Using Office 2010 for Seniors

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For Seniors: How to Start an Office 2010 Application

The Office 2010 suite consists of several very powerful applications (programs), each with its own features and interface. To work with an application, you need to start it. All the Office applications [more…]

For Seniors: How to Put Text on a Page in Office 2010

Creating a document in Office 2010 is an easy task. In Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, a new Word document (or Excel workbook, or PowerPoint presentation) opens automatically when you start the program. You [more…]

For Seniors: How to Open an Existing Document in Office 2010

If you don’t save your work in an Office document, workbook, or presentation, whatever you have entered disappears when you close the application or turn off your computer. Saving your work stores it for [more…]

For Seniors: How to Work with the Office 2010 BackStage View

In Office 2010, clicking the File tab opens the File menu, also known as Backstage View. Backstage View provides access to commands that have to do with the data file you’re working with — things like [more…]

For Seniors: How to Work with the Office 2010 Ribbon

All Office 2010 applications have a common system of navigation called the Ribbon, which is a tabbed bar across the top of the application window. Each tab is like a page of buttons. To work in the Ribbon [more…]

For Seniors: How to Select Content in Microsoft Office

Selecting content is an essential skill for any Microsoft Office application. Many commands in Office applications apply to whatever text or graphics you select. For example, to make some text bold, select [more…]

For Seniors: How to Move Around in an Office 2010 Document

As you add information in one of the Office 2010 applications, you may have so much content that you can’t see it all onscreen at once. You may need to move around by scrolling through the document to [more…]

For Seniors: How to Zoom In and Out in an Office 2010 Document

While you’re working in a Microsoft Office 2010 application (or any version of Office), you may want to zoom in to see a close-up view of part of your work or zoom out to see a bird’s-eye view of the whole [more…]

For Seniors: How to Change the View in Microsoft Office

Each Microsoft Office application has a variety of viewing options available. Each view is suited for a certain type of activity in that application. For example, in Word, you can choose Draft view, which [more…]

For Seniors: How to Move and Copy Content in Office 2010

For large-scale editing (such as whole paragraphs and pages of text) in Office 2010, you can easily move or copy text and graphics within the same application [more…]

For Seniors: How to Identify and Move to Cells in Microsoft Excel

In Microsoft Excel, the cell cursor (also called the active cell indicator) is the dark outline around the active cell. To change which cell is active, you can do either of the following: [more…]

For Seniors: How to Select a Range in Microsoft Excel

You might sometimes want to select a multicell range in Microsoft Excel before you issue a command. For example, if you want to make all the text in the cell range A1:F1 bold, select that range and then [more…]

For Seniors: How to Use Common Excel Functions

Excel has hundreds of functions, but most of them are very specialized. The basic set of Excel functions that the average user works with is much more manageable. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Navigate and Select Text in PowerPoint

You may find that using keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint is more convenient than using the scroll bar. The function of some PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts depends on whether you’re editing in a text box [more…]

For Seniors: How to Manually Insert a Text Box on a PowerPoint Slide

Whenever possible, you should use the layout placeholders to insert PowerPoint slide content. However, sometimes you may not be able to find a layout that’s exactly what you want. For example, maybe you [more…]

For Seniors: How to Work with Fonts in Office 2010

A font is a standard way of making each letter. (It’s also called a typeface.) The font size controls the height of the letters. Across all the Office programs, you can choose different fonts and font [more…]

For Seniors: How to Apply Text Formatting in Office 2010

In Office 2010, you can modify the appearance of your text and even pick the color of text. Besides text color, you can also apply text attributes, such as bold [more…]

For Seniors: How to Use the Mini Toolbar in Office 2010

In Office 2010, you can quickly change settings using the mini toolbar. The mini toolbar appears whenever you right-click text in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Work with Themes in Office 2010

Themes are useful when you want to standardize the formatting across multiple documents or between applications in Office 2010. Themes generally specify settings for fonts, colors, and graphic effects. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Check Your Spelling and Grammar in Office 2010

If you’re not a great speller, you’re in luck. All the Microsoft Office apps share a common spell-check feature. In addition to checking your spelling, you can also check your grammar. When you see red [more…]

For Seniors: How to Save Your Work in Office 2010

As you work in an Office 2010 application, the content you create is stored in the computer’s memory. This memory is only temporary storage. You must save your work when you exit the application or shut [more…]

For Seniors: How to Change Your Save Location in Office 2010

When you save a file in an Office 2010 application, you can change where the file is saved. (The default Save location in Office 2010 is the Documents folder.) [more…]

For Seniors: How to Print Your Work in Microsoft Office

To print from within any Microsoft Office applications, choose File→Print or press Ctrl+P. That displays the Print Settings in Backstage View. You can then set any print options desired and then click [more…]

For Seniors: How to Close out of a Computer Program

When you’re done working with a particular computer program, such as Word or Excel, you’ll want to close it. Of course, you need to save any open documents before you close the application. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Recover Lost Work on Your Computer

Computers lock up occasionally, and applications crash in the middle of important projects. When that happens, any work that you haven’t saved is gone. You can, however, recover lost work on your computer [more…]


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