Microsoft Word 2013
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Microsoft Word 2013

The beginners guide to Microsoft Word
4.4 (29 ratings)
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Created by Colin Marks
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use Microsoft Word in a professional environment
  • Understand the simple elements of Microsoft Word.
  • Create professional looking documents from scratch.
  • Create mail merge documents to save time in the office.
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  • No Prior experience is required for this course.
  • A willingness to learn
  • A PC/laptop with Microsoft Office installed would be helpful for practice
  • All practice exercises are provided.

This Microsoft Word for beginners course has been designed from the ground up taking the average office into account. Microsoft Word, along with Microsoft Excel is the most popular office productivity application used in offices. In this Microsoft Word for beginners course, I will take you through each section of the carefully designed syllabus so that you are proficient in every area of Microsoft Word that you will need to work in the average busy office. If you are a beginner starting to use Microsoft Word for the first time or if you have used previous versions of Microsoft Word (2003, 2007 or 2010) this course will give you the confidence you need to take on any word processing task.

We look at the simple things and the slightly more advanced, everything from document creation to mail merge, you will have the tools required to keep you at the top of your game.

Each tutorial starts off from the very beginning, assuming you have no prior knowledge but still going at a pace that will keep you engaged for the entire course.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is suitable for all levels.
  • New Microsoft Word users.
  • Experienced Microsoft word users who have yet to use Office 2013
  • Users who just need to brush up on their word processing skills.
Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:11

This is an introduction to the course, a bit about the instructor and what to expect from the course

Preview 02:11
Using the Application
3 Lectures 14:52

A guided tour of the Microsoft Word application, so the the students know the location of everything, this will provide them with a good grounding for the next lectures

Preview 05:28

In this section we will look at opening Microsoft Word for the first time. We will look at the different templates and how we would choose a template and use it. 

Preview 03:26

In this lecture we look at saving a document for later use, we also look at saving different versions of a document.

In this lecture we also seen how to switch between open documents.

There is an exercise included in the resource files

Saving a document
Enhancing Productivity
1 Lecture 04:32

We will cover a number of different parts in this lecture, all are focused with making you quicker and more efficient at your work

Enhancing Productivity

A question on the quick access toolbar

Quick Access toolbar
1 question
Document Creation
3 Lectures 14:23

In this section we will look at entering text and symbols. We will look at how to position the cursor so that the text is entered at the exact point we want,

Entering Text and Symbols and Selecting Text

Use the built in feature in Microsoft Word to automatically find and replace text

Find and replace

Copying and pasting are one of the most widely used features in Microsoft Word, so it is important that students have a good understanding of each process, in this lecture we will go through a couple of different scenarios.

Copy, Cut and Paste

1 question
5 Lectures 38:10

In this section we will look at the different formatting options, we will look at font type and size, colour and style.

Document formatting

In this lecture we will look at paragraphs, we will look at the way we can create paragraphs by merging and splitting other paragraphs.

We will also look at the way paragraphs are aligned and the different times you would use the different alignment option.

Formatting Paragraphs

In this section we will look at indenting paragraphs. We will look at the different indents that we can do and the different times that we can do them.

We will also look at setting up tabs so that we can properly align text and lists.

Indenting paragraphs and setting up tabs

In this lecture we will look at line spacing, the correct way to do it and the reasons behind doing it.

We will also look at applying bullets and numbers to a list.

And we will look at adding borders to text and paragraphs.

Line spacing, Bullets and Numbering and Borders.

In this lecture we will focus on two main items, paragraphs styles and format painter, Both are used as a way to increase productivity.

The paragraph styles and styles in general can be used to make sure that all you styles and headings are the same through out a document, this ensures that Microsoft word can pick up headings when doing table of contents.

The format painter is used to match two types of formatting.

Paragraph Styles and Format Painter
3 Lectures 30:06

Learn how to create a table and then complete all the formatting changes that can be made to it.


In this section we will look at creating charts and some of the main formatting options that can be applied to charts.


This lecture is all about pictures and shapes. we look at inserting pictures and also the different changes that we can make to the pictures.

We also look at shapes, putting shapes into a document, resizing and grouping them.

Graphical objects
Mail Merge
1 Lecture 10:46

Mail merge is one of the more advanced options in Microsoft word. It is the thing that employers will ask for when sounding out an employee for a job that involves word processing. This lecture takes mail merge from start to finish.

Mail merge
2 Lectures 19:04

In this lecture we will look at the way we can set up the document to enhance the finished version. We will look at Margins, orientation, Paper size, Page breaks and Headers/footers.

Document Set Up

This lecture looks at using the spell checker to make sure that all spellings are in line with the dictionary and also looks at the final print settings.

Spell Checking and Printing
1 Lecture 00:08
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About the Instructor
Colin Marks
4.5 Average rating
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1,619 Students
6 Courses
Certified Microsoft & Apple Trainer

I am an IT Trainer with over 8 years experience in delivering training in both Apple and Microsoft to a large array of clients, in both public training centres and corporate environments.

I have an IT teaching diploma and focus mainly on software training. I hold a current Microsoft Office Master certificate and have been teaching Microsoft Office Specialist (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint and Outlook all to an advanced level) for the past 6 years.

The training I deliver ranges from iPad and iPhone training to Office productivity applications like Pages, Numbers and Keynote. I also train in video editing software like Final Cut Pro X and iMovie.

I feel the most important part of training is developing a connection with your students, building trust in both sides.