Microsoft Word Course: Level 1 (Beginners)

Microsoft Word Course: Level 1 (Beginners)

Microsoft Word short courses in Sydney, open to everyone.

View, edit, and create beautiful documents with our Microsoft Word courses in Sydney.

Microsoft Word allows you to create, edit, and share work quickly and easily. Learn Microsoft Word with our Microsoft Word courses in Sydney - short courses open to everyone.

This Microsoft Word course is a beginner’s Word course that will provide you with a sound grounding in the use of Microsoft Word to create professional documents required either at work or at home. This Microsoft Word course will place particular emphasis on developing accurate and well-designed documents using Microsoft Word. The Microsoft word course begins by illustrating how to navigate around Microsoft Word and then quickly gets you creating a new document before moving onto features such as text manipulation and enhancement, creating and using tabs and tables, embellishing documents with clip art and pictures and more. This Microsoft Word course is ideal for those new to Microsoft Word and will cover all the content you need to know before attempting the more advanced features of Word covered in Microsoft Word Course: Level 2 (Intermediate).

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this Microsoft Word course you should be able to:

  1. Create a new document.
  2. Work with a document.
  3. Display documents using various views.
  4. Select and work with text in a document.
  5. Cut and copy information within and between documents.
  6. Use a range of font formatting techniques.
  7. Format paragraphs.
  8. Work effectively with features that affect the page layout of your document.
  9. Work with tabs.
  10. Create and modify tables.
  11. Insert and work with pictures in a Word document.
  12. Use the Mail Merge Wizard to perform mail merges.
  13. Print a document.
  14. Obtain help for Word whenever you need it.
  15. Create high quality document designs and layouts.

Course Content

The following content will be covered in this Microsoft Word course:

Your First Microsoft Word Document

  • Creating Documents in Word.
  • Typing Text.
  • The Save As Place.
  • The Save As Dialog Box.
  • Saving a New Document on Your Computer.
  • Typing Numbers.
  • Inserting a Date.
  • Document Proofing.
  • Checking Spelling and Grammar.
  • Making Basic Changes.
  • Saving an Existing Document.
  • Printing a Document.
  • Safely Closing a Document.

Working With a Microsoft Word Document

  • The Open Place.
  • The Open Dialog Box.
  • Opening an Existing Document.
  • Navigating With the Keyboard.
  • Scrolling Through a Document.
  • Page Zooming.
  • Viewing the Ruler.
  • Showing Paragraph Marks.
  • Counting Words.

Viewing Documents in Microsoft Word

  • Viewing Multiple Pages.
  • Splitting the Window.
  • Opening a New Window.
  • Understanding Document Views.
  • Changing Document Views.
  • Understanding Read Mode.
  • Viewing a Document in Read Mode.
  • Viewing Gridlines.

Working With Text in Microsoft Word

  • Techniques for Selecting Text.
  • Selecting Text Using the Mouse.
  • Selecting Text Using the Keyboard.
  • Editing Text in Insert Mode.
  • Editing Text in Overtype Mode.
  • Deleting Text.
  • Using Undo.
  • Using Redo.
  • Understanding Find and Replace.
  • Finding Words.
  • Replacing Words.
  • Using Go To.

Cutting and Copying in Microsoft Word

  • Understanding Cutting and Copying.
  • Cutting and Pasting.
  • Copying and Pasting.
  • Drag and Drop Cutting.
  • Drag and Drop Copying.
  • Using the Clipboard Task Pane.

Text Appearance in Microsoft Word

  • Understanding Font Formatting.
  • Understanding Font Formatting Tools.
  • Working With Live Preview.
  • Changing Fonts.
  • Changing Font Size.
  • Increasing and Decreasing Font Size.
  • Making Text Bold.
  • Italicising Text.
  • Underlining Text.
  • Highlighting Text.
  • Changing Case.
  • Changing Text Colour.
  • Using the Format Painter.
  • Using the Font Dialog Box.
  • Clearing Font Formatting.

Working With Paragraphs in Microsoft Word

  • Understanding Paragraph Formatting.
  • Understanding Text Alignment.
  • Changing Text Alignments.
  • Changing Line Spacing.
  • Changing Paragraph Spacing.
  • Indenting Paragraphs.
  • Outdenting Paragraphs.
  • Starting a Bulleted List.
  • Adding Bullets to Existing Paragraphs.
  • Removing Existing Bullets.
  • Starting a Numbered List.
  • Numbering Existing Paragraphs.
  • Creating a Multilevel List.
  • Removing Existing Numbers.
  • Borders and Shading Dialog Box.
  • Shading Paragraphs.
  • Applying Borders to Paragraphs.
  • The Paragraph Dialog Box Indents and Spacing.
  • The Paragraph Dialog Box Line and Page Breaks.
  • Using the Paragraph Dialog Box.

Working With Pages in Microsoft Word

  • Changing Page Margins.
  • Setting Custom Margins.
  • Changing Page Orientation.
  • Changing Paper Sizing.
  • Setting Custom Paper Sizes.
  • Inserting Page Breaks.
  • Removing Page Breaks.
  • Inserting Page Numbers.
  • Formatting Page Numbers.
  • Removing Page Numbers.

Tabs in Microsoft Word

  • Using Default Tabs.
  • Setting Tabs on the Ruler.
  • Modifying Tabs on the Ruler.
  • Setting Tabs in the Tabs Dialog Box.
  • Setting Tab Leaders.
  • Setting Bar Tabs.
  • Setting Mixed Tabs.
  • Removing Tabs.

Tables in Microsoft Word

  • Understanding Tables.
  • Creating a Table.
  • Adding Data to a Table.
  • Selecting in Tables Using the Ribbon.
  • Selecting in Tables Using the Mouse.
  • Inserting Columns and Rows.
  • Deleting Columns and Rows.
  • Changing Column Widths.
  • Changing Row Heights.
  • Autofitting Columns.
  • Shading Cells.
  • Modifying Borders.
  • Adding Custom Borders.
  • Choosing a Table Style.

Pictures in Microsoft Word

  • Understanding Pictures.
  • Understanding Online Pictures.
  • Inserting a Picture.
  • Inserting an Online Picture.
  • Selecting Pictures.
  • Positioning Pictures.
  • Applying Text Wrapping Styles.
  • Resizing a Picture.
  • Applying Picture Styles to Pictures.
  • Resetting Pictures.
  • Changing the Picture.
  • Cropping a Picture.
  • Deleting Pictures.

Performing a Microsoft Word Mail Merge

  • Understanding Mail Merge.
  • Understanding the Mail Merge Process.
  • Creating a Recipient List.
  • Creating the Starting Document.
  • Starting the Mail Merge Wizard.
  • Selecting a Recipient List.
  • Inserting Mail Merge Fields.
  • Previewing the Merged Documents.
  • Completing the Merge.

Printing Your Microsoft Word Documents

  • Understanding Printing.
  • Previewing Your Document.
  • Quick Printing.
  • Selecting a Printer.
  • Printing the Current Page.
  • Specifying a Range of Pages.
  • Specifying the Number of Copies.

Intended Audience

This Microsoft Word course provides a comprehensive and thorough coverage of the basics of using Microsoft Word and requires little or no prior knowledge. This Microsoft Word course is ideal for new or existing Word users seeking to learn Word tasks outlined in the course content.

Delivery Style

This Microsoft Word course is presented as a practical, instructor-led computer-based course in a Microsoft Windows environment. In this Microsoft Word course you’ll have dedicated access to a computer exclusively for your use so you can follow instructor training and work through examples in an application-focused teaching environment.

Course Prerequisites

This Microsoft Word course assumes little or no knowledge of Word. You should be familiar with the basic functions of a computer operating system. This includes navigating the environment using a mouse and keyboard, starting applications, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, creating folders, opening and saving files, familiarity with the accessing the Internet and use of common web browsers. If you do not have these skills, we recommend attending the Basic Computer Skills Course before attempting this course.

Bring Your Own Device Option

This course is also available to participants who are seeking a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) option for users of Windows or Mac devices. Participants are able to bring and use their own laptop provided that they have a recent version of the software installed on their device. BYOD course participants are required to contact us on 02 8262 6400 (Option 4) between 9AM to 5PM Monday to Friday to enrol in this course. This option may also be available for any classes currently marked as full.

About your instructor

Paul Neale

Paul Neale

Paul Neale has had vast experience teaching all Microsoft Office applications from basic to advanced levels. His qualifications include Microsoft Certified Professional, Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment, and Cert IV Small Business Management. He is an experienced Project Management and Team Leader. He is also an IT trouble-shooter, experienced in hardware assembly, network design, back-office apps and helpdesk support.


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