Microsoft Word 2010

Microsoft Word is a widely used commercial word processor designed by Microsoft. Microsoft Word is a component of the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software, but can also be purchased as a stand-alone product. 

It was initially launched in 1983 and has since been revised numerous times. Microsoft Word is available on both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

Microsoft Word is often called simply Word or MS Word.

In 1981, Microsoft hired Charles Simonyi to develop a word-processing application. The first version was released in 1983. It was not initially popular, owing to its radically different look compared to WordPerfect, the leading word processor at that time. However, Microsoft improved Word continually over the years, including a 1985 version that could run on a Mac. 1987 brought about the second major release of Word, which included an upgrade of major features in addition to new functionalities such as support for the rich text format (RTF). 

In 1995, with the release of Windows 95 and Office 95, which offered a bundled set of office productivity software, sales of Microsoft Word increased significantly. 

Microsoft Word offers several features to ease document creation and editing, including:

  • WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) display: It ensures that everything you see on screen will appear the same way when printed or moved to another format or program.
  • Spell check: Word comes with a built-in dictionary for spell checking; misspelled words are marked with a red squiggly underline. Sometimes, Word auto-corrects an obviously misspelled word or phrase.
  • Text-level features such as bold, underline, italic and strike-through
  • Page-level features such as indentation, paragraphing and justification
  • External support: Word is compatible with many other programs, the most common being the other members of the Office suite.

The default file format was .doc prior to the Microsoft Word 2007 version; in 2007, .docx became the default file format.




Create accessible Word documents

Create Word 2010 documents that are more accessible to people with disabilities. Learn how to format your document using Styles, add alternative text to images, and other tips to make your document easier for users and assistive technologies to navigate.

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Create your first Word document II

Part two of the “Create your first Word 2010 document” series for those who are new to Word. Learn to move around in the document, use formatting marks, move text by using Cut and Paste, and change line spacing and alignment in Word 2010.

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Office 2010 Security: Protecting your files

In Microsoft Office 2010, when files open, Message Bars can alert you to useful information and potential problems with your files. Security Message Bars provide the opportunity to consider the potential security risks that may be in your file, and then the ability to open or read the file while reducing the risks that can occur.

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Word 2010 keyboard shortcuts

Learn Word 2010 keyboard shortcuts. Find out how to access almost any button using the ALT key. And, learn handy shortcuts that use the CTRL key.

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Word 2010 tips and tricks

You’ve created tons of Word documents. But perhaps you need some timesaving techniques to help you work faster. This short course will do just that: give you tips and tricks for working with Word 2010.

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Create and customize a table of contents

Create a table of contents (TOC) in Word 2010. Prepare document headings so that Word will generate the TOC automatically, and customize the look and settings for the TOC.

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Create visually compelling documents in Word 2010

Effective documents convey important information in a well-designed way — and Word 2010 offers several options to assist you in designing your information so that it really stands out. In this course, we’ll show you how to be your own graphic designer and get your text and images noticed.

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Get control of page numbers, headers, and footers

Get a solid grasp on how to create and control headers and footers—including page numbers, text, and images–in Word 2010.