Microcomputer Software Packages
September 27, 2000
Word 2000 Features
While you may think that you know all there is to know about using Microsoft
Word 2000 , you may be surprised to find out otherwise. Many people feel that
every word-processing program is the same. In both professional and academic
environments, you will be required to type reports, memos, etc. As a student and
a business professional, it helps to know shortcuts and various ways of
formatting and navigating through a word document. As shown in The Shelly
Cashman Series for Microsoft Word 2000 Introduction there are various
ways to format documents effectively.
The book gave illustrative instructions on various formatting functions such
as creating italicized words, using different fonts, paragraph formats, line
spacing, auto correct feature, and the insertion of symbols. With all of the
features discussed it would be impossible to describe all of them in one paper.
I personally found many of these features to be new shortcuts for myself as well
as a great learning experience.
For example, Word provides an AutoCorrect feature that automatically corrects
such errors as grammar, capitalization, and spelling. These errors are corrected
as we type them into a document . With this feature, even the worst English
students can write a decent paper. Many people often rely on the auto correct
feature, which sometimes can be misleading. I say this because the auto correct
feature is not foolproof meaning that it does not recognizes every mistake made
by the person typing the document.
Another feature in which I had learned from a previous computer class was the
procedure for inserting symbols into a document. I had gone through high school
and college not aware that Word was capable of inserting symbols into a
document. I had always received credit off of papers for failing to input the
copyright or trademark symbols when needed. With Word 200 you can insert many
symbols into a document such as a trademark symbol, copyright symbol, and even a
smiley face. These symbols can be created by typing various formulas of
characters and letters. Some symbols can even be inserted by clicking Insert on
the menu bar, clicking symbol, clicking special characters tab, clicking the
desired symbol, then clicking the insert button. Again, there is usually a few
different ways to format items in Word but it is what you prefer when it comes
down to the bottom line.
In conclusion, we can see that Word is a unique and complex application that
requires much training to completely understand. Improvements are continuously
being made and software is becoming outdated quicker than ever before. With the
basic knowledge of Word and understanding of a computer you can learn a lot. The
best way to learn is to explore your computer and explore the features that Word
has to offer. With the shortcuts that I have learned I can honestly say that I
can be a much more efficient and productive employee and student.