This is a free course offered as part of the Saylor Foundation's Professional Development program. 'This program is designed especially for adult learners who are ready to learn and apply skills demanded by today’s employers. Whether you are new to the employment world or wish to develop and improve your workplace skills, you will be able to select short-term courses targeted to your success.'
'This course is designed for the novice who has little or no word processing experience. The course provides an introduction to word processing. You will explore word processing skills while also learning to create a basic business letter and a business memo. Although the resources in this course use Microsoft Word 2010, it should be noted that all of the basic skills and tasks that you will be asked can be done on any word processing program. If you stay flexible enough in your own word processing program to search out the commands and icons on whatever software you are using, you will succeed. The most current version of Microsoft Word was selected, because it would be most beneficial to the job seeker. In addition most colleges, universities, and some public libraries are using a newer version of Word. You can complete this course using any word processing software, but if you are using an older version of Word, you may also want to seek out a resource where you can interact with the newer version after you have mastered the information presented here.
This course will introduce you to the Home ribbon and File ribbon. A “ribbon” is the new toolbar interface introduced by Microsoft with its release of Office 2007. Ribbons are also called tabs. Commands are now presented horizontally along the top of the application window instead of from a drop-down menu. The tools within each ribbon are put into different “groupings” based on functionality. The grouping is often set off by a small line or border, and the name of the grouping can be seen near the bottom of the ribbon. Some ribbons/tabs appear only when certain objects are used or selected. These ribbons pertain directly to that object only. For example, a Picture Tool Format ribbon will appear once a graphic has been inserted through the Insert ribbon.
The Home ribbon and the File ribbon are the most commonly used. You will work with these ribbons and commands from the Font and Paragraph groupings to create a block style business letter and a block style business memo. You will also learn how to add and delete commands from the Quick Access Toolbar that sits above the ribbons at the very top left of the Word window. This horizontal toolbar is slightly different from a ribbon and is easy to customize.'