Tutorials, How-To Videos and Documents

We have looked at the terminology associated with basic word processing and are now ready to look at more specific how-to’s. Below are links to step-by-step tutorials from the Microsoft Website that explain common word processing tasks and provide instructions and tips for performing these functions in the most efficient manner. The links below will take you through the Word Processing cycle we learned about at the beginning of this lesson and then give you additional, more advanced features and functions that may be of interest to you. The tutorials are either text or video based and all demonstrate tasks in Microsoft Word 2010 — our campus standard at Broome Community College.

Note: The tutorials and documents listed below are only a small percentage of the complete set of the series available on the Microsoft site. To access all available Microsoft Office training materials, please visit Microsoft’s site at:


Links to Microsoft Word 2010 Tutorials and Documents

Word for New Users

If you are new to Microsoft Word and word processing applications in general, this is definitely where you should begin your journey into the world of document creation. The link to the article above will give you a nice overview of how to launch the Microsoft Word application and show you the basics of the interface and available options.

Creating Your First Word Document I

This link will take you to a self-paced course that covers the basics of document creation in Word. The lesson will show you how to type text on the page, check for spelling and grammar errors, change the margins and add some basic formatting. It concludes with instructions on saving, printing and closing the document that you create.

Creating Your First Word Document II

Part 2 of the “Creating Your First Word Document” lesson will continue and expand upon the concepts learned in Part 1. Concepts such as using cut and paste to move text, changing line spacing and alignment, exploring available formatting marks and undoing your last actions will be covered.

Using the Format Painter

The format painter is a Microsoft Word tool that can be used to quickly and easily copy the formatting from one area of text and apply the same formatting elsewhere. This document will give you step-by-step instructions for using this powerful tool.

Working with Images (Inserting a Picture or Clip Art)

Images can be added to a document from a number of different sources. This article will show you how to insert an image from the clip art gallery, from the Web, and from a file. The article also contains an introduction to positioning the image with respect to text and other items on the page.

Add or Remove Headers, Footers or Page Numbers

This article will give you the basics of adding and formatting page numbers and working with headers and footers.

Setting and Clearing Tab Stops

There are several different types of tabs that can be set in Microsoft Word. This document will give you an overview of each type and provide instructions for how the tabs are set and formatted.

Using Mail Merge

Mail merge is used to create a document or item for each item on an existing list. For example, you might use mail merge to create a mailing label for each contact that you have in a spreadsheet. Mail merge can also be used to create form letters and other documents as well. This article will walk you through the mail merge process and give examples of the types of data that can be merged. Note: You will not have access to the Outlook contact list that is given as an example in the article. If you would like to practice the mail merge process, follow the instructions for using a Microsoft Excel file or by creating a new data source in Word.

Word 2010 Tips and Tricks

This course will give you a few time-saving techniques that you can use when working with Microsoft Word.

Word 2010 Keyboard Shortcuts

Using the keyboard rather than menus or toolbars can be a real time-saver. This course will introduce you to the shortcut keyboard combinations that you can use to carry out commonly performed tasks.