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Microsoft Word 2021/365: Introduction

Course Overview

Word 2021 is the most recent standalone release from Microsoft. It includes all the latest updates and features to help users create and work with documents effectively.

In this course, students will learn how to create new documents, both from scratch and using templates, and how to add content like text, images, charts, icons, and SmartArt. You will explore new ways to view documents like never before using focus mode, the immersive reader, and dark mode.

Word 2021 is designed for anyone who spends a lot of time putting documents together. Maybe you are a student creating coursework, a lawyer looking to learn the basics, or an author drafting a book. However you choose to use Word, you need to learn the basics before moving on to more niche tasks.

In this course, we will be taking a look at old favourites like mail merge, find and replace, and format painter. We’ll learn how to create a table of contents, an index, and a bibliography, and we will insert links and cross-references. And of course, we will learn how to make our document look great using themes, formatting, cover pages, custom text boxes and much more. We’ll throw in plenty of tips, tricks, and keyboard shortcuts along the way.

The only prerequisite for this course is a working copy of Word 2021 for Windows.

Learning Objectives:

This course covers:

  • Navigate the Word 2021 interface
  • Customize the quick access toolbar
  • Access and modify Word options
  • Create new documents from scratch and from a template  
  • Open and save existing documents
  • Switch between different document views
  • Enter, select, and apply formatting to text
  • Use cut, copy, paste, and paste options
  • Find and replace text in a document
  • Format paragraphs
  • Align paragraphs using indents and tab stops
  • Insert bulleted and numbered lists  
  • Apply a theme to control the look and feel of the document
  • Apply and modify Word styles
  • Insert content like shapes, icons, text boxes, 3D images, SmartArt, and charts
  • Annotate a document
  • Organise information using tables
  • Adjust the margins and orientation
  • Insert section and page breaks
  • Apply headers and footers
  • Insert blank pages and cover pages
  • Link to websites, other documents, and other sections using hyperlinks and bookmarks
  • Create re-usable content with Quick Parts