Microsoft Word Tutorial for Absolute Beginners

Microsoft Word interface

When you open Word for the first time, you can see the Start Screen. From here, you’ll be able to create a new document or choose from many available templates, or to get access your recently edited documents.

Action: On the Start Screen, locate and select Blank document to access the Word interface (see highlighted on the screen below).

Working with the Word interface

Microsoft Word 2016 continues to use features like the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar—where you will find commands to perform common tasks in Word—as well as Backstage view.


Microsoft Word uses a Ribbon interface instead of traditional menus. The Ribbon contains multiple tabs, with key functions, which you can find near the top of the Word window. Tabs represent key functions user can using Word: File, Home, Insert, Design, Layout, References, Mailings, Review, View and Help:

You can expand information in each group by clicking “small arrow”.

Once you click on the small arrow you will see additional information on related group (below example captures additional information on the font group)

Users can zoom in and zoom out the document, using controls in the bottom right corner. User can click plus or minus buttons or drag the slider to change the zoom

User can switch between different views of the document by using controls to the left of the zoom interface:

  • Read Mode
  • Print Layout
  • Web Layout

Copy, Cut and Paste Text

To perform any operations you need to select text first

Once text is selected click Copy function in Clipboard group on the ribbon

To Cut text click Cut function in Clipboard group on the ribbon

After copy is completed you can paste the text by putting cursor into the new place and clicking Paste button

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