Microsoft Word - a useful tool that many people cannot imagine functioning without, whether at work, school or in their spare time. But if you are just starting out with Microsoft Word, then this article is for you. We'll walk you through the application step by step, including installing it, creating your first document, and saving it.
Microsoft Word is part of the Microsoft 365 office suite. Microsoft Teams, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive are among the other core applications of Microsoft 365.
Word is a word processor that allows you to create and edit documents. In addition, it allows you to format text, insert additional objects if necessary, and use various features to create a variety of content.
The main difference is that by purchasing Office 2019 you get a permanent license. This means that you make a one-time purchase and can then use the software forever. The downside is that there are no software updates, thus making the software obsolete over time.
Microsoft 365 works on a subscription basis, in the form of monthly or annual payments. The licence therefore has a finite expiry date and needs to be renewed regularly. Regular updates in the form of the latest features are the main advantage of Microsoft 365.
As we have already mentioned, Word is a part of Microsoft Office 365. You basically have two options to get Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office respectively.
This is a paid option. However, a number of colleges and employers provide their students and employees with login details for a school or work account. If you don't have this option, you can try Word and all other Microsoft 365 applications for 1 month for free. Find out how to do it at this link.
How to install for PC?
How to install for Mac?
How to install on a mobile device
You can also use Word on your mobile device. In case your device has an Android operating system, use this link to install it. Click on Install and follow the instructions. If you are a die-hard Apple user, go to this page and click Install again and follow the instructions.
The second option is to use the online version of Microsoft Word (and other Office 365 products) without downloading the software. How to do it?
Now you're probably wondering why anyone would pay to use it when there's a free version. There are two main reasons:
1) Microsoft Word for the Web offers only limited features. You can only do basic editing and basic formatting.
2) The need for a constant internet connection. While you can use the desktop Word app anywhere, you need a Wi-Fi connection or mobile data for the online version.
Here we go. You've installed the app and there's nothing stopping you from starting to write.
You'll see a pop-up window that gives you several options.
Once you've created a new document, it's important to remember to save it so that you can still have it available again after you close it. Here's a look at the process:
We'll take a step-by-step look at all the options and tweaks Microsoft Word offers. Here are a few basic ones that are useful to know right from the start.
With Microsoft Editor, you can check spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation as you write in Word. The editor uses AI to underline words and phrases in your document that it judges to be incorrect.
How to set up Microsoft Editor?
Whether you're turning in a term paper or sending a document to print, you'll want to know how to convert a Word document to PDF. Here's a simple guide on how to do it:
Sharing documents is a useful feature. It allows multiple people to work on the same document at the same time and everyone can see the edits instantly - it's called real-time collaboration. How do I share a document?
You've completed your first introductory lesson. Now you know how to create a new document and how to save it. Next time, we'll show you how to work with the document and what the basic Microsoft Word controls are.