Understanding Microsoft Word 2010 Interface

Understanding Microsoft Word 2010 Interface –



The Microsoft Word Interface consists of 7 Main Areas:

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1. Title Bar

The title bar tells you 2 things: One, it tells you what program you have opened; in this case it is Microsoft Word; and it also tells you the title or name of the document you have opened, in this case, the title of our opened document is: Document 1


Microsoft Word window


2. Document Area

This blank area, is the area where you type or enter information into your document. The vertical bar here is called: The insertion point. It shows you where your text will appear when you begin to type.


Microsoft Word document area

Microsoft Word insertion point


3. Scroll Bar 

The scroll bar enables you to quickly move up and down your document with relative ease.  

scroll bar




4. The Ribbon

Microsoft Word the ribbon


The ribbon is made up of 3 components:

a.  Tabs – in the diagram above you will see the:
– File Tab
– Home Tab
– Insert Tab
– Page Layout Tab
– References Tab
– Mailings Tab
– Review Tab
– View Tab
– Acrobat Tab – not every one may have the Acrobat tab showing up on their ribbon.


Under each tab will be a number of Groups and commands.


b.  Groups – Under each tab is a Group. On my diagram above I have the following groups:


– Clipboard Group

– Font Group

– Paragraph Group

– Styles Group

– Editing Groups


c.  And commands – Within each Group listed above are commands. For instance in the:

Clipboard Group we have the: Paste, Cut, Copy and Format Painter commands.

Each Group will contain their own list of commands.


The purpose of all these commands are to help you format and edit the information you are putting in the document area; whether that is text, pictures, drawings…


5. Quick Access Toolbar

The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT, for short) contains commonly-used commands, such as: Save, Undo, Redo, New Document, Print Commands…


Microsoft Word quick access toolbar



6. Dialogue Box Launcher

Just to the right-hand corner of some of the Groups is a small down-arrow in a tiny box called a dialogue box launcher. If you click on this down-arrow it opens up a dialog box or task pane with more options. See the diagram below.


Microsoft Word dialogue box launcher



7. Status Bar

The status bar, located at the bottom of your windows screen contains information about your document; like: The number of pages in your document, the amount of words in your document, the proofing button, the macro recording button, the view buttons and the zoom slider. We will cover more on these in later lessons.




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