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Part I: Everyday Word Processing > Getting Started in Word

Chapter 2. Getting Started in Word

  • Start and exit Word 97

    Click the Start button or choose a document file from Windows Explorer to start Word 97. Exit by using menu commands or clicking the Close button.

  • Choose commands and select from dialog boxes

    Some commands execute when selected from a menu, while others don't execute until you choose OK from a dialog box. Commands that are followed by an ellipsis (…) require additional information entered in a dialog box.

  • Operate Word 97 from the keyboard or mouse

    Press Alt followed by the underlined letter to choose commands with the keyboard. Most actions, however, are significantly easier using the mouse.

  • Manipulate windows

    Multiple applications can be run in Windows, and multiple documents can be open while you are in Word 97.

The basics of using Word 97 are the same for using any other Windows program. If you are familiar with another Windows application, such as Microsoft Excel, you may not need to read this "basics" chapter (or perhaps a quick scan is all you need). If you are a new Windows user, however, you will find this chapter important for two reasons: you will become comfortable navigating Word 97, and you will have a head start on the next Windows program you learn.


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