Microsoft Word 2013 Basics: Exercises

This guide explains the Microsoft Word 2007 program and describes how to navigate as well as use the basic features. The guide includes exercises that will enable the user to find the tools and features that have been either moved or changed from 2003.

Learning By Doing

The following are some simple exercises to assist in learning about the changes to MS Word, how to use the Ribbon, and where to find certain tools and commands that have been moved.


1)  Right click on the Status Bar, then add Columns and Line Number to the Status Bar.  Notice how the icons on the Status Bar have changed.

2)  Open the Customize Quick Access Toolbar, select More Commands,  then review the various commands that can be selected.  Choose a command that you think that you will use often and click the Add button followed by the OK button.  Notice how it now appears as an icon in the Quick Access Toolbar.

3)  Locate the Orientation icons and change the document to Landscape.

4)  Type a sentence into the document.  Change the font to Arial Black, size 12, and then add a shadow to the text.

5)  Insert a picture into the document using the sample images from the My Pictures folder or from another source.  Experiment with some of the new editing tools and formatting features by adding a border, changing the image size, or use the Recolor feature.

6)  Locate the Word Count and Set Language functions.  Which menu/Ribbon are they under?

7)  Where can you find the symbol for copyright to add it to a document?

8)  If you wanted to add a Table of Contents to your document, where would you look?

9)  Where is the option to Find & Replace located?

10)  Which view opens up a new menu and Ribbon?

Answers & Notes

1)  The Status Bar has several options that can be changed just by right clicking on it.

2)  The Quick Access Toolbar is one of the best tools in Word 2013 and it is suggested that users customize this with commands and tools that they use on a regular basis.

3)  This feature is located in the Page Layout Ribbon under Orientation.

4)  Highlight the sentence text with the cursor, then from the Home Ribbon use the Text & Typography feature and choose the  Shadow option.  The font and font size can be changed from the Font group.

5)  Notice how a new Ribbon will appear that has display and editing options.

6)  They are located under the Review menu.

7)  Insert menu-Symbols tab-Symbol-More Symbols

8)  References Ribbon-Table of Contents tab

9)  Home Ribbon-Editing tab

10)  Outline-This will open up the Outlining Ribbon.

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