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Part I. The Big Picture > Chapter 1. Word Overview - Pg. 3

Word Overview 1 You can find a better program to perform almost any single function that Word offers. Excel is better at graphs and expressions, Illustrator is better for creating images, and many programs are better for creating web pages. However, it's hard to find another program that offers as much broad-ranging utility as Word. To start with, it's certainly good at word processing, a phrase that means a lot more today than it did just a few years ago. Word provides professionally designed tem- plates for creating business and personal letters, proposals, reports, newsletters, fly- ers, and even brochures. Layout and formatting tools are better than ever. Word can also create drawings, tables, HTML, forms, and even custom programs. And that's really the design philosophy behind Word. It is a tool that is meant to put a host of different features into the hands of people who mainly need to do simple word processing, but also need extra features occasionally. This chapter is like an information desk for the rest of the book. It examines the Word interface in general and briefly shows how to type, edit, and format docu- ments. It also includes a task list that covers the common uses and keyboard short- cuts for all of the Word menus and shows you where in the book to go for more detail. The Word Interface At first glance, you won't notice many significant changes in Word 2000 from pre- vious versions of Word. Aside from the fact that the default setting now combines the Standard and Formatting toolbars on a single line, it's difficult even to tell whether you are running Word 2000 or Word 97. One very significant change in Word 2000 becomes obvious when you open more than one document. Word now boasts a single document interface (SDI), in which each open document has its own window completely separate from other documents (Figure 1-1). Each document also appears on the taskbar as a separate button. Switch between documents with the Window menu (in any of the open documents) and by clicking the taskbar buttons. 3