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Northstar Learning Guide: Module 5: Microsoft Word

This guide contains instructional materials designed to help learners build the basic computer skills defined by the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments.

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Module 5: Microsoft Word

The resources on this page will introduce you to the basics of using, editing, and creating documents in Microsoft Word 2010. Using your Northstar assessment results page, locate the skills you need to improve in the left-hand column of the table. Then, follow the links in the right-hand column to access the corresponding online learning resources. Ask a librarian or your tutor/instructor if you have questions or need help.
Northstar Standard
Learning Resource
1. Create a new document
2. Save and close a document
3. Open existing document
4. Identify ribbon and toolbars
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the difference between "Save" and "Save As" functions.
6. Use Save As to save to a particular folder or file location and name the document.
7. Use undo and redo arrows
8. Cut, copy and paste
9. Use spell check and grammar check
10. Format the size, color and type of font
11. Align text: left, center and right justify
12. Set single or double spacing
13. Use bullets and automatic numbering
14. Use print preview and print.
15. Set margins
16. Select portrait or landscape
17. Identify file extensions, corresponding document types and associated programs used to open them: pdf, xls, doc, docx, rtf, pub, ppt, pptx