As one of the cornerstones of the Office suite, Word 2016 for Mac 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 for Mac. We begin with basic skills such as navigating a document, selecting text, inputting basic text, and proofing a document. 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 for experienced users as well. This series is specifically for locally installed Word 2016 on Mac OS.
2: Introduction to Word
In this episode, Zac and Vonne introduce the Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac application. Vonne describes the product's history, how to purchase and install, as well as her setup of the Word 2016 Essentials for Mac show. This provides some background information and context for the upcoming episodes.
3: Word Basics
In this episode, Justin and Vonne demonstrate and explain the basic functionality of the Word 2016 application in the macOS environment. Here you will learn foundational options like open/close Word, start a new file, open an existing file, use the minimize/restore/maximize/full screen buttons, work with multiple files, save vs. save as, and understand keyboard layouts.
5: Document Views and Zoom
In this episode, Justin and Vonne demonstrate the different document views and zoom options available in Word 2016 for Mac. Here you will see how to work with the focus, web layout, outline, draft, and print layout views. They also cover single and multi-page view, the ruler, and zoom functions.
6: Navigate a Document
In this episode, Justin and Vonne illustrate one of the core Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac 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.
8: Input Text and Special Characters
In this episode, Justin 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.
9: Autocorrect Options
In this episode, Zac and Vonne take a look at our well-intentioned friend known as AutoCorrect found in Word 2016 for Mac. Watch as they show you AutoCorrect features like automatic formatting of lists, bullets, URLs, borders, ordinals and fractions. They also demonstrate how Word fixes capitalization, common spelling mistakes, and a variety of other items.
10: Cut, Copy, Paste
In this episode, Zac and Vonne introduce you to the revered options of cut, copy, and paste in Word 2016 for Mac. 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.
11: Find and Replace
In this episode, Zac 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.
13: Character Formatting
In this episode, Justin and Vonne explore character formatting in Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac. Specific topics covered here include: defining character formatting, fonts, typographical emphasis, change case, superscripts and subscripts, highlighter, font color, letter spacing, and clear 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.
18: Styles: Introduction
In this episode, Zac and Vonne introduce working with styles in Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac. 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.
19: Styles: Apply, Part 1
In this episode, Zac and Vonne continue to explore styles in Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac. 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: Keep Options, Breaks, and Columns
In this episode, Zac 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.
23: Blank Page and Cover Page
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.
24: Margins, Headers, and Footers
In this episode, Zac 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.
26: Orientation and Decoration
In this episode, Zac 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.
You need to know how to select before you can affect.
You need to know how to select before you can affect.
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.