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Microsoft Word 2013 Level 2 (with Challenge Exercises)

Self-taught course


This course aims to enhance existing skills by covering more specific documentation creation aspects such as working with multiple documents, formatting tables, tabs, lists, merging, section breaks, templates and more.

Target audience

Anyone who wants to know more about the functionality of Word 2013.


This course assumes some knowledge of Microsoft Word 2013 and it would be beneficial to have a general understanding of personal computers and the operating system environment, especially in regard to working with files and folders.

Topics covered

Document Techniques

  • Opening Multiple Documents
  • Switching Between Open Documents
  • Arranging All
  • Viewing Side By Side
  • Synchronised Scrolling
  • Resetting The Window Position
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample
  • Inserting A Cover Page
  • Applying Page Colours
  • Applying A Page Border
  • Understanding Columns
  • Creating Columns Of Text
  • Specifying Column Widths And Spacing
  • Inserting Column Breaks
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Formatting Techniques

  • Applying First Line Indents
  • Applying Hanging Indents
  • Applying Right Indents
  • Understanding Pagination
  • Controlling Widows And Orphans
  • Keeping Paragraphs Together
  • Keeping Lines Together
  • Inserting A Page Break
  • Applying Hyphenation To Text
  • Hiding Text
  • Inserting A Drop Cap
  • Understanding Returns
  • Revealing Formatting
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Working With PDF Documents

  • Understanding PDF Documents
  • Saving A Document As A PDF
  • Viewing A PDF File In Reader
  • Opening And Editing A PDF In Word
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Preferences and Properties

  • Understanding Word Options
  • Personalising Word
  • Setting Display Options
  • Understanding File Locations
  • Setting File Locations
  • Understanding Save Options
  • Setting Save Options
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample
  • Understanding Document Properties
  • Viewing Document Properties
  • Specifying Document Properties
  • Viewing Advanced Properties
  • Inserting Properties Into A Document
  • Updating Document Properties
  • Deleting Document Property Data
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample


  • Understanding Styles
  • Applying Paragraph Styles
  • Applying Character Styles
  • Creating A Quick Style
  • Creating A Paragraph Style
  • Creating A Character Style
  • Applying Custom Styles
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample
  • Understanding The Modify Style Dialog Box
  • Selecting And Updating Styles
  • Renaming And Deleting Styles
  • Importing And Exporting Styles
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample


  • Understanding Themes
  • Applying A Theme
  • Modifying Theme Colours
  • Modifying Theme Fonts
  • Creating A Custom Theme
  • Applying A Theme To A Template
  • Resetting A Theme
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample


  • Understanding Templates
  • Using A Sample Template
  • Downloading An Online Template
  • Creating A Template
  • Modifying A Template
  • Using A Custom Template
  • Attaching A Template To A Document
  • Copying Styles Between Templates
  • Creating A Template From A Template
  • Tips For Developing Templates
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Section Breaks

  • Understanding Section Breaks
  • Inserting A Next Page Section Break
  • Inserting A Continuous Section Break
  • Inserting An Even Page Section Break
  • Inserting An Odd Page Section Break
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Headers and Footers

  • Understanding Headers And Footers
  • Inserting Headers And Footers
  • Inserting A Blank Header
  • Inserting A Blank Footer
  • Switching Between Headers And Footers
  • Editing Headers And Footers
  • Inserting Page Numbering
  • Inserting Date Information
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample
  • Headers And Footers In Long Documents
  • Adjusting Header And Footer Positions
  • Inserting First Page Headers And Footers
  • Inserting Different Odd And Even Pages
  • Creating Section Headers And Footers
  • Unlinking Section Headers And Footers
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Merging Techniques

  • Understanding Recipient Lists
  • Creating A Recipient List
  • Customising The Columns
  • Adding Records
  • Deleting Records
  • Saving A Recipient List
  • Opening A Recipient List
  • Editing A Recipient List
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Data
  • Understanding Merging From Scratch
  • Selecting The Document Type
  • Selecting The Recipients
  • Inserting The Date
  • Inserting An Address Block
  • Inserting The Greeting Line
  • Typing The Letter
  • Inserting Individual Merge Fields
  • Previewing The Merge
  • Completing The Merge
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample
  • Setting Up Mailing Labels
  • Completing Mailing Labels
  • Running A Saved Merge
  • Excluding Recipients
  • Filtering Recipients
  • Sorting Recipients
  • Selecting Another Data Source
  • Applying An If…Then…Else… Rule
  • Applying A Fill In Rule
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Data


  • Understanding Shapes
  • Drawing Shapes
  • Selecting Shapes
  • Resizing Shapes
  • Moving Shapes
  • Aligning Shapes
  • Rotating Shapes
  • Grouping Shapes
  • Arranging Shapes
  • Deleting Shapes
  • Applying A Fill To The Drawing Canvas
  • Applying Text Wrapping To A Canvas
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample
  • Applying Shape Styles
  • Filling Shapes
  • Applying A Solid Fill To Shapes
  • Applying A Gradient Fill To A Shape
  • Applying A Picture Fill To A Shape
  • Changing Shape Outlines
  • Applying An Outline To Shapes
  • Changing Shapes
  • Inserting And Formatting Text
  • Applying Shadow Effects
  • Applying Reflection Effects
  • Applying Glow Effects
  • Softening And Bevelling Edges
  • Applying 3-D Rotation Effects
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Text Boxes

  • Understanding Text Boxes
  • Inserting A Preformatted Text Box
  • Typing Text Into A Text Box
  • Positioning A Text Box
  • Resizing A Text Box
  • Deleting A Text Box
  • Drawing A Text Box
  • Formatting A Text Box
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample
  • Linking Text Boxes
  • Modifying Text Box Margins
  • Changing Text Direction
  • Applying Effects To Text Boxes
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Table Features

  • Creating A Table From Text
  • Aligning Data In Cells
  • Displaying Table Gridlines
  • Inserting Formulas Into A Table
  • Updating Formulas In A Table
  • Sorting Table Data
  • Merging Table Cells
  • Splitting Table Cells
  • Understanding Table Properties
  • Aligning Tables
  • Changing The Direction Of Text
  • Repeating Heading Rows
  • Converting A Table To Text
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Enhancing Pictures

  • Understanding Picture Enhancements
  • Removing A Picture Background
  • Correcting Pictures
  • Colouring Pictures
  • Applying Artistic Effects
  • Applying Shadows And Reflections
  • Applying A Glow Effect
  • Softening And Bevelling Edges
  • Applying Picture Styles To Images
  • Repositioning Pictures
  • The Format Picture Pane
  • Cropping Pictures Accurately
  • Changing The Picture Layout
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • work with document techniques
  • use a range of formatting techniques
  • work with a PDF document
  • work with Word options and document properties
  • create and apply styles
  • create and work effectively with themes
  • create and use templates
  • learn how to work with section breaks
  • insert and work with headers and footers in a document
  • perform various merging tasks
  • draw and format shapes
  • insert and work with text boxes
  • use table features to improve the layout and format of tables
  • enhance and correct pictures

Watsonia workbook with 226 topics. Files for the exercises are provided on a CD or can be downloaded here


Approximately 20 hours

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