Getting Started with Word

Get Microsoft Office help using the Ribbon and new Backstage view to produce documents in MS Word 2010.

The Quick Access toolbar

The Quick Access toolbar, located above the Ribbon, lets you access common commands no matter which tab you're on. By default, it shows the Save, Undo, and Repeat commands. You can add other commands to make it more convenient for you.

To add commands to the Quick Access toolbar:

  1. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the Quick Access toolbar.
  2. Select the command you want to add from the drop-down menu. It will appear in the Quick Access toolbar.
    Adding Commands to the Quick Access toolbar Adding a command to the Quick Access toolbar

The Ruler

The Ruler is located at the top and to the left of your document. It makes it easier to adjust your document with precision. If you want, you can hide the Ruler to free up more screen space.

The Ruler The Ruler

To hide or view the Ruler:

  1. Click the View Ruler icon over the scrollbar to hide the ruler.
  2. To show the ruler, click the View Ruler icon again.
    Hiding and viewing the Ruler Hiding and viewing the Ruler