Microsoft Word 2013 Level 1

In Word 2013 Level 1 students will learn all the basics of creating, editing and formatting documents in this powerful word processing software. Topics covered include editing and formatting text, creating and inserting tables, inserting headers and footers, adding graphics and clip art, and proofing, printing and exporting documents.

Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to:

  • Navigate a document and select text by using both the keyboard and mouse

  • Create and save a document

  • Insert and delete text

  • Insert the date

  • Insert symbols and special characters

  • Cut, copy and paste text

  • Use Find and Replace

  • Apply character formatting

  • Align text by using tabs

  • Add borders

  • Use bullets and shading

  • Change paragraph indents, line spacing and paragraph spacing

  • Create tables and convert text to tables

  • Format a table

  • Add headers and footers to a document

  • Set and change margins of a document

  • Set text flow options

  • Insert and modify graphics and clip art

  • Use AutoCorrect to insert text automatically

  • Create PDF and XPS Documents

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Getting Started

  • Use the elements of a Word window

  • Create and save documents

  • Adjust document magnification

  • Split a window

  • Navigate a document and select text by using the keyboard and mouse

Lesson 2: Editing Text

  • Insert and delete text

  • Insert the date and time

  • Insert a symbol

  • Insert a hyperlink

  • Use the Undo and Redo commands

  • Cut, copy and paste text

  • Using various paste options

  • Using Find and Replace

  • Find objects by type

Lesson 3: Formatting Text

  • Change the appearance of text by applying character formatting

  • Use the Format Painter to repeat formatting

  • Setting tabs

  • Setting custom tab stops

  • Adding tab leaders

  • Changing paragraph alignment

  • Applying borders and shading

  • Adding and editing bulleted and numbered lists

  • Defining paragraph spacing and indents

Lesson 4: Tables

  • Create and insert tables

  • converting text to tables

  • Using tables to control page layout

  • Drawing a table

  • Adding text to a table

  • Setting character and paragraph formatting in a table

  • Adding and deleting rows and columns

  • Resizing column and row width and height

  • Aligning a table

  • Splitting and combining cells

Lesson 5: Page Layout

  • Creating headers and footers

  • Inserting and editing page numbers

  • Setting margins

  • Adjusting margins in Print Layout view

  • Changing margins and page orientation

  • Applying text flow options

  • Adding and deleting page breaks

Lesson 6: Graphics

  • Inserting a graphic

  • Resizing and cropping graphics

  • Positioning and rotating a graphic

  • Making picture adjustments

  • Changing picture styles

Lesson 7: Proofing, Printing and Exporting

  • Proofing a document using the spelling and grammar tools

  • Changing the default dictionary

  • Setting proofing options

  • Using the Research task pane

  • Using AutoCorrect

  • Adding and AutoCorrect entry

  • Setting print options

  • Saving a file as a PDF or XPS

  • Converting a PDF to a Word document


This course is designed for users who need to learn the fundamental skills needed to create, format, edit and enhance basic documents.

To be successful in this course, students should have a basic understanding of the Windows operating system, including how to launch an application and create and save files.