Chapter II.1. Getting to Know Word's Interface

In This Chapter

  • Opening new Word documents

  • Understanding the Word views

  • Viewing your document in Print Layout View

  • Taking notes in Notebook Layout View

  • Engaging an audience in Publishing Layout View

  • Taking a toolbar moment

  • Customizing Word the way you want it

To think that less than 30 years ago, the mere idea of having a computer with a word processor in most homes, much less most businesses, was just a prediction by idealists. Back then you were really high-tech if you had an IBM electric typewriter. Here you are today with Microsoft Word, an utterly amazing tool, just about everywhere.

Welcome to the Word minibook. We start by going over the various layouts you'll find in Microsoft Word. From there, we encourage you to explore and customize as you go. For information on any Office 2008 features that work the same in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage, check out Book I.

So much is new in Word 2008. Along the way, we point out some exceptionally useful features that you may have missed, or perhaps heard about but haven't investigated yet.

Opening Blank Word Documents

Before we describe Word's interface, launch Word. The most sensible way is to click Word's icon from the Dock. When you click Word's Dock icon, one of two different things happens, depending upon the settings you've chosen in Project Gallery. (We describe Project Gallery's settings in Book I, Chapter 2.)

  • If Project Gallery does not launch when applications are opened, Word opens ...

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