Microsoft Word is a word-processing application that can be part of the Microsoft Office suite.

With Word on your PC, Mac, or mobile device, you can:

  • Create documents from scratch, or a template.
  • Add text, images, art, and videos.
  • Research a topic and find credible sources.
  • Access your documents from a computer, tablet, or phone with OneDrive.
  • Share your documents, and work with others.
  • Track and review changes.

You’ll need:

  • A computer with Microsoft Word installed.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a new document in Microsoft Word

 

Step 1: To open Microsoft Word, click on the Windows Start Button at the bottom left-hand side of the screen or bottom left-hand side on your keyboard. screenshot of Windows 10 Start button

 

The following screen will appear:

Screenshot of Windows 10 Start screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select Word from list on left as shown above.

 

Create a document

 

Step 2: Once Word has opened, go to the File menu (top left) and select 'new'

Screenshot of new doc screen in Word

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: You will see some templates displayed as well as a 'Welcome to Word' learning guide but if you just want a plain document to work on, select 'Blank document'

 

Step 4: A new blank document will open up ready for you to start typing.

Screenshot of Word blank document screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add and format text

Click in the top left corner and type some text.

To format, select the text and then select an option: bold, italic, underline, bullets, and more.

Screenshot of Word formatting options

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated 30th March 2021, Written by Mary Coleman, Digital Champion