Word 2011 for Mac: Your Guide to Conquering the Basics

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Once again, the online learning pros at CustomGuide have contributed a concise, skill-set-expanding resource to the IT Downloads library. This time, CustomGuide tackles the new and improved features packed into the Mac-centric version of Microsoft Word 2011.


Just like the newest version of Excel 2011 for Mac, Word 2011 now includes the "ribbon" interface, carried over from the PC platform. As I've gotten used to it, and as Microsoft has refined it, I've grown to like it. It really puts all your commonly used tools and commands right where you want them and at the right time in your workflow.


CustomGuide's quick reference gives you a great overview of all the basics of working with the program, whether you're a newbie or a veteran. No matter your degree familiarity, the two-page "cheat sheet," available for free in IT Downloads, arms you with functional knowledge that puts you to work in little time. It covers:

  • Keyboard shortcuts for opening, saving, printing and closing documents
  • Creating new blank documents
  • Applying templates
  • Changing the toolbox tools
  • Formatting text
  • Choosing Media Browser objects
  • Adding clip art and inserting shapes
  • Performing mail merges

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