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Creating and Opening Documents in Microsoft Word

Word lets you begin working in documents in two ways: by typing into a new, blank document, or by opening an existing document. New and Open commands are reached, using the mouse method of navigating, by clicking the File Ribbon Tab first.

When you open a document, Word places a document that was previously saved to disk in a document window. If another document is already open when you start or open a document, Word opens an additional document window and places the newly opened document on top of the previous one. The document on top becomes the current document. Using the Windows navigation status bar, at the foot of the screen, you can switch between open Word documents (open windows) just like you switch between different programmes.


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The File Tab


Navigating Open documents on the Status Bar

For each document open, although they are overlaid so only one is visible, there is an icon on the status Bar. If you click the different icons on the status bar you can quickly switch between open documents.

Word Status Bar

To open a document, you first need to access the Open dialog box, illustrated in Figure 1-3. This dialog box enables you to specify the filename, as well as the name of the folder, or organizational location on your disk, in which the file is saved.


Open Dialog Box



Method

To create a new document:

  1. Click the File Tab Ribbon and then click the New option.
  2. This opens the Available Templates dialog box.
  3. Note: There are other ways to start Word from Windows. If necessary, follow your instructor’s directions to start the programme.

     

    MS Word templates


  4. This opens the Available Templates dialog box.

To open an existing document:

  1. Click the File Tab Ribbon and then click the Open button. Select Recent Documents or Computer.
  2. In the Open dialog box, in the Look in drop-down list box, make sure the desired folder is displayed.
  3. In the Files of type drop-down list, make sure Word Documents is selected.
  4. From the filename list box, select the desired file.
  5. Choose Open.

List of recent docs in Word


To switch between open documents:

 

  1. Use the status bar to select open documents' individual icons.

 

Exercise

In the following exercise, you will create and open documents.

  1. Click the File Ribbon Tab and then click New. [A new document window opens, and a blank document is displayed. Document2 appears in the title bar].
  2. Click the File Ribbon Tab and then click the Open button. [The Open dialog box appears].
  3. In the Open dialog box, in the Look in drop-down list box, make sure the Data folder is displayed. [A list of the filenames in the Data folder appears in the filename list box].
  4. In the Files of type drop-down list, make sure Word Documents is selected. [Filenames of Word documents are displayed in the filename list box].
  5. From the filename list box, scroll down and select Regional Information.
  6. Choose Open. [The document opens, and the filename Regional Information appears in the title bar].
  7. On the Windows status bar click to choose (view) Document2. [The document window containing Document2 is displayed].
  8. On the Windows status bar click to choose (view) Regional Information. [The document window containing Regional Information is displayed].



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