Word Window, New, Open and Change View

If you're just getting started with Word 2000, learn the parts of the Word window in this free lesson.

The Word window

Word is the word processing application included in the Microsoft Office 2000 suite. Aside from Word processing, Word allows you to perform many tasks in a typical office environment.

Shown below is the Microsoft Word default window. When Word is launched, a new blank document—or default window—opens in Print Layout view. Although window elements are fully explained in our Windows tutorial, here is a brief explanation of the Word window.

Word Window

Title bar

This displays the document name followed by a program name.

Menu bar

This contains a list of options to manage and customize documents.

Standard toolbar

This contains shortcut buttons for the most popular demands.

Formatting toolbar

This contains buttons that are used for formatting text.


This is used to set margins, indents, and tabs.

Insertion point

This is the location where the next character appears.

End-of-document marker

This indicates the end of the document.

Scroll bars

This is used to view parts of the document.

Status bar

This displays the position of the insertion point and working mode buttons.

Office Assistant

This links to the Microsoft Office Help feature.