Microsoft Word Essentials

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Microsof Word Essentials I have a huge library of great courses and this one is in my top 10! It was just right for my level of education with these products and on a scale from 1-10 I am a 2! I know there are a lot of 50 somethings out there that are in the same boat. I love the jokes and chat otherwise for me this topic would be so dry!!! Also when they are joking around it give me a few seconds to catch up with them, find what they were just talking about, take in the lesson. Otherwise, they would go too fast for me. I completely understand why someone would dislike this class. If you have a little more knowledge, it would be hard to listen through the basics because you know it already. But for those who do not have much skill like me, this is perfect. I feel like a door that had been shut is now open for me. I am now in the club so to speak of all those who know this stuff. I don't feel ignorant or dependent on others to do things in Word. I can now do them myself! They can't fool me anymore. I am in on the tricks. That makes me feel pretty good. Thank you Vonne!! PS The ONLY way to take this class is watch the VIDEO on one device while you are following along with the examples on another device. I used by phone to watch and my computer to "do" what she was doing at the same time.
Date published: 2021-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from WORST of 21 Great Courses I have purchased Pedagogically, this is the poorest GREAT COURSES offering of 21 exemplary series I have purchased. Worst technology support course I have ever experienced organizationally and visually! There is no inclusion of print information, except for simple images of the keyboard. Presenters make irrelevant jokes that do not reinforce the material. Their laughter disrupts the message.
Date published: 2021-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Microsoft Word Essentials As a professor, I am focused on material and delivery of the material. This course is useful and filled with great tips on using Word. The lecturer and her assistant waste a lot of time with silly repartee and jokes that take the emphasis off the lecture. Therefore, the instruction is muddled in many places and rambles. Obviously, the lecturer is gifted in her knowledge of the subject. But in order to deliver a coherent message, she needs to use humor judiciously.
Date published: 2021-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not great The course provided me useful tips for using Microsoft WORD. The instructor has knowledge and experience. However, I do not understand the need of having (besides the instructor) a host, who most of the times only distracts.
Date published: 2021-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for Refreshing Knowledge I don't agree with the other reviewers. If you are, at least, basically knowledgable about a word processing program, then this is for you. I have been using Word on/off for several years and wanted to refresh my knowledge before I started working again. I do think a host is not needed in this, however Vonne Smith is an excellent instructor. I don't think she needs to read from a teleprompter. She speaks well and makes it entertaining. If she were reading from a teleprompter would be so boring.
Date published: 2020-11-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing What a disappointment! I have only watched the first five topics so far and am finding it hard going. The presentation is reminiscent of a chat show with co hosts and there is a lot of inane chatter and laughter with lots of interruptions. They even refer to it as a 'show'. To make matters worse there is a small video in the foreground that shows the presenter/s and the Word document is in the background. The Word document is out of focus and blurry. I'm learning very little.
Date published: 2020-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Info, Poor Presentation Vonne does a great job in presenting the nuances of the software, but there is 2 things I do not like. First, get rid of the 2nd person. The chit-chat is a waste of time. Second, show the full image of the software interface whenever it is being discussed specifically. There is no reason why we must see the presenter as she speaks, unless it concerns a general subject. Remember, many people watch these videos on small screens, such as phones, so it helps to display a full image of the software as it is being discussed. I would also like to add that it would be better if the presenter were reading from a teleprompter, so that time is not wasted when the presenter must correct herself. Present it like a lecture as the other Great Courses are presented.
Date published: 2020-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Professor Smith is knowledgeable enough, however, her constant silly giggles and motions make the presentation almost painful to watch. Her co-host contributes to, instead of diminishing her immature antics.
Date published: 2020-10-25
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Microsoft Word Essentials
Course Trailer
1: Overview

As one of the cornerstones of the Office suite, Word 2016 is a powerful word processor that allows users to create both simple and sophisticated documents. This series explores the essentials to getting started with Word 2016. We begin with basic skills such as navigating a document, selecting text, inputting basic text, and document proofing. The series also explores all aspects of character and paragraph formatting as well as page formatting and layout. While this series is designed for beginner users, it has lots of great tips and tricks experienced users as well. This series is specifically for locally installed Word 2016 on Windows operating system.

7 min
Introduction to Word
2: Introduction to Word

In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne introduce the Microsoft Word 2016 application. Vonne describes the product’s history, how to purchase and install, as well as her setup of the Word 2016 Essentials show. This provides some background information and context for the upcoming episodes.

20 min
Word Basics
3: Word Basics

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate and explain the basic functionality of the Word 2016 application. Here you will learn foundational options like opening/closing the program, opening a new/existing file, minimize/maximize/restore, working with multiple files, save vs. save as, and keyboard layouts.

31 min
Word Interface
4: Word Interface

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore the Word 2016 interface. They identify items such as the title bar, menu bar, ribbon, contextual tabs, quick access toolbar, status bar, views, zoom, and help. They also demonstrate how to customize the quick access toolbar.

27 min
Document Views and Zoom
5: Document Views and Zoom

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate the different document views and zoom options available in Word 2016. Here you will see how to work with the read mode, web layout, outline, draft, and print layout views. They also cover single and multi-page view, the ruler, and zoom functions.

22 min
Navigate a Document
6: Navigate a Document

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne illustrate one of the core Microsoft Word 2016 foundations – navigating a document. They explain the different mouse cursor icons that you'll encounter, show keyboard navigation shortcuts, explore the navigation pane, and discuss status bar options.

23 min
Select Text
7: Select Text

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore the many ways that you can select text in Word 2016. Vonne demonstrates selecting text using both the mouse and keyboard to select words, paragraphs, ranges, and the entire document.

18 min
Input Text and Special Characters
8: Input Text and Special Characters

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate how to input text and explain special characters in Word 2016. They talk about adding basic text like letters, numbers, and symbols like \*/%/@. They also explain the difference between backspace and delete, paragraphs and line-breaks, and tabs. Finally, they explain the show non-printing characters button’s function and dive into some history about different character sets.

31 min
AutoCorrect Options
9: AutoCorrect Options

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne take a look at our well-intentioned friend known as AutoCorrect found in Word 2016. Watch as they show you AutoCorrect features like automatic formatting of lists, bullets, URLs, ordinals and fractions. They also demonstrate how Word fixes capitalization, common spelling mistakes, and a variety of other items.

25 min
Cut, Copy, and Paste
10: Cut, Copy, and Paste

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne introduce you to the revered options of cut, copy, and paste in Word 2016. They will explain the difference between cut and copy, cut/copy from within the same document, copying from websites, and copying from PDFs and other file types. They will also discuss the different paste options for matching source, matching destination, and other options that arise from specific content.

21 min
Find and Replace
11: Find and Replace

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne continue with Word 2016 Essentials by exploring the find and replace functionality. They show you how to find desired text, the find dialog-box options, replace found text with desired text, replace formatting, and replacing special/non-printing characters.

25 min
Proof and Print
12: Proof and Print

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explain proof and print functions. They cover topics such as spelling and grammar correction, readability options, thesaurus, and Smart Lookup. They also explain the different options for printing and introduce page setup functionality.

28 min
Character Formatting
13: Character Formatting

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore character formatting in Microsoft Word 2016. Specific topics covered here include: defining character formatting, fonts, typographical emphasis, change case, superscripts and subscripts, highlighter, font color, letter spacing, and clear formatting.

35 min
Paragraph Formatting
14: Paragraph Formatting

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore paragraph formatting in Microsoft Word 2016. Specific topics covered here include: paragraph alignment/justification, line and paragraph spacing, normal paragraph style, indents, borders and shading, drop caps, and hyphenation.

32 min
Format Painter
15: Format Painter

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate the format painter that copies formatting from one selection to another.

12 min
16: Lists

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore working with lists in Microsoft Word 2016. Specific topics covered here include: bulleted lists, format bullet characters, size, color, and spacing, numbered lists, multi-level lists, continue numbering, and remove or stop lists.

24 min
17: Tabs

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore working with tabs in Microsoft Word 2016. They demonstrate how tabs work by default in Word, then how to add, remove, move, and format tab stops.

31 min
Styles: Introduction
18: Styles: Introduction

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne introduce working with styles in Microsoft Word 2016. They discuss the importance of using styles, identify types of default styles including the normal paragraph style, indicate style overrides and created styles, and show the location of different style panes for more options.

24 min
Styles: Apply
19: Styles: Apply

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne continue to explore styles in Microsoft Word 2016. They show how to apply default styles from the style gallery, then how to modify styles and update style to match selected formatting. They also demonstrate how to create a new custom style as well as clear overrides.

22 min
Style Sets and Themes
20: Style Sets and Themes

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate style sets and themes in Microsoft Word 2016. They review the different style sets, paragraph spacing styles, and how to modify the components of a theme.

13 min
Keep Options, Breaks, and Columns, Part 1
21: Keep Options, Breaks, and Columns, Part 1

In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne dive into the different elements of keep options (pagination options), breaks and columns. Vonne demonstrates the different pagination options in the format paragraph dialog box such as widow and orphan control, keep lines together, and keep with next. She also describes the importance of section and page breaks to control page layout options. Lastly, they explore formatting pages/sections in columns and column breaks.

28 min
Keep Options, Breaks, and Columns, Part 2
22: Keep Options, Breaks, and Columns, Part 2

In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne continue with more page layout options by demonstrating how to insert blank pages and a cover page. They explore how a cover page use document fields connected to defined document properties, if present, as well as formatting content generated by the cover page.

13 min
Margins, Headers, and Footers, Part 1
23: Margins, Headers, and Footers, Part 1

In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne dive into working with margins. Vonne shows how to control margins using preset options, individual adjustments in the dialog box, and the ruler. She also shows how to add headers and footers and explore the different options of different first page, even / odd pages, and link to previous.

32 min
Margins, Headers, and Footers, Part 2
24: Margins, Headers, and Footers, Part 2

In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne continue working with header and footers by adding page numbers. Vonne demonstrates how to renumber pages for different sections as well as how to use the chapter page numbering options.

23 min
Orientation and Decoration
25: Orientation and Decoration

In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne show how to apply additional page formatting elements. Vonne begins with demonstrating the difference between portrait and landscape orientation. She continues with demonstrating page color and borders, vertical justification, watermarks, and line numbers.

30 min
Vonne Smith

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About Vonne Smith

Vonne Smith is a University of Florida faculty member and has been teaching Microsoft® Office and Adobe® Creative Suite applications to individuals and companies for over 15 years.

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