Whether you’re experienced with Word (or other Microsoft Office products, for that matter) or not, this initial screen probably looks very new. That’s because in Word 2007, Microsoft has eliminated all of those toolbars that we’ve become very accustomed to using. But, the good news is they’ve replaced the toolbars with Ribbons and Contextual Tabs that only appear when you need them. You see, Microsoft Word is now even more intuitive and flexible than before.
Each labeled item is described in full on the next page.
Figure 1. Word Window
Located in the upper-right corner of your window, these buttons (in order) will minimize, maximize/restore and close your window.
The document area is the actual “paper” on which your text and graphics will print.
A button that displays a menu of common functions such as Open and Print.
Page View Controls:
Located in the lower-right corner of your window, the Page View Controls includes quick access to page views and includes a zoom slider control.
Quick Access Toolbar:
Contains buttons to your most frequently used tasks such as Save, Undo and Print.
Displays commands and features that were previously hidden under menus in easy-to-access task-oriented tabs such as Insert, Page Layout and Formulas.
Aside from indicating margins and page size, the rulers display row and column boundaries when working in a table as well as tabs and indents.
Vertical and horizontal bars allowing you to the view other areas of the worksheet.
In the Status Bar, you see a document page and word count, plus macro and editing indicators.
Located at the very top of your screen, the Title Bar displays the name of the program you are running and the name of the document you are working in.
Exploring the Ribbon
The Word 2007 Ribbon contains seven tabs across the top of the Word window. Each tab contains groups of core tasks and each Group contains related sets of commands.
Many of the Ribbon groups contain a Dialog Box Launcher arrow ().This arrow is always found in the lower-right corner of a group and typically options a Dialog Box with familiar Word settings. Occasionally, this button options a Task Pane instead of a Dialog Box.
Figure 2. Home Tab
The Home tab contains your most often-used commands including cut, copy and paste. You’ll also see groups for Font, Paragraph, Styles, and Editing.
Figure 3. Insert Tab
The Insert tab contains commands related to “inserting” such as pages and page breaks. This is also the place you go to insert a Header or Footer or drawing objects. The Insert tab contains groups for Pages, Tables, Illustrations, Links, Header & Footer, Text & Symbols.
Figure 4. Page Layout Tab
The Page Layout tab contains commands related to the appearance of your document like margins and page breaks. This tab contains groups for Themes, Page Setup, Page Background, Paragraph and Arrange.
Figure 5. References Tab
The References tab contains commands related to document references including captions, footnotes and table of contents. This tab contains groups for Table of Contents, Footnotes, Citations & Bibliography, Captions, Index & Table of Authorities.
Figure 6. Mailings Tab
The Mailings tab contains commands related to working with mail merge. The Mailings tab contains groups for Create, Start Mail Merge, Write & Insert Fields, Preview Results and Finish.
Figure 7. Review Tab
The Review tab contains commands related to sharing your Word 2007 file with others and contains groups for Proofing, Comments, Tracking, Changes, Compare & Protect.
Figure 8. View Tab
The View tab contains commands for choosing different ways to view your Word 2007 data with groups for Document Views, Show/Hide, Zoom and Window.