Word processing applications are used more often by more people every day than any other type of computer application. The basic skills used in word processing programs are also used in one way or another in most other kinds of software.
This set of projects will introduce you to basic editing and formatting techniques and to some basic types of documents. As you gain skills and experience, you will want to investigate the more powerful abilities of your software. These lessons will just get you started.
To get these resource files, click on one of the following links to download either a zipped set of files (if you have WinZip or similar software for the PC) or a self-extracting file which will extract the compressed files for you. (Some folks are intimidated by the exe extension. This file is safe!)
A download dialog will appear. Choose "Save". Choose a folder on your hard drive for the file to be downloaded into.
After the file is downloaded, extract the compressed files. If you downloaded the zip version, use your WinZip or similar program to do this. If you downloaded the exe version, find the file in an Explorer or My Computer window and then double-click on resources-words.exe.
By default, the files will be put in c:\My Documents\complit101\words\. Of course you can choose a different location if you wish. Just be sure to remember where you put the files. In later versions of Windows, there is no My Documents folder. The unzipping process can create it or you can choose a folder yourself.
The resource files that are Word documents are in Word 97 - 2003 format so that students using various versions of Word can use the same files. You can save the documents that you create and/or edit in whichever file format suits your word processor or your teacher.
You need removable storage for a working copy and a backup copy of your documents.
If you have a computer of your own, keep an up-to-date copy of your work on your home computer or laptop, too. Start good backup habits early and you won't kick yourself later when your files are lost or corrupted.
USB drive: Recommended
Called by many different names: flash drive, flash pen, thumb drive, key drive, jump drive, and mini-USB drive. A USB drive is an excellent choice for storing your class work. Your data is much safer on a USB drive than on a floppy disk and easier to work with than if burned on a CD.
Before you buy:
Check the following for both the classroom computer AND your home computer and/or laptop-
If you do not have a computer at home, consider buying 2 USB drives so that you can use one to keep a backup copy of your work. Don't lose them both at the same time!
Lessons for earlier versions of Word: Words97-2003There are comments where different methods apply. Different brands of word processors will do most of the same tasks these days. But the details, names for the features, and location of commands will probably be quite different.
Hands-on topic, (in menu) where you will have Step-by-Step directions.
marks a tip - something you might find useful to know.
marks a warning about possible problems.
storage device for your Class documents
backup copy of your Class documents
your storage device is too full to save new documents
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Disclaimer: All names, addresses, and
phone numbers used in the lessons and exercises are fiction! Any
similarity to a real person, business, or place is a
The author cannot be held responsible for any damage to hardware, software, or data resulting from your attempts to follow the directions.