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Introduction to Word
Part 1: Opening Word
 More of this Feature
• Part 2: The Toolbars
• Part 3: The Task Pane
• Part 4: The Status Bar
 Related Terms
• Toolbar
• Task Pane
• Status Bar
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• Screen Elements Guide

When you open Word by clicking on the icon on the Windows program bar or by clicking on the desktop icon (if you have one), a new document is opened. The default name for new documents is Document1; for each additional document you open, the number increases by one. If you start Word by clicking on a document on your hard drive or removable media, Word will open automatically and the document will be displayed in the document area.

There are four or five main components of the Word window, depending on which version you are using and how the program is setup: The window frame, featuring the same control buttons as most other Windows program,

the toolbars and menubar, both of which normally appear at the top, just below the window’s title bar, and the status bar at the bottom of the window. The document area occupies most of the window and is located in the center of the window. Further, if the option is selected, there will be a taskpane down the right hand side of the window. The functions of the components are as follows:

  • The window frame allows you to move, minimize, resize, or close the window.
  • The menubars and toolbars allow you to execute commands, make changes to the document setup, specific elements within the workspace, or to change default options for the way the program appears and responds to input.
  • The document area is where you enter text or insert graphics, tables, and/or charts.
  • The taskpane is a new feature that allows you to open recently used documents, create templates, or access network places or help files.

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