Microsoft Word is a word-processing application that can be part of the Microsoft Office suite or a stand-alone program installed on to your computer.
The program can be used to write letters and different types of documents that can include graphics and pictures. This guide explains how to open Microsoft Word and start a new document, using the Windows 7 operating system.
It will feature Word 2013 for PCs, and is slightly different to earlier versions of Word. A word processor included free with the Windows operating system is WordPad, which doesn’t have all the features of Word but does have some formatting features.
It can be found in the ‘Start’ menu under ‘Accessories’. Click on 'All programs' and then scroll to 'Accessories' folder
- A computer with Microsoft Word installed.
Follow these step-by-step instructions to start a document in Microsoft Word
Step 1: From the desktop or from your ‘Start’ menu, open Microsoft Word.
If the Word 2013 icon does not appear you can search for it, using the 'Search programs and files' box in the picture above.
Step 2: Microsoft Word will open up and present you with an option to select a document template, or a blank document.
Step 3: If you don't want to use any of the templates on display, click on the blank document.
Step 4: A new blank document will open up ready for you to start typing.
Karen Maxwell is a Digital Unite tutor and assessor/trainer of computer accessibility. Edited November 2015