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In Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training, author Maria Langer shows how to create, format, and print a wide variety of documents in Microsoft Word 2011. The course covers building outlines, formatting text and pages, working with headers and footers, using themes and styles, adding multimedia, and more. It also shows how to customize and automate Word 2011, including how to record macros. Exercise files accompany the course.
To work with Microsoft Word you need to create a new Word document. As we'll see there are several ways to do this. The Document Gallery is the best way to create a document based on a specific template. If it's not already displaying, choose File > New from Template or press Shift+Command+P. Browse through the templates to choose the template that you want to use and select it. So maybe I want to create a calendar. Maybe I want to use this Photo Calendar option here. You could set options in the side here including Color scheme. Maybe I want to go with this Color scheme and a Font scheme.
When you got the settings the way you wanted, click Choose and it creates this new document. In this particular case it has a wizard attached and I can select the month and it will actually change the dates that are in there. Let's open up the Project Gallery again. If you just want to create a plain document, select All, then select Word Document, and then click Choose, and that creates a blank new document. This is based on the Normal template.
So of course, there is a quicker way to create a plain Word Document. Just choose File > New Blank Document or press Command+N. This opens an empty document window. And finally if you like working with toolbar buttons, you may find the Create New Word Document button very helpful. That's this menu right here. It enables you to create a new document for the view that you need to use. Which way is the best way to create a new Word document? It depends on the kind of document you want to create.
If you want to create a document based on a specific template, you really can't beat the Document Gallery, but if you just need to create a quick blank document to start writing, my choice is Command+N. Choose what works best for you.
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