Lively discussions on the graphic arts and publishing — in print or on the web

Go Back   Desktop Publishing Forum > General Discussions > General Publishing Topics

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-26-2005, 09:06 AM   #1
dthomsen8's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Philadelphia, PA 19130
Posts: 2,158
Default Learning MS Word

My wife has a new computer (for Christmas), and is taking a college English course in January. Any thoughts on how she can learn to use MS Word 2003 better, without asking me all the time? (I use MS Word 97 most of the time, myself.)

My wife is not so good at learning from books, compared with courses or anything heard rather than read.
dthomsen8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2005, 10:18 AM   #2
Michael Rowley
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ipswich (the one in England)
Posts: 5,105


'My wife . . . is taking a college English course in January'

She won't need much for writing essays etc. beyond the basic stuff for producing 'proper' sentences in a font she likes. So show how to remove most of the junk on the standard toolbars (it's only there to demonstrate some of things Word can do)—and put icons back again, because she's bound to find some that are useful after all. Most of the basic things, like opening a file & saving it, and doing spelling checks, are available via the keyboard.

Michael Rowley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2005, 11:04 AM   #3
Andrew B.
Andrew B.'s Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Los Angeles, California
Posts: 3,637

You could buy a training CD.
Andrew B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2005, 04:04 PM   #4
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Los Angeles, Ca.
Posts: 934

I'd set up a normal.dot to suit her primary needs, turn off most of the automatic formatting (other than smart quotes), explain the basic formatting icons on the tool bar and turn her loose. Make sure she knows how to name her files so she can find the later and that she needs to save every few minutes.

I often tell my clients to make a note about anything that seems to difficult and ask, because there generally is a simpler solution. I also tell them to work for while on a real project, then ask for help. That way my suggestions are connected to real needs.

You and I can probably go on for hours about various features. Little of that will stick if the student doesn't ahve a need for the information.

Good luck.
BobRoosth is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Learning from mistakes LoisWakeman The Corner Pub 6 04-03-2007 01:17 AM
Learning CSS RJ Emery Web Site Building & Maintenance 10 02-04-2007 05:45 AM
CSS problem - learning experience Daudio Web Design 2 07-21-2006 06:46 AM
Learning to do Forms dthomsen8 Web Site Building & Maintenance 4 04-13-2006 08:27 AM
pdf in word PeterArnel Print Production & Automation 31 05-30-2005 07:48 PM

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:35 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Contents copyright 2004–2018 Desktop Publishing Forum and its members.