Microsoft Word is one of the most popular office applications that provides many features such as word processing, web publishing and database creation. Tapping into these resources, however, is not always easy and straightforward, leaving users stumped and puzzled.
So where can you find out how to perform these great features of this popular word processing package? Below I have listed some great, free resources.
Free Online Training Tutorials
There are a number of websites that offer free tutorials. These tutorials range from quick tips and tricks, to step-by-step instructions with screenshots to video tutorials. To find free online training, do a Google search (or any other search engine for that matter) for [free online training tutorials].
Computer Help Bulletin Boards and Forums
People like to help. Pure and simple. Message boards are proof of this concept. Every day thousands of people log onto message boards and ask questions and receive prompt, free advice and answers. There are all kinds of message (bulletin) boards out there that specialize in computer software. One I’ve found that I like is TekTips.com. They have users from all kinds of technical backgrounds with advice on just about every software application imaginable. They require membership to post a message (most forums and message boards do), but it is a quick and easy process. There are other computer training message boards out there, just do a Google search for [software forum] and you’ll be on your way.
Microsoft Word Training CDs
Not too many Word training CDs are available for free, but there are few available. For instance, Video Professor offers a wide variety of computer training resources for some of the most popular word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics packages around. They have training CDs for most of the Microsoft Office application packages. They offer you one free training CD, in the hopes that you will want to buy others. You can find the Video Professor by doing a Google search for “video professor”.
College and University Website Searches
Some of the best resources for computer help of any kind are college and university websites. They usually have instructions for faculty and staff on how to do computer functions from the most basic to quite advanced. They also provide screen shots lots of times that show you step by step how to perform a particular function. Some colleges have the latest technology, but some universities still have older resources, so no matter what version of Microsoft Word you have, there is most likely a free college or university resource where you can find useful information.