Microsoft Word 2003 Level 1 Introduction

1 day

Course Overview

Word processing is the use of computers to create, revise, and save documents for printing and future retrieval. This course is the first in a series of three Microsoft® Office Word 2003 courses. It will provide you with the basic concepts required to produce basic business documents.


This course assumes that you are familiar with using personal computers and have used a mouse and keyboard (basic typing skills are recommended). You should be comfortable in the Windows environment and be able to use Windows to manage information on your computer. Specifically, you should be able to launch and close programs; navigate to information stored on the computer; and manage files and folders.


You will create, edit, and enhance standard business documents using Microsoft® Office Word 2003.

Target student

Persons with a basic understanding of Microsoft Windows who need to learn how to use Microsoft® Word 2003 to create, edit, format, lay out, and print standard business documents complete with tables and graphics. This course is intended for persons interested in pursuing Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Microsoft® Word 2003.

What’s next

Word 2003 Level 1 Introduction is the first course in this series. Word 2003 Level 2 Intermediate, the next course in this series, teaches students how to use intermediate features of Word 2002. Students who want to learn advanced features can take Word 2003 Level 3 Advanced.

Course Outline

Creating a Basic Document

  • The Word Environment
  • Get Help Using Word
  • Enter Text
  • Save a New Document
  • Preview a Document
  • Print a Document

Editing a Document

  • Navigate in a Document
  • Insert Text
  • Select Text
  • Create an AutoText Entry
  • Move and Copy Text
  • Delete Blocks of Text
  • Undo Changes
  • Find and Replace Text

Formatting Text

  • Change Font and Size
  • Apply Font Styles and Effects
  • Change Text Color
  • Highlight Text
  • Copy Formats
  • Clear Formatting
  • Find and Replace Text Formatting

Formatting Paragraphs

  • Set Tabs
  • Change Paragraph Alignment
  • Indent Paragraphs
  • Add Borders and Shading
  • Apply Styles
  • Create Lists
  • Change Spacing Between Paragraphs and Lines

Proofing a Document

  • Use the Thesaurus
  • Check Spelling and Grammar
  • Create a New Default Dictionary
  • Check Word Count
  • Modify a Document in Print Preview

Adding Tables

  • Create a Table
  • Enter Data in a Table
  • AutoFormat a Table
  • Convert Text into a Table

Inserting Graphic Elements

  • Insert Symbols and Special Characters
  • Insert a Clip Art Picture
  • Add a Watermark

Controlling Page Appearance

  • Set Page Orientation
  • Change Page Margins
  • Apply a Page Border
  • Add Headers and Footers
  • Insert a Page Break