Microsoft Word 2010 for Beginners
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Microsoft Word 2010 for Beginners

Microsoft Word 2010 for Beginners focuses on the essential features of the editor while avoiding the complexities
4.1 (28 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,953 students enrolled
Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 8/2014
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  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • To learn the basics of Microsoft Word 2010
  • To learn how to configure an environment conducive to writing
  • Prepare novelists to submit manuscripts for editing and publication
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  • Ability to run Microsoft Word 2010

Calling All Fiction Writers!

Do you use Microsoft Word every day of your life but never took the time to learn how to efficiently and effectively use the tool?

Are you new to Microsoft Word and don't know where to begin?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this is the course for you.

    "The mechanic who would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools."

Learn to Use the Essential Features of Microsoft Word

This course focuses on all the features of Microsoft Word that are essential for writing fiction while ignoring the business and non-fiction authoring features. The result is a streamline fast-paced course that will have you up and running in no time. In this course you'll learn:

  • Screen and menu layoutss
  • Typing assist
  • Basic editing
  • Saving and restoring work
  • Configuring Word
  • Using templates
  • Inserting lists, images, and tables
  • Formatting headers and footers
  • Tracking Changes

I even conclude the course with a glimpse at my personal Word environment.

Learn the Fundements to Assist You In Takin My Other Courses

I've created several courses for writers (e.g. self-publishing) on Udemy, all of which assume that the student possesses a fundamental understanding of Microsoft Word. In this course, I provide the fundamental understanding required to fully comprehend the topics presented in my other courses.

Have You Struggled with the Basics of Word?

I can bring you up to speed in around 2 hours!!! The basics of Microsoft Word aren't really that difficult to comprehend. Once all the business and non-fiction writer functions are ignored, you're left with a fundamental set of core features that you'll learn to use like a pro. I'm sure you'll be able to follow along easily on this gentle introduction into this powerful word processor.

    "I loved this course. I wish I had been able to take this class early in my writing career instead of figuring things out as I went along. Even now, after twenty-four published novels, I learned valuable shortcuts and refinements in these lessons that I will apply to my work immediately. Thank you Brian Jackson, for a well-thought-out and effective course geared to authors (but useful for others as well.)"
    -- Susan Squires, New York Times Bestselling Author of the "Magic" Series

Let's Have Some Fun Together

I try to avoid anything that wouldn't be enjoyable. Join me on what I think is a fun course of discovery that will lay the foundations for later work together.


Who is the target audience?
  • Writers just beginning to learn Microsoft Word 2010
  • Writers wishing to brush up on their Microsoft Word 2010 skills
  • Writers looking for a few tricks to use in future documents
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 03:13
The Basics
8 Lectures 01:01:00

Various options for starting Word are followed by options for exiting Word.

Preview 04:47

An initial description of the Microsoft Word 2010 screen layout with the exception of the main menu described in the next lecture.

Preview 07:32

The Word main menu.

Layout of the Word Screen Pt. 2: The Main Menu

Learn how word helps you while your typing your document.

Assisted Typing in Word

The basic way to select text is described. Then I show you how to style that text using Bold and Italic fonts and colors. Next, editing via delete, copy, and move operations are demonstrated along with a simple paste. Finally, more advanced ways of selecting text are explored.

Selecting, Styling, Deleting, Cutting, Copying, and Pasting

The file operations that can be applied to a document via the File menu.

New, Save, Close, and Open

Configuring word to look good and work well.

Configuring Your Word Experience

A demonstration of using the Word configuration just completed to author a document.

Writing in Word
Some Commonly Used Additions
6 Lectures 42:24
Using Templates

An overview of how to create unordered and ordered lists and how to nest them. Use ordered, or numbered, lists to identify items in a specific order, such as the steps in a recipe. Use unordered, or bulleted, lists to indicate items without indicating order, such as the ingredients in a recipe.

Inserting Lists

How to insert images and format text to flow around them.

Inserting Images

An overview of how to insert an configure tables which are used to organize rows and columns of information. The lecture begins with the before promised example of a definition list and moves on to more complicated tables.

Inserting Tables

A demonstration of inserting, configuring, and removing a simple table of contents.

Inserting a Table of Contents

This lecture describes page layout including setting the page size and margins and then adding headers and footers to the page.

Page Formatting with Headers and Footers
A Bit of Spit and Pollish
2 Lectures 08:39

How to track and accept the changes made by an external source, such as a copy editor.

Tracking Changes

In this lecture we perform a quick review of my Word 2010 screen configuration.

My Word Layout
About the Instructor
Brian Jackson
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Author/Publisher 32 Courses, 2760+ Reviews, 55,400+ Students

Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my lovely wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.