There are many versions of Microsoft Word in use. What’s tricky is that one version of Word can be different from another version of Word. That can be a problem when you’re looking for Word help.
On this blog, I write about Word 2010 because it’s the version of Word I use. It’s also currently the most common version of Word used by editors (this will change as 2013 makes inroads).
Below is a quick list of free resources to help you get to know your version of Word better. This list will also help you to “step sideways” while reading Word tutorials based on a version of Word that’s different from yours.
Most of the following links are from gcflearnfree.org—a terrific resource for Word tutorials.
- Word 2013 (Windows & Mac*)
- Word 2010 (Windows)
- Word 2010 Quick Reference Card (Windows)
- Word 2011 (Mac)
- Word 2007 (Windows)
- Word 2008 (Mac)
- Word 2003 (Windows)
- Word 2004 (Mac)
- Word 2000 (Windows)
*These two versions of Word are now close, with some exceptions. If you don’t mind a fairly technical document, you can read about the differences here. The table containing keyboard shortcuts is particularly helpful.
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