecessarily 342

Thou Shalt Not Abuse the Enter Key 342

Thou Shalt Not Neglect Keyboard Shortcuts 342

Thou Shalt Not Manually Number Thy Pages 343

Thou Shalt Not Force a New Page 343

Thou Shalt Not Forget Thy Undo Command 343

Honor Thy Printer 344

Thou Shalt Have Multiple Document Windows Before Thee 344

Neglecteth Not Windows 344

Chapter 31: Ten Cool Tricks 345

Side-to-Side Page Movement 345

Automatic Save with AutoRecover 346

Accelerate the Ribbon 347

Ancient Word Keyboard Shortcuts 348

Build Your Own Fractions 348

Electronic Bookmarks 349

Lock Your Document 350

The Drop Cap 350

Map Your Document 351

Sort Your Text 352

Chapter 32: Ten Bizarre Things 355

Equations 355

Video in Your Document 356

Hidden Text 356

The Developer Tab 357

Hyphenation 357

Document Properties 358

Document Version History 358

Collect-and-Paste 358

Click-and-Type 359

Translations 359

Chapter 33: Ten Automatic Features Worthy of Deactivation 361

Bye-Bye, Start Screen 362

Restore the Traditional Open and Save Dialog Boxes 362

Turn Off the Mini Toolbar 363

Select Text by Letter 363

Disable Click-and-Type 364

Paste Plain Text Only 364

Disable AutoFormat Features (×4) 365

Index 367

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