On Windows we find BLOCK NOTES and WORDPAD.
NOTEPADNotepad, as the name says, it is a simple sheet of clipboard on which we can simply write some notes and eventually print them.
It has the advantage to take up not much memory space.
With WordPad besides writing some text, you can modified it, magnifying some fonts, align the text, colouring it, you can make some small changes.
WORDThe word processing program above all is WORD.
By this program (that is part of the Microsoft Office package) whole books can be compiled, complete of images and tables, notes, headings and manage everything in a very easy and automatic way.
THE MOST WIDESPREADOn explaining the instructions how to use a word processor, I will refer to the program Word (2007 release) simply because it is the most widespread program.
The instructions that are described here (especially these basic ones); they are however common for all the word processing programs.
RUNNING WORDLet's begin therefore to run the program.
1 - Click on the button “Start”
2 - set the pointer on “All programs”
3 - if it is necessary, scroll the list and click on "Microsoft Office"
4 - click on "Microsoft Office Word 2007”.
WORD DOCUMENTThe window of the program appears,
and an empty Document (blank) automatically appears.
Making a comparison, it is as if a typewriter was placed on the desk (the program Word) and automatically a white sheet is inserted (Document) on it.
A Word Document is not an only sheet, but it can become a whole book of 10, 100, 1000 and more pages.
Then Word is a program (typewriter), and a word Document is the work created by the program Word.
THE TITLE BARThe program gives a name (a title) to this Document, and it names it document1.
You can see this name up on the TITLE BAR,
where you can find the window control buttons too (minimize, maximize/restore-down and close).
QUICK ACCESS TOOLBARAt the same level of the TITLE BAR, on the left is positioned the QUICK ACCESS TOOLBAR .
and the OFFICE BUTTON
that allows accessing the most common commands.
RIBBON BARJust below, you can find the RIBBON BAR
where all the commands are situated for working with Word 2007.
Clicking on the single TABS
- Page Layout
the RIBBON BAR changes its looks, showing the commands in the form of icons, associated to the current TAB.
DOCUMENT AND SCROLLBARIn the middle, you find the DOCUMENT (white sheet) in which you can start writing at once.
These last bars are used for scrolling the text when the window doesn't allow seeing the whole document in an only screen.
STATUS BARA last component, but not for its importance, is the STATUS BAR ,
that is situated at the bottom of the window and in which you can find:
information on the Document,
information related to the commands in use,
and further commands.