What is Ribbon? Microsoft Word 2007 replaced the drop down menus and many old styled toolbars used in Office 2003 with something called ‘Ribbon’ or ‘Ribbon Menu’. Ribbon is also present in Office 2010.

Ribbon can be understood as a TAB based toolbar. In office 2003, there were fixed toolbars and drop down menus. While in newer versions, there are Tabs like HOME, INSERT, VIEW etc which contain all the features’ buttons and options.

A comparison below, of the old and new interface menus will help you understand the difference.

OLD Word 2003 Interface

1. The toolbar and its visible options remains same, no matter which drop down menu you click.

MS Word Ribbon Interface

2. What happens when you click the ‘INSERT’ button? A drop down Menu appears. And there are further sub menus.

2003 insert menu

Office 2010 Ribbon Interface

The toolbar and the tabs that appear in this image is collectively called the ‘Ribbon’

word 2010 ribbon

By Default Home tab is selected, note the toolbar, there are cut , copy, font color, fill color , font size etc buttons.

What happens when you click Another tab ‘INSERT’ in office 2010

1. The toolbar changes, and new options appear (unlike in the office 2003 interface illustrated above)
2. There are no drop down menus like there were in 2003(see pic above), instead all options are spread across toolbar.

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Interface is the on-screen display that allows you to interact with the program. There are menus, toolbars and panels that contain a variety of options for you to select from. There is a working area where you enter text, pictures etc. All these visible areas and options are the interface of the program that let you utilize various features of that program.

Exploring Word 2010 Interface

Microsoft Word lets you modify the interface according to your needs. It gives you options like turning on some panels or toolbars that you frequently use. Enabling or disabling rulers or grids, showing most frequently used option buttons in the top toolbars etc.

Various parts of the interface have been labelled in the image below. In this lesson we will look at each one of those briefly. Details are in separate lessons.

Word 2010 Interface

  • Quick Access Toolbar- It contains the icons for options that are most frequently used. It allows you to quickly access those icons withouth first selecting a tab in the ribbon and then finding the icon.
  • Ribbon and Tabs- Ribbon is the new style of Menus first introduced in Office 2007. We will look into it in detail in next lesson- Ribbon Interface
  • Title Bar- This is at the top of screen. As the name suggests it contains name of the currently open document/Word File.
  • Scroll bar- It is to move up and down within a document. See pages below, move back up in the document etc. This is usually controlled with mouse or Arrow keys.
  • Status Bar- Contains info on the current page number, total pages, a live word count of the text in the document. Towards the right is Zoom slider to adjust View zoom and many other buttons. We will explore it further in lesson on Customizing status bar.
  • Help, Minimize, Close – These buttons are present at top right corner of screen. Help button launches a microsoft word help window. Minimize button, gets the software off screen and minimizes the window but does not close it.
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Microsoft word is a popular Text/Word Processing software. Simply, a word processor is a computer program that lets users enter text into the computer and edit , format(ex. change text size, modify writing style) , apply designs to that text, print it and perform many other functions.

Microsoft Word

It is used for the creation of reports, letters, memos, resumes, articles and all other kinds of documents that contain text. We can say that it is a successor to typewriter with many advantages like ability to store documents, correct mistakes without the need of overwriting or deletion with a rubber, copy and paste functions etc.

Pre-Requisites of Learning Ms Word 2010 / 2007

It is a very simple to learn software program. This training has been designed for absolute beginners to word processing. In order to benefit from this course, you need to know what a computer is, nothing more. Besides you need to have Microsoft Word installed on your PC.

How To use this Free Course

This course contains lessons on various features of Ms Word. We start with Ms Word Basics and then move on to features and tools, each of which has a separate lesson. The lessons contain step by step guide, have plain easy to understand language, and use screenshots and images to assist you in understanding Microsoft Word. You can access all currently available lessons through the menu on the left. Continuously adding more lessons.

Due to astounding similarity between Ms Word 2007 and Ms Word 2010, this tutorial and its images can be used to learn both Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft word 2010. If you have 2007,you do not need to upgrade to 2010 to be able to benefit from this training.

History of Microsoft Word

First version was released in 1983 and called ‘Multi-tool Word’, it was for Xenix and MS-DOS platforms.
First version of Microsoft Word for Windows OS released in 1989
Word 95 released with the ultra popular Windows 95.
Word 97 in year 1997
Word 98
Word 2000
Word 2002- With package Office XP
Word 2003- As a part of Microsoft Office 2003 pack
Word 2007
Microsoft Word 2010