is Microsoft Word?
is the licensed word processor for NAU students. A word
processor is a computer application/utility used to create and
modify written documents.
In this lesson,
you will learn to think critically about the use of Microsoft Word in the writing process.
- Double-click on the Microsoft Word icon.
- Write your name in the upper-left hand corner.
- Go to File > Save As and select your Z: drive (also called "dana samba server").
Microsoft Word Exercise
- Write a paragraph of your instructor's choosing.
- After you've finished writing, give your composition a title.
- Set your title apart from the main text by underlining it and adding a space between it and the main body. Center the title as well.
- Remove the underline and bold the title. Then, remove the bold and italicize it. Choose the method you think best offsets the title from the body text and keep it.
- Now make the title the first sentence of your paragraph, but keep the offsetting method you chose earlier.
- Replace the title in its original position.
- Select all the text on the page (shortcut "Ctrl+A").
- Change the font of the text to Arial. Note any changes in the size and spacing of each line of text.
- Change the font of the text back to Times New Roman.
- Select all the text on the page again.
- Go to Format > Paragraph and change "Line Spacing" to double.
- Which method of offsetting the title did you use? Why did you feel this was more effective than other methods?
- Why do you think it is so common for the title of a document to be separated from the body text?
- What happened when you changed the font to Arial? Why do you think most instructors require the use of Times New Roman for essays and research papers?
- Did double-spacing your paragraph increase or decrease readability? Why?
Northern Arizona University Writing Program