77-418 Session 2:Improve MS Word skills to certificate level
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77-418 Session 2:Improve MS Word skills to certificate level

Learn the skills needed to take the Microsoft Office Specialist certificate exam (Session 2 of 2).
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Created by Phillip Burton
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • adding columns, section and page breaks, preventing paragraph orphans and adding titles to sections.
  • creating tables, including converting text to tables (and vice versa) and adding headings.
  • stylising tables, configuring text margins, adding simple formulas, merging cells and modifying the table dimensions.
  • creating lists, both numbered and bulleted, including multilevel lists, and modifying the numbering and line spacing.
  • inserting and managing endnotes and footnotes, and adding and managing citations and captions.
  • saving text as building boxes, and inserting textbooks and quick parts.
  • inserting and formating shapes and SmartArt, including wrapping text around shapes.
  • inserting images and stylising them, including applying artistic and picture effects
View Curriculum
  • Before beginning, you will need to know how to use a Windows computer, including a mouse.
  • Ideally, you would have taken and completed Session 1 of the 77-418 course.
  • It would be good if you have used Microsoft Word before, but this is not essential.
  • It would also be good if you have Microsoft Word already installed, but not essential, as I will be installing a trial version of Microsoft Office.

This course is the second of two courses which teaches the skills required to undertake the Microsoft Certificate 77-418 "Microsoft Word", and will be useful if you wish to take the exam, or which to learn more about Microsoft Word.

The core skills which are taught are those tested by Microsoft in the exam. There are 16 modules stated by Microsoft that it wants you to learn, and this second course will teach, in depth, the last 9 modules.

Each module is taught in order, and is divided in sub-topics, and generally each sub-topic will have an individual lecture lasting 5-7 minutes.

The course will take about 4 hours to complete, plus will you need additional time to test yourselves to ensure that you have learned the necessary skills.

You should take this course if:

  • you want to learn more about Microsoft Word, or
  • you want to become a certified Microsoft Office Specialist.

Once finished, you will know how to order and group text and paragraphs, create and modify tables and lists, endnotes, footnotes, citations and captions, and inserting and formatting building blocks, shapes, SmartArt and images.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for you if you want to develop your Microsoft Word skills.
  • This course will use the latest version of Word, but is ideal for you if you use any modern version - Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 or 365.
  • This course is also for you if you use an older version of Microsoft Word, but want to learn the newer versions.
  • This course is for you if you want to become certified in Microsoft Word, as we will be using the skills requirements of the Official Microsoft Exam 77-418.
  • This course will also help towards the Word 2010 exam (77-881) or Word 2007 exam (77-601).
  • This course is not for you if you want to learn Microsoft Word for Macintosh computers.
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Curriculum For This Course
47 Lectures
2 Lectures 06:55

Hello. I'm Phillip Burton, and I'll be taking you through this course.

Preview 02:03

Let's find out what we are going to be learning in this course.

Preview 04:52
8) Order and group text and paragraphs
5 Lectures 32:13

We'll have a look at widow and orphan control, and why you need to know about it. We'll also look at Keep with Next and Keep Together, and why they are often used with headings.

Preview 08:49

We'll look at sectioning off parts of our report, so that we can change layout and footers and headers. Find out how simple it can be, and how flexible.

8b. Inserting breaks to create sections

You may want to replicate a newspaper layout, with several columns flowing your text. Let's see how this can be set up, and what options you have.

8c. Creating multiple columns within sections

We'll look at the QuickParts - StyleRef option, and find out how easy, and how useful, it is to have the chapter name and number in the heading of your document.

8d. Adding titles to sections

We'll look at two different ways of forcing page breaks, and find out which one can also be used in conjunction with styles.

8e. Forcing page breaks
9) Create a table
5 Lectures 22:04

We'll look at creating tables, and see how you can fit the column widths to the text. Then we'll look at using Quick Tables (predefined tables).

Preview 05:11

We previously defined our initial table dimensions. We'll look at the many ways you can insert and delete rows, and we'll also look at changing the autofit options and doing some formatting as well, including Borders and Shading.

9c. Defining table dimensions and 9d. Setting autofit options

Explicitly defining a table is not the only way to create a table. Sometimes you might already have text which you want to put into a table. Let's see how a table can be created using existing text.

9a. Converting text to tables

Just as we have converting text into tables, we can also do it the other way round. Let's take a table, and see what information we need to provide to get it into a standard text format.

9b. Converting tables to text

Finally, we'll have a look at telling Word which row is your header, and then making sure that it doesn't become orphaned in previous versions of Word.

9f. Establishing titles
10) Modify a table
7 Lectures 46:16

Previously we saw how to apply a style to a table. Let's learn how to customise the style.

Preview 08:01

We look at modifying the fonts used within your tables, and find out that using stylised fonts don't always work.

10b. Modifying fonts within tables

We'll find out how to re-sort a table, look at the three different types of column types, and whether you need to highlight the table first or not.

10c. Sorting table data

We'll have a look at configuring the space around the text in your cell, and also configuring the space around the cell before you get to the next cell.

10d. Configuring cell margins

Often you will want to total the cells in a column. Let's find out about using formulas, identify where you need to type ABOVE and LEFT, and understand when these formulas will (and won't) update themselves.

10e. Using formulas

Tables don't need to be the same dimensions. Let's add additional rows and columns, and remove them as well.

10f. Modifying table dimensions

We'll look at merging two cells into one, and splitting the cells back again.

10g. Merging cells
11) Create and modify a list
4 Lectures 29:17

We've seen lists throughout this course. Let's add numbering and custom bullets, modifying list indentation, and find out how to indent and outdent.

Preview 07:19

We'll look at all of the various numbering formats you can use, and where you can add prefixes and suffixes to it, or change the font.

11f. Modifying numbering

We've look at simple lists. Let's set up a more complicated list with multiple levels, e.g. 1 a) i), and see how they can be linked to styles and save you a lot of time.

11a and 11f using Multilevel Lists

A quick look at line spacing, and how it is best to do it through styles or Home - Paragraph.

11d. Modifying line spacing
12) Create endnotes, footnotes and citations
6 Lectures 25:52

What's the difference between an endnote and a footnote? Let's insert them, work out what the shortcut keys are, and find out.

Preview 06:23

What if you want to change your footnotes to endnotes, or vice versa. Let's see how easy it is to do one, and how hidden the dialog option is to do them all.

12b. Managing locations, 12c. configuring and 12d. Modifying formats & numbering

We'll look at a more formal way of inserting references, by inserting citation sources and seeing what fields can be filled in.

12f. Inserting citations

Why did my complicated citation source result in "WikiPedia, 2014"? Let's look at the various styles we can use.

12h. Changing citation styles

You might not be sure what a relevant source is going to be for your text. Let's add a placeholder, so we have a place to add the source later.

12e. Inserting citation placeholders

Having added all of the sources into our document, let's use this information to automatically create and update our bibliography, a list of the sources used.

12g. Inserting bibliography
13) Create captions
2 Lectures 09:57

Objects can be captioned, so they can be referenced in the future. Let's find out how to add captions.

Preview 03:34

Let's create an index based on the captions that you have created, plus we'll add some cross-references to captions.

13b. Creating a index based on captions
14) Insert and format building blocks
3 Lectures 25:24

We've already had a look at quick parts. This time, now we have had a look at styles, let's find out how StyleRef can work for us really usefully.

Preview 08:07

Text doesn't have to be in a straight line, one paragraph following another. Let's add a text box and place it away from the rest of the text.

14b. Inserting textboxes

Want to add frequently used text to your document? Let's find out how to use and customise the building block organiser.

14c. Utilising building blocks organiser and 14d. Customising building blocks
15) Insert and format shapes and SmartArt
5 Lectures 29:44

Microsoft Word is not all about...words. Let's insert a few arrows and format them.

Preview 07:53

SmartArt can be one of the most powerful presentation tools in Microsoft Word. Let's explore a few of the many possibilities for which it can be used.

15b. Inserting SmartArt

Now that we have our basic SmartArt, how can it be adjusted? Let's modify the color, size and shape.

15c. Modifying SmartArt properties (colour, size, shape)

Text can flow through, around, behind, or in front of your shapes and SmartArt. Let's see how.

15d. Wrapping text around shapes

You've got your shapes, but they are in exactly the right position? Let's move, align and group them.

15e. Positioning shapes
16) Insert and format images
5 Lectures 23:33

A picture may be worth a 1,000 words, but how do you get it in your document. Let's insert a picture from your computer, and then search for one on the Internet.

Preview 06:10

Fancy changing your picture into a sketch? Let's find out what artistic effects you can do.

Preview 03:56

Your picture can be framed. Let's add a few picture effects, including reflections, and see how this can be done using quick styles as well.

16c. Applying picture effects

Let's look at adding borders, adjusting the size, filtering the picture through a shape, and most importantly, cropping it.

16d. Modifying image properties (colour, size, shape)

Let's finish this section by reviewing adding quick styles to images, wrapping text around images, and positioning images precisely on a page.

16e. Adding quick styles to images, 16f. Wrapping text, 16g. Positioning images
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About the Instructor
Phillip Burton
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Phillip is a Computing Consultant providing expert services in the development of computer systems and data analysis. He is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. He has also been certified as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert for Business Intelligence, Microsoft Office 2010 Master, and as a Microsoft Project 2013 Specialist.

He enjoys investigating data, which allows me to maintain up to date and pro-active systems to help control and monitor day-to-day activities. As part of the above, he also developed and maintained a Correspondence Database in Microsoft Access and SQL Server, for viewing job-related correspondence (110,000 pdfs in one job) by multiple consultants and solicitors.

He has also developed expertise and programmes to catalogue and process and control electronic data, large quantities of paper or electronic data for structured analysis and investigation.

He is one of 9 award winning Experts for Experts Exchange's 11th Annual Expert Awards and was one of Expert Exchange's top 10 experts for the first quarter of year 2015.

His interests are working with data, including Microsoft Excel, Access and SQL Server.