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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  • Lectures 47
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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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Section 1: Introduction

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


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

Section 2: 8) Order and group text and paragraphs

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Section 3: 9) Create a table

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).


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.


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.


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.


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.

Section 4: 10) Modify a table

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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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

Section 5: 11) Create and modify a list

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.


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.


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.


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

Section 6: 12) Create endnotes, footnotes and citations

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


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.


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


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


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.


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.

Section 7: 13) Create captions

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


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

Section 8: 14) Insert and format building blocks

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.


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.


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

Section 9: 15) Insert and format shapes and SmartArt

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


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.


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


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


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

Section 10: 16) Insert and format images

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.


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


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.


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


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

Section 11: You've finished! Now what?

Now that you've done all this work, would you like to become certified? Let's find out about booking the official Microsoft exam and getting your Microsoft Office Specialist certification.


Well done for completing the course. Here's a little bonus.


Thank you very much for doing this course, and good luck in your future.

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Instructor Biography

Phillip Burton, Over 26,000 students so far

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.

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