Microsoft Word 1: 9 hours to Specialist (intermediate) level
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Microsoft Word 1: 9 hours to Specialist (intermediate) level

Learn skills needed for the Microsoft Word Specialist certificate exam 77-418 (2013) & 77-725 (2016). 9 hours of video.
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Created by Phillip Burton
Last updated 1/2020
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • create documents, including from templates and PDFs.
  • navigate through documents, including searching text, creating bookmarks, using go to and inserting hyperlinks.
  • formatting documents, including page setup, document themes, inserting headers and footers, page numbers and watermarks.
  • customising document views, including the ribbon and quick access toolbar, adding metadata, using the show/hide button, and recording and using macros.
  • configuring documents to print and save in remote locations and alternate file formats, and password protecting documents.
  • inserting text and paragraphs, including inserting built-in fields and special characters, removing blank paragraphs en masse, and inserting text via AutoCorrect.
  • formatting text and paragraphs, including text formats, paragraph formats, indenting (in detail), stylising text, and changing text to WordArt.
  • Before beginning, you will need to know how to use a Windows computer, including a mouse.
  • 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.

Very complete looking forward to sitting exam - Donald Eric Warner

Great instruction. This guy knows all the tricks! Learning things I have never used before. - Caesaree Tompkins Harper

Really thorough. Definitely making sure that all components are covered for the exam. - David Smith Jr.


In this 9 hour course, learn how to create, navigate through and format documents, customise your options and views (including recording macros), configuring documents to print/save, and inserting and formatting text and paragraphs. For more details, see the full curriculum.

This course teaches all the skills that Microsoft want you to know. Specifically, they are the skills required to undertake the Microsoft Certificate 77-418 for Microsoft Word 2013 and 77-725 for Microsoft Word 2016 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 topics that Microsoft that it wants you to learn, and this course teaches you all of them.

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.
Who this course is for:
  • 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.
Course content
Expand all 96 lectures 08:57:47
+ Introduction
4 lectures 16:06

In this lecture, I'll introduce myself, and introduce what we are going to learn.

Preview 02:18
Welcome to Udemy
Introduction to Udemy

We'll have a look at what we are going to learn, why we are going to learn it, and what certificate we can get from this information.

Preview 11:13
+ Level 1, Section 1: Create a document
3 lectures 08:54

Let's start! We'll start by creating a blank new document by going to File - New, and we'll use this method to create a document based on a template, such as a fax cover sheet.

Preview 02:44

We'll now look at opening documents. In addition to opening native Word documents, we can also open all types of files, such as text documents. We can do that by going to File - Open, or by going to Windows Explorer.

1c. Importing files and 1d. Opening non-native files directly in Word

Another type of file we can open are PDF files. It used to be that PDFs were basically read-only, but now we can open them easily (if not 100% exactly) in Word for editing.

1f. Opening a PDF in Word for editing
+ Level 1, Section 2: Navigate through a document
4 lectures 15:15

Next we'll start navigating our way through your document. Let's start by finding text, by using the Navigation pane and by using the Find box.

Preview 04:38

Your document doesn't just have to consist of words that don't lead anywhere. Let's add something you can click and get to an external resource, such as a website. Let's add a hyperlink.

2b. Inserting hyper-links

You might have a really long document, and want to add pointers that you want to go back to. These are called bookmarks, and you can use these in conjunction with hyperlinks. Let's add one.

2c. Creating bookmarks

There is a dialog box called "Go to", which enables you to get to a specific page, or a bookmark, instantly. Let's find out how to access it, and what the shortcut key is.

2d. Using go to
+ Level 1, Section 3: Format a document
5 lectures 26:53

We now turn to formatting a document. Let's look at all of the options we have for modifying how a page is set up (e.g. portrait or landscape).

Preview 04:17

It is very easy to add a splash of color and style to your document, whilst still making it consistent. Let's add a theme to your document, and then apply headings to your document and see them automatically color.

3b. Changing document themes and 3c. Changing document style sets

You can also format the top and bottom of each page. Perhaps you would like a title on the top, and a description or page number on the bottom. Let's add a simple header and footer.

3d. Inserting simple headers and footers

Let's look at the background of your document. Maybe you want DRAFT or CONFIDENTIAL added, or how about a graphic. Let's add a watermark.

3e. Inserting watermarks

One of the important things to add to footers is the page number. Let's see more options about how we can do this and customise it.

3f. Inserting page numbers
+ Level 1, Section 4: Customise options and views for documents
10 lectures 49:43

We now turn to how you see your document. There is more than one way of looking at it, including the Reading view. Let's see the five different views you can use.

Preview 04:48

It could be that you want to see more of the page at once. Or prehaps you want to focus on a particular section. Let's zoom in and out, many different ways.

4b. Using zoom

The QAT (Quick Access Toolbar) enables you to quickly access all of your favorite buttons. Let's find out what it is, how you can move its position, and how you can add more buttons to it.

4c. Customising the quick access toolbar

The ribbon is also customisable, as you can add buttons and groups to it. Let's find out how.

4d. Customising the ribbon

You are not limited to just seeing one part of a document at once. Let's split your view, and see two different parts at the same time. Also, let's add a new window.

4e. Splitting the window

Metadata, or document properties, allow you to put information about the document in a computer friendly and ordered way. Let's find out how to add metadata, and then how to search for it later.

4f. Adding values to document properties

There are a few characters, such as paragraph marks and spaces, which are important to your document but which don't leave a mark. Let's change that.

4g. Using show/hide

We'll look at what a macro actually is - a piece of automated code. We'll create a macro which types "Hello There", and we'll see how it can be played back.

4h. Recording simple macros

Clicking on View - View Macros - Run can be a lot of work if you have to do it many times. We'll create a new macro and assign it a shortcut key.

4i. Assigning shortcut keys

When you have macros, you then need macro security. Let's find out how to enable your macros to run, and how to stop others from doing so.

4j. Managing macro security
+ Level 2, Section 1: Configure documents to print or save
4 lectures 23:33

We'll look at how to get printing options added to the QAT, and go through the various options of printing. We'll then take an advanced look at the File - Options - Display tab and see what will and will not be printed by default.

Preview 04:55

We'll find out how to save files in remote locations, and how to save it in a format which users of Word 2003 would be able to read, by maintaining backward compatibility.

5d. Saving files to remote locations and 5g. Maintaining backward compatibility

We'll have a look at all the various alternate file formats that you can save Word documents as, and concentrate on the many words you can create PDF documents.

5b. Saving documents in alternate file formats

We'll look at the various types of protection you can have for your document - open, modify and read only recommended - and see how good it actually is.

5e. Protecting documents with passwords
+ Level 2, Section 2: Insert text and paragraphs
7 lectures 52:05

We'll look at how to open a document, navigate around it and append text. We'll also look at shortcut keys for moving around your document.

Preview 04:30

We'll find out how to find and replace text. After taking a simple example, we'll look at some of the additional options we can use, such as finding complete words, matching text, and using similar word forms (e.g. irregular plurals).

6b. Finding and replacing text

We'll find all about copying and pasting, how to resolve conflicts with source and destination fonts, and how to get Word to remember the last 24 items that you have copied in Word.

6c. Copying and pasting text

dONT YOU HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS? Find out how AutoCorrect can correct common mistakes, and how you add your own words and phrases to it to cut down on your own typing and errors.

6d. Inserting text via autocorrect

We'll use the Find and Replace dialog box we looked at earlier, and see how we can use the Special drop-down box to help get rid of empty paragraphs.

6e. Removing blank paragraphs

We'll look firstly at adding document properties (or metadata) into the text of your document. Then we'll go a bit more wide, and look at adding other document information into your document as fields, and how to have them automatically updated.

6f. Inserting built-in fields

We'll look at inserting symbols using AutoCorrect, and by going to Insert - Symbol. We'll also look at inserting accented characters by using Ctrl and finding the key that the accent looks like.

6g. Inserting special characters
+ Level 2, Section 3: Format text and paragraphs
13 lectures 01:20:40

We'll investigate what font attributes are (such as bold and double underlined), how to see this, and how to manipulate them, including through a dialog box.

Preview 06:30

We'll use the find and replace function to add formatting, such as color and underlines. We'll also see what else it can do.

7b. Using find and replace to format text

One of the most undervalued yet easy aspects of Microsoft Word. How to apply your existing formatting to another part of your document very quickly - use Format Painter.

7c. Using format painter

We'll look at paragraph spacing, where it can be applied, what it is measured in, and how to avoid similar style paragraphs having spaces between the paragraph. We'll also see the difference between paragraph spacing and line spacing.

7d. Setting paragraph spacing

Line spacing is different from paragraph spacing. Find out how, and what you need to know about it.

7e. Setting line spacing

A quick lecture, showing 3 different ways of clearing formatting that you don't want (apart from doing it manually!).

7f. Clearing existing formatting

In this lecture, we'll have a look at the indentation at the beginning and end of a paragraph, find out how to adjust it, and how to do something different on the first line than on subsequent ones.

7g. Setting indentation - Part 1

There's more than indentation than changing where the start of a line or paragraph goes. Let's look at using the Tab key in the middle of your line to line items up. We'll see the various type of tab stops, including left-, middle- and right-justified, together with decimal-aligned and the vertical bar.

7g. Setting indentation - Part 2

We'll now have a look at setting up tabs in a dialog box, and see what additional options that gives us.

7g. Setting indentation - Part 3

Here we'll look at how to highlight sections of text, and discover that there are two ways to do this. We'll also look at a third way, using the Find and Replace dialog box.

7h. Highlighting text selections

Here we'll look at how you can stylise text. We'll also look at making new styles.

7i. Adding styles to text

WordArt allows you to create colorful effects with words for use in posters and other eye-catching presentations. We'll look at how to create WordArt, and then see the options for modifying both and other drawings.

7j. Changing text to WordArt

We'll look at how to modify existing styles, and the huge amount of things which can be changed. There will also be a word of caution against one of the options commonly used.

7k. Modifying existing style attributes
+ Level 3, Section 1: Order and group text and paragraphs
6 lectures 37:05

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

Preview 04:52

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
+ Level 3, Section 2: 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