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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.
The Toolbox and Media Browser are two separate yet similar interface elements for working with document contents and adding media. Let's take a look at them. We will start with the Toolbox. Now there are two ways to display the Toolbox. The most straightforward way is to click the Show or Hide the Toolbox button on the Standard toolbar. That's this one right here. If I click it, it'll display. If I click it again, it'll disappear. But the Toolbox also appears automatically anytime you choose a command that uses the Toolbox interface.
For example, if I pull down View and choose Scrapbook, that displays the Scrapbook pane of the Toolbox or maybe I'll pull down tools and I'll choose Dictionary. In that case what it does is it displays the Dictionary pane. Since my insertion point was near a word, it assumed I wanted to look up that word. So it selected it, and searched for it. The Toolbox has five tabs of options. We've got Style, Citations, Scrapbook, Reference Tools, and Compatibility Report.
We'll be working with most of these tabs in various videos throughout this course. I also explained how to customize the Toolbox in the chapter about customizing Word. The Media Browser makes it easy to add various types of media already stored on your computer to a Word document. To display it, you can choose View > Media Browser or you can press Ctrl+Command+M, or another way to do it is to click the Show or Hide the Media Browser button up here in the toolbar. Click it to hide it or to show it.
The Media Browser has six tabs of options. Photos, Audio, Movies, Clip Art, Symbols, Shapes. You can use the Browser to find content that you want and then insert it into your document. So as you can see, Word is able to look into your iPhoto library to access pictures and videos and insert them into documents. It also works with iTunes and also with Photo Booth to bring in music, movies, or any other content that's compatible with Word.
Now although these two interface elements, the Media Browser and the Toolbox, are very similar, they do have different uses within Word. We'll explore both of them a bit more throughout this course.
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