Learn how to create a new document using the blank template and add some simple text. Then you will know how to save your document while choosing names, locations (including the cloud), and formats.
- [Narrator] At some point you are going to use Microsoft Word to create a new document. Could be a new document you create from scratch or you may want a little help by using a template. That's what we are going to explore in this movie. If you are like me and you closed up anything you were working on, you're left with this fairly empty screen. We're ready now to go up to the File tab, give that a click, and select New. This is where we see a list of suggested, or featured, templates, including the default, the very first one, "Blank document".
This will create a single blank page ready for you to start creating. But if you want to get a head start, there are some other templates here as well. You'll see as you scroll down the featured templates things like resumes, you'll see reports, letters, blog posts, and so on. Now this is just a handful of templates. There are actually hundreds and even thousands that you can choose from online by using the search field at the top or "Suggested searches" if you want to go to any of these categories like Business, you wanna create a greeting card, for example.
There's Event, Education, Letters, Flyers, and Holiday even. But, you can narrow it down by clicking here on the search field and simply typing. For example, if you wanted to create a resume, you could just type that in. When you press enter, you are going to see a list of templates that you can choose from here in the middle of our screen by scrolling down. But you can also go to categories here to narrow it down. You can see "Resumes and Cover Letters". There's 66. But if you want to narrow it down to education, for example, well you are gonna see things like "Teacher resumes", "Entry-level resume", et cetera.
And at any time we can click the back arrow to go back to our featured templates. If you wanna start from scratch, you'll choose "Blank document". Let's go ahead and click "Blank document". This gets us started with an empty sheet of paper. We can scroll down to see the entire page is empty. There are some defaults though set up for you. For example, you can see your flashing cursor is about an inch down from the top and an inch in from the left. Those are the default margins on a new blank document, one inch all the way around.
We're ready now to start typing where the cursor is flashing. Let's go ahead and type something like "Tech Connect." And you can press enter. Notice it drops you down what appears to be two lines. Because it's the end of the paragraph, automatically, Word is inserting an extra blank line there. And we're ready to type the next paragraph. Take a look at the very top of your screen in what's called the Title bar. You are going to see "Document" and a number here, like "Document 1." That's your hint that what you've done so far in you document has not been saved.
And when you save your changes, and give your document a name, that name will appear at the top in the Title bar. So let's go up to File, and from here you'll see two options: "Save" and "Save As". "Save" is really just update. Once you've saved your document and started making additional changes to it, clicking "Save" will update the document with those changes. "Save As" however gives you opportunities to choose a location, a file name, et cetera.
So if you haven't saved your document yet, and we haven't, clicking save will actually take you to "Save As". Go ahead and click either one. It's gonna open up "Save As" and from here you can see we can go to recent folders, we can browse to a location, select one of the services we might be connected to. Your list will appear different than mine. Let's go to "Browse" to open up the Save As dialogue. And here's where we get to choose exactly where we want to put this. I'm gonna scroll up here on the left-hand side and select the Desktop.
The only thing there right now is my Exercise Files folder. Notice down below in the File name field that the name has already been added for you, "Tech Connect", based on what we typed in the first line. But we can change that of course. Let's take out the space between "Tech" and "Connect". So click once to get in there. Click again exactly where you want to make the changes, backspacing over that space. I'm gonna click after "TechConnect" and add some numbers here like "0102", for example. And you can see it's gonna be saved as a Word document.
Click this dropdown to see the different formats you can save to, like older Word formats. Could be Macro-enabled documents. You can save to PDF. You can save to Text formats like Rich Text and Plain Text, XML formats, lots to choose from. The default is Word document. The extension will be ".docx". That is the newest format that's been around for quite some time. So click and save is going to update the file, save it with the name that we've entered in the File name field in the location we selected, in our case, the Desktop.
And we now know that it's been saved. We see the name up here on our Title bar. We're ready to continue making changes. Let's turn on the Caps lock key and type in the following: "Connecting you to the latest technology and insider insights" like so. Press enter. Now we've made changes. When we go up to File and click save, we won't be prompted with the Save As dialogue.
It'll simply update those changes. Another option is to go to the Quick Access Toolbar. Up here in the top left corner you'll see the save icon and it reveals a keyboard shortcut. Control+S is the keyboard shortcut for saving or updating your file. Clicking this or using control+S will ensure that everything you've done to this point is updated and saved in you are safe to close. Let's try it. When we go up to File and choose "Close", we should not be prompted to save any changes because everything has been updated.
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