Word 2016 – Quick Start Guide

Office 2016 is available within education at no cost, as part of your academic institution’s existing Microsoft licensing agreement. You can check your eligibility to upgrade to Office 2016 with your academic email address.


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Last week was an exciting time for us with the release of Office 2016. Packed full of new features and improvements, there are plenty of ways in which educators and students of all ages will be able to achieve more with the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.

To help you get the most out of the latest versions of the Office applications, we’ll be sharing a number of tips and tricks through a series of Quick Start Guides. First to go under the microscope is Word…

Create something
Begin with a Blank document to get right to work. Or save yourself a bunch of time by selecting and then customizing a template that resembles what you need. Click File > New, and then select or search for the template you want.

Find recent files
Whether you only work with files stored on your PC’s local hard drive or you roam across various cloud services, clicking File > Open takes you to your recently used documents and any files that you may have pinned to your list.

Stay connected
Need to work on the go and across different devices? Click File > Account to sign in and access your recently used files anywhere, on any device, through seamless integration between Office, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint.

Set your preferences
Something not working quite as expected? It’s easy to change and customize options at any time. Click File > Options, and then set up Word 2016 the way you want.

Discover contextual tools
You can make contextual ribbon commands available by selecting relevant objects in your document. For example, clicking within a table displays the Table Tools tabs, and clicking any inserted picture displays the Picture Tools tab.

Format documents with style
On the Home tab, in the lower right corner of the Styles gallery, click the small arrow to open the Styles pane, where you can visually create, apply, and review formatting styles in your current document.

Review and track changes
Whether you just want to check spelling, keep your word count in check, or fully collaborate with other people, the Review tab unveils essential commands to track, discuss, and manage all of the changes made to your documents.

Share your work with others
To invite others to view or edit your documents in the cloud, click the Share button in the top right corner of the app window. In the Share pane that opens, you can get a sharing link or send invitations to the people you select.

Get help with Word
Type a keyword or phrase into the Tell me what you want to do box on the ribbon to find the Word features and commands that you’re looking for, read our online Help content, or perform a Smart Lookup on the Web for more insights.


We’ll be lifting the lid on other Office 2016 applications over the coming weeks through more Quick Start Guides, so keep an eye on this blog!

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