Word 2010 – Part I Beginning Concepts

Word 2010 is Microsoft’s dynamic word processing tool and it offers features that allow you to create attractive and engaging documents. This course allows you to explore the basic features and concepts offered by the software.

This is a self-paced, online course that is presented in nine modules with approximately nine hours of content. The course includes access to course content and digital book library for one year.

Benefits of taking a self-paced online course:

  • Self-paced course allows you to learn at your own speed
  • Online access to the course means you can learn from any computer, at work or home
  • Ability to instantly search and access a vast collection of books and other content from the worlds leading authorities
  • Course and materials library serves as a resource when needing information on Word 2010
  • Course content can be accessed for one full year

Who Should Attend

Individual and business users with basic computer literacy who want to learn the rich features of word processing using Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basic functions, including opening the application, creating new documents and using the tools that will help you build and edit documents
  • Apply formatting and work with text
  • Utilize intuitive navigation features and formatting tools 
  • Structure your documents quickly and easily, even large documents with many pages
  • Review, save, share, and print documents
  • Understand the features for customizing the behavior and appearance of documents and for drawing and inserting graphics

Course Outline/Topics

Course Module 1 – Getting Started with Word 2010

The Ribbon menu, which is unique to Microsoft Office, organizes Words many features into related tabs and makes it easier to quickly access those you need. The Backstage view provides a single streamlined ‘stage’ for all file-level tools, such as those used for saving, printing and sharing your files. This course explores these topics and other basics of using Word 2010, including opening the application, creating new documents and an introduction to the many tools that will help you build and edit your documents.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Recognize the capabilities of Word 2010
  • Open and create a document
  • Distinguish between the various ways of entering, selecting and deleting text
  • Use and understand the primary functions of key features


Course Module 2 – Formatting and Working with Text in Word 2010

Apply formatting to documents by providing a live visual preview of various formatting options. This allows you to view changes before actually committing to them. This course explains the font formatting options, Mini toolbar and Live Preview features. In addition, the creation and formatting of bulleted, numbered and multilevel lists are demonstrated.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Use the Mini toolbar to apply formatting
  • Understand how to use the Format Painter
  • Use the Home tab to apply formatting
  • Cut, copy and paste text
  • Undo and redo actions
  • Learn how to create a list
  • Learn how to format text


Course Module 3 – Organizing and Arranging Text in Word 2010

To create an attractive, coherent document, it’s important to understand the application’s basic paragraph-formatting features. This course demonstrates how to set margins, paragraph indenting and alignment, tab stops and how to show or hide formatting marks that can help guide your formatting decisions.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Apply basic shading and create and apply a custom border
  • Work with hidden text and formatting marks
  • Change margins, create indents and adjust spacing
  • Create columns
  • Organize and arrange text

Course Module 4 – Moving Around in Word 2010

Word 2010 offers a variety of intuitive navigation features that help you move around and find your way through documents, whether they’re a few pages or hundreds of pages long! This course explores basic navigation features such as scrollbars and keyboard keys, along with built-in tools such as the new Navigation Pane. This pane combines features of the Document Map, thumbnails and Search features found in earlier versions of Word into one, easy-to-use interface. The course also demonstrates how to use Full Screen Reading view to page through a file as if it were a printed document, and Outline view to organize your document.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Identify features and tools for moving around in a document
  • Learn how to use the Navigation Pane
  • Explore the Find and Replace and zoom features
  • Use Full Screen Reading and Outline views
  • Use the features and tools to view and move around a document, for a given scenario


Course Module 5 – Structuring Word 2010 Documents

Structure your documents quickly and easily. This course demonstrates how to use headings to restructure the outline of a document using the Navigation Pane. If you’re creating large documents with many pages, you might want to use page numbers to make your information easy to locate. The course explores how to add them along with other structural components, such as page and section breaks, headers and footers.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Use the Navigation Pane to restructure headings and content
  • Change how Word inserts automatic page breaks
  • Learn how to use section breaks and add headers and footers to documents
  • Add custom page numbers to documents
  • Use headings, breaks and page numbers to structure a document


Course Module 6 – Reviewing Documents in Word 2010

No one wants to be embarrassed by glaring grammatical mistakes and misspellings in a document. To help you catch these errors, Word includes editing tools that enable you to spot and fix your typos as you work. It also enables you to use other proofing features such as a thesaurus, research options and word count statistics to help you proof your work. You can make changes and leave comments while reviewing your work, using a feature that tracks all of your edits. This course explores all of these proofing tools and demonstrates how to use the Help feature.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Use the Research and Help features
  • Use and run the automatic spelling and grammar checker
  • Use the comments and track changes features
  • Spellcheck and review a document


Course Module 7 – Saving, Sharing and Printing in Word 2010

Learn to save your documents in many formats, including the standard .docx file extension and the well-recognized .doc extension. Save documents as PDF or XPS files to make them uneditable and give them standardized appearances for sharing, or choose to save and send them using e-mail, upload them as blog posts or save them on SharePoint. Plus, learn to use the new streamlined Print interface, which presents print options such as orientation and duplex printing on the same page as a preview of your document.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Understand how to save a document in different formats
  • Change the default save options
  • Save, send and print a document


Course Module 8 – Customizing the Behavior and Appearance of Word 2010

Efficiently create attractive and organized documents using a variety of automated and pre-built features. Use Word 2010 styles to give your document a polished appearance, or create your own styles in order to use a custom appearance over and over. Create documents using pre-built templates that are bundled with Word, saving you time and effort in choosing a layout and color scheme for your files. This course introduces Quick Styles and templates and also explores AutoCorrect, an editing feature that automatically corrects common errors such as not capitalizing the first letter of a sentence or accidental usage of the Caps Lock key. The course also demonstrates how you can customize the Ribbon.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Create and apply a Quick Style
  • Make document-wide style changes
  • Use AutoCorrect and undo an AutoCorrect action
  • Create a document from a template
  • Save a document as a template
  • Customize the Ribbon
  • Customize the appearance and behavior of Word 2010


Course Module 9 – Drawing and Inserting Graphics in Word 2010

We all know that to create an effective Word document, your text must be clear and organized, but we sometimes neglect the overall attractiveness of our documents. This course demonstrates powerful drawing and graphic features of Word 2010 – features that can boost the appeal of virtually any document! The course focuses on the processes and tools that allow you to add pictures, Clip Art, screenshots and SmartArt to your documents. It also explores drawing components such as shapes, WordArt and text boxes.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Add Clip Art to a document
  • Take and add a screenshot to a document
  • Add a picture to a document
  • Add a shape or WordArt to a document and edit it
  • Add a text box to a document
  • Add SmartArt or graphics to a document and edit them


Students should have basic computer literacy.


This is an online, self-paced course. For convenience, students have access to the course for one year and may use it as a resource for continued learning.

Dates and locations to be announced.