Getting Started with Word

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

Creating and opening documents

Video: Creating Documents in Word 2010

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Word files are called documents. When you start a new project in Word, you'll need to create a new document, which can either be blank or from a template. You'll also need to know how to open an existing document.

To create a new blank document:

  1. Click the File tab. This takes you to Backstage view.
  2. Select New.
  3. Select Blank document under Available Templates. It will be highlighted by default.
    Creating a new document Creating a new document
  4. Click Create. A new blank document appears in the Word window.

To save time, you can create your document from a template, which you can select from the New Document pane. We'll talk about templates in a later lesson.

To open an existing document:

  1. Click the File tab. This takes you to Backstage view.
  2. Select Open. The Open dialog box appears.
    The Open Dialog Box Opening a document
  3. Select your document, then click Open.

If you've opened a file recently, you can also access it from the Recent Documents list. Just click on the File tab and select Recent.

Opening a recent document Opening a recent document