Working with Text - Microsoft Word 2011 for Apple Macintosh

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Word 2011 is a software developed by Microsoft to make text editing and document construction far simpler and more accessible. Word replaces traditional pen and paper as well as typewriters as a way of taking down text information.

The Standard Toolbar has been integrated with the title bar, and no longer "floats" as on previous versions of Word. Common commands are contained in this space; here, you can start a new document with or without a template, open a previously accessed document, save your file, print a copy of the file, show or hide elements of the user interface, zoom in, and more. The most important feature of this new toolbar, however, is the Search feature, which allows you to dive into your work to quickly find any key phrases.

The Ribbon is the main toolbar of Word 2011, where commands that are most used are stored. Each tab on the Ribbon contains a different selection of tools, ordered from most often used on the left to least often used on the right. As well, contextual tabs may load at some occasions, when certain items or objects have been selected. The Ribbon was first implemented in Word 2007 for PC, and comes to Word 2011 for Mac to provide additional commonality between the two programs.

Helpful Videos

Here, we've included a few videos to help with not only understanding the capability of the Word 2011 suite, but also to give useful tutorials and pointers to make your experience with this software far easier.

Essential Training - The Ribbon

Essential Training - Printing to PDF

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