5 Overview Week 1

Welcome to word processing. Word processing software allows the user to enter, edit and format text and graphics. The user can create and enhance business letters, memorandums, brochures, newsletters, reports, and any other typed information.

A benefit of word processing is that words or phrases usually only need to be typed once. Any words or phrases can be capitalized, moved to a different position, bolded, italicized, underlined, move into shapes and forms, changed into a different font color as well as different font types and sizes.

Many of you may know how to use some word processing techniques, but my hope is to introduce you to new concepts that you do not know such as tabulations, tables and mail merges. Week 1 starts with the basics – vocabulary, understanding the document window and its components, selecting text, saving and printing documents – and ends with a short quiz. Additionally, a short assignment will enhance the learning. The possible points follow each assignment. The titles in red are informational; the titles in blue are assignments.

The student will:

  • Express comprehension of word processing document and window components (terms) by taking a quiz.
  • Illustrate how to open and save a file in an assignment.
  • Demonstrate new terms such as select text, Save As, Print, attributes, and style found in the assignment Applying the Basics Assignment.


Understanding Document Components (Terms). This information lists vocabulary needed to understand word processing. The list is followed by an index to make it easier to find the information you need.

Illustrated Window Components. This information illustrates the relationship between the Tab row and the Groups on the ribbon.

Document and Window Components Quiz. Take this short quiz to show your understanding of the terms and the document window. (20 Points)

Simple Document Assignment. After learning how to open a file that is a simple document, you will select text, apply attributes, learn about style, and re-save a document. (15 Points)

Submitting your work:

  1. When completing each task, make sure to save your document to the desktop or your personal storage unit (memory stick, jump or flash drive, etc.)
  2. Click on the underlined word(s) at the top of each assignment. An “email-like” page will display with the number of points possible in the upper left corner.
  3. Find the button, to “Browse My Computer.” Click on that and search for your saved document by searching your storage device.
  4. Once the file name appears on the page, click the Submit Button.
  5. For additional help, please see the EXTRA HELP folder in the CONTENT area called “How to Submit Your Work.”



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