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Word 2016

Quick Start Guide

New to Word 2016? Use this guide to learn the basics.

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Create Something

Begin with a Blank document to get right to work. Or start with a template to save yourself time and steps. Just select File > New, and then select or search for the template you want.

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Find recent files

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

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Format with styles

The Styles pane lets you visually create, apply, and review the formatting styles in your current document. To open it, select the Home tab, and then select the small arrow in the lower right corner of the Styles gallery.

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Discover contextual tools

You can make contextual ribbon commands available by selecting relevant objects in your document. For example, selecting within a table displays the Table Tools tab, which offers additional options for the Design and Layout of your tables.

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Find whatever you need

Type a keyword or phrase into the Tell me what you want to do search box on the ribbon to quickly find the Word features and commands you're looking for, to discover Help content, or to get more information online.

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Look up relevant information

With Smart Lookup, Word searches the Internet for relevant information to define words, phrases, and concepts. Search results shown on the task pane can provide useful context for the data and information in your documents.

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Get other Quick Start Guides

Word 2016 is just one of the newly designed apps in Office 2016. To download our free Quick Start Guides for any of the other new versions of your favorite apps, visit http://aka.ms/office-2016-guides

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Next steps with Word

See what's new in Office 2016

Explore the new and improved features in Word 2016 and the other apps in Office 2016. Visit https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=871117 for more information.

Get free training, tutorials, and videos for Office 2016

Ready to dig deeper into the capabilities that Word 2016 has to offer? Visit https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=871123 to explore our free training options.

Send us your feedback

Love Word 2016? Got an idea for improvement to share with us? On the File menu, select Feedback and then follow the prompts to send your suggestions directly to the Word product team. Thank you!