Unit 2: Creating and Formatting Documents
In this unit, we explore how to use Microsoft Word and Google Docs to create new documents and documents based on templates. We review the different commands used to format documents, and introduce options for saving and printing documents. As with the previous unit, we encourage you to open up your version of Microsoft Word or Google Docs to follow along with the tutorials. This will help you learn as you practice creating and formatting documents.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 2 hours.
2.1: Creating Documents
Now that we have looked into the basic Microsoft Word and Google Docs environment, let's explore how to create a new document. In this section we demonstrate how to use commands to change the font style, such as bold, italics, and underline, and how to save and print your work. We also discuss how you can use themes and colors to change the overall look of your document.
2.2 Using and Creating Document Templates
A template is a pre-designed document you can use as a starting point to create your own document. When you open the template, the fonts, styles, margins, and paragraph settings are already set. For example, one template might include all the formatting elements of a standard business letter, which you would then modify to fit your needs. You can also create your own templates to use later, such as when you need to create the same kind of document over and over.
2.3 Basic Tools
Let's dive in and look at several ways to save and print a document, some simple editing tools, how to insert and resize an image, and how to share documents with Google Docs. Microsoft Word and Google Docs make it easy to create and edit documents that look professional and are easy to read.
Note that while some of these videos present commands or features of Google Docs or Microsoft Word, both programs share most of these same basic commands.
2.4. Basic Formatting Commands
Formatting refers to the appearance of a document. A confusing layout can be frustrating to read and difficult to understand. Documents that are organized and properly formatted are not only easier to read, but you probably want to highlight the data and information you want your audience to see clearly. For example, you may want to showcase how you and your team were able to achieve a difficult sales goal. In this section, we demonstrate how to use Microsoft Word and Google Docs to format documents as you want them to appear.
As we noted in the previous section, while some of these videos present commands or features of Google Docs or Microsoft Word, both programs share most of these same basic commands.