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Microsoft Word 2013: Beginner to Advanced

This course will increase your knowledge and proficiency, as well as improve your current Word processing skills.
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Microsoft Word is an essential program that is used in a myriad of industries throughout the world. This series of courses will help increase your existing knowledge and proficiency. Improving your Microsoft Word 2013 skills, will allow you to be more productive in the workplace.

Our instructor will explain all of the features and functionalities the application offers in an easy to understand, step-by-step method. The videos have been designed for both first-time users with fundamental Word 2013 problems and advanced users with specific Word 2013 challenges.

Here are some of the things you will learn in this course:

  • How to create, edit, and enhance simple Word 2013 documents.
  • How to create new documents and edit them.
  • How to use Word Help.
  • How to use formatting and layout methods for text, paragraphs, and pages.
  • How to use proofing tools, document recovery features, andcustomization options
  • How to use page layouts, columns, WordArt, SmartArt graphics, and text wrapping.
  • How to efficiently create, manage, revise, and distribute long documents and forms.
  • How to use Quick Parts, templates, macros and more!
Quizzes are available at the end of each lesson to validate your knowledge.
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for all Word users. From beginners who wish to learn how to use Microsoft Word 2013 inside and out, to advanced users who wish to brush up on their current skills in Word processing.
  • Those who are already fully confident in their Microsoft Word 2013 skills can probably overlook this course.
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What Will I Learn?
Understand Word 2013 inside and out with a sense of confidence.
Create, edit and otherwise modify Word documents.
Change Page layout options and add sharp and attractive graphics to your Word documents.
Create macros and templates.
Collaboratively work on a Word document with friends or Co-Workers.
Add privacy protection options and more!
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  • Have Microsoft Word 2013 ready and installed on your computer, or use a computer with Microsoft 2013 already installed.
  • A mind willing and eager to learn!
Curriculum For This Course
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Word 2013, Beginner - Course Overview
1 Lecture 00:48

A short overview of what will be presented in this course.

Preview 00:48
Lesson One - Getting Started with Word 2013
9 Lectures 45:28

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:29

Word 2013 opens to a landing page. This page enables you to open existing documents or create new documents. In this video you will learn how to navigate, zoom and select the view type that offers the best viewing experience for your document.

Display a Document

In this video you will learn how the Ribbon works and how to find and use the functions you need to perform all the functions you need in Word 2013.

Working with the Ribbon

Once you are familiar with the Word interface, you can begin creating Word documents.

Create a Word Document

As you type, Word will automatically check your spelling and grammar, and automatically correct certain typing errors. Learn how to use this feature to your advantage.


You may want to print the document. It's important to preview the document before printing it, in order to identify obvious formatting errors and to verify that all the elements are where you want them. Once you've verified the preview, you can choose from among several print options.


Now that you've begun to create a document, you want to save it so that you can work on it later. You also want to save a domument with another name, so that the original copy will remain unchanged.


In this topic, you'll use the Help feature in Word to find answers to your questions.


An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Getting Started with Word 2013 - Summary

Getting Started with Word 2013 - Quiz
3 questions
Lesson Two - Editing a Document
5 Lectures 19:52

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:19

Once you've created a Word document, you may find that some of the text in it isn't quite what you want, so you'll need to make some editing changes. Using appropriate navigation techniques will help you locate the text you want.

Navigate and Select Text

Once you've located and selected the text you're looking for, you might want to change it in some way. In this video you will learn how to use these basic commands and their keyboard shortcuts.

Modify Text

A common editing task involves replacing certain words or phrases.

Find and Replace Text

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Editing a Document - Summary

Editing a Document - Quiz
3 questions
Lesson Three - Formatting Text and Paragraphs
9 Lectures 47:29

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:34

To help certain text elements stand out in your document, you can apply various formatting options, such as different font styles or highlighting.

Apply Character Formatting

You may want to change the alignment of text to help give it a cleaner appearance. Improperly aligned paragraphs can make a document look sloppy.

Align Text Using Tabs

A list is a data grouping method in which the items in a group are displayed one after the other. Lists can have a single level or multiple levels and can use various styles of numbers or bullets.

Preview 07:26

Paragraph formatting options give you a great deal of control over paragraph layout. This will add variety and a professional look to your Word documents.

Control Paragraph Layout

In addition to applying character formatting options and controlling paragraph layout, you can add borders and shading to portions of text.

Apply Borders and Shading

Styles are simply sets of formatting elements that can be applied with a single action. You can use Word's predefined styles, or modify those styles to suit your needs.

Apply Styles

It can be tedious to search through a long document to find and replace the formatting you want to change. Word gives you tools to easily manage the formatting in your documents.

Manage Formatting

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Formatting Text and Paragraphs - Summary

Formatting Text and Paragraphs - Quiz
7 questions
Lesson Four - Adding Tables
6 Lectures 29:44

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:32

A table is a container that is used to organize text, numerical data, or graphics. A table can have specialized table formats, such as borders drawn around some or all of the cells, or shading in rows or columns.

Insert a Table

As you work with tables, you may find that you want to make changes to the table structure, merge cells, resize cells, etc. Word provides several methods for adjusting the structure of your table so you can keep your data neat and well organized.

Modify a Table

Once you've added a table to your document, you'll probably want to make adjustments to its appearance to complement the table to other formatting elements in the document.

Format a Table

You can take existing text and convert it to table form. Similarly, you can convert content in a table to text. These are useful options you can use to avoid manually re-entering your content into the desired format.

Convert Text to a Table

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Adding Tables - Summary

Adding Tables - Quiz
4 questions
Lesson Five - Managing Lists
5 Lectures 20:24

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:34

You've created lists in order to improve the readability of certain types of information. You may find that you need to reorder the items, perhaps alphabetically or by some other criteria.

Preview 03:28

Renumbering a list lets you handle situations like adding new items to the list or you need to split it into two or more lists without having to retype the list, or cut and paste items into a new list.

Renumber a List

In this video you will learn how to customize a list, which will help in presenting your information in a logical fashion.

Customize a List

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Managing Lists - Summary

Managing Lists - Quiz
3 questions
Lesson Six - Inserting Graphic Objects
4 Lectures 18:22

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:34

Ever wonder how to type the registered trademark character ®? It's not on the typical keyboard. Fortunately, Word provides convenient access to a large group of such symbols and special characters.

Insert Symbols and Special Characters

With Word, you can add pictures, illustrations, and clip art to draw your readers' attention and accentuate your message.

Add Images to a Document

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Inserting Graphic Objects - Summary

Inserting Graphic Objects - Quiz
2 questions
Lesson Seven - Controlling Page Appearance
6 Lectures 24:34

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:40

In addition to adding borders and colors to paragraphs and tables, Word allows you to apply these elements to an entire page.

Apply a Page Border and Color

There are other background elements you can add that are very useful in identifying the type of document you're working on, or the type of information it contains like DRAFT or CONFIDENTIAL.

Add a Watermark

Did you ever drop an unbound, multi-page document, and watch the pages scatter? As you put the pages back in order, you were probably thankful that each page was numbered. Learn how to add page numbers and other useful information in headers and footers.

Add Headers and Footers

Adjusting the overall page layout allows you to fine-tune the appearance of your document before it's printed. Defining page layout options helps harmonize the flow of text and graphics on the page.

Control Page Layout

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Controlling Page Appearance - Summary

Controlling Page Appearance - Quiz
3 questions
Lesson Eight - Proofing a Document
5 Lectures 18:40

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:41

Before finalizing your document, you will want to ensure that it has no spelling or other writing errors. Rather than reading through the document yourself to find mistakes, Word can save you valuable time by doing the checking for you.

Check Spelling and Grammar

A thesaurus is a reference tool containing a collection of synonyms and antonyms.

Other Proofing Tools

Documents can be confusing to the reader application for people with visual and cognitive disabilities, if the layout doesn't meet the standard layout the reader expects.

Check Accessibility

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Proofing a Document - Summary

Proofing a Document - Quiz
2 questions
Lesson Nine - Customizing the Word Environment
5 Lectures 17:24

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:28

You might wish for an alternative to constantly typing out a long name that you use regularly, or clicking in several places simply to open a document. You can change the interface to streamline the tasks you perform frequently.

Customize Word Options

You can add commands you frequently use to the Quick Access Toolbar to save time when you carry out these tasks.

Customize the Word Interface

What if you need to send your document to a person who doesn't have Word 2013 installed, or who needs to view the document in another application altogether?

Additional Save Options

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Customizing the Word Environment - Summary

Customizing the Word Environment - Quiz
2 questions
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