Starting MS Office Word 2003

Switch on your computer. Click Start button then point to Programs and then click on MSWord. You will get a screen as shown below.

Parts of Word Window

Menu bar This is the traditional windows style drop-down menu. When you point to any menu title and click once with the mouse, the menu will open displaying all the commands available under this menu. Clicking on the desired command would tell Word to execute that command. Some commands have ellipses (…) in front of them. These commands have further sub commands. Commands appearing in dim mode cannot be executed unless the prerequisite functions required by that command have been performed, e.g. you cannot use the Copy or Cut command from the Edit menu unless you have selected a piece of text first. Many commands also have a keyboard shortcuts specified against their names.

Standard toolbar Toolbars contain buttons, drop-down menus and other controls that help you to quickly alter the appearance and arrangement of documents by executing a variety of word commands.Toolbars are very helpful and convenient in quickly executing  commands without having to go through menus. The standard toolbar contains icons for basic functions like opening files, saving files, printing files, cut, copy, paste etc.

Formatting toolbar This contains icons for changing the look of your text (called “formatting” in computer jargon); for example, there are icons for changing fonts, styles, font sizes, text alignment etc.

Ruler The Ruler lets you make changes to margins and indents, and helps you create document as per dimensions required.

Scroll tools These helps you travel within your document. You can go anywhere, up and down, right and left in your document mainly by two ways: Using the horizontal and vertical scroll bars with the help of the mouse; Or using the keyboard to press PgUp, PgDn, Home, End and arrow keys.

Status bar Also called the Status Area, this is the normally the last line on your screen. This gives the following information about your work -

· Current Page
· Section Number
· Current/Total pages in the document
· Current Cursor Position (where the cursor is presently located)
· Current Line Number
· Current Column Number
· Record Macro-whether macro recording is On or not
· Track Revision-whether revisions have been made or not
· Extend Selection
· Over type mode-whether you are in Insert mode or overwrite mode

Cursor Also called the Insertion Pointer, this denotes the place where text, graphics or any other item would be placed when you type, overwrite or insert them. This looks like a tall, skinny toothpick and
keeps blinking so that you can locate it easily.

Mouse pointer When your mouse pointer looks like an I-beam you should be able to move it freely on the screen. This is used for either placing the cursor at the desired place (take the mouse pointer there and click) or choosing any command either from the menu or from toolbars. The mouse pointer changes shape when in the process of doing certain tasks and the cursor disappears.

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