Learning roadmap for Word for Mac 2011

Follow this roadmap of training and Help topics to learn how to use Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 in a systematic, step-by-step approach.

1. Become familiar with Word

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Video: What’s new in Word for Mac 2011 Download this series of videos that provide a short introduction to some of the new and important features in Word for Mac 2011.
Video: Word for Mac 2011 Basics Whether you're new to Word for Mac 2011 or just need a refresher, download this series of videos that provide an overview to help you become productive quickly.
Tutorial: Word basics Download this .pdf for a step-by-step tutorial covering the same concepts as in the Word basics video, only using text and images.
Video: Up to speed with the Office for Mac ribbon Get familiar with the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 ribbon, which combines the Formatting Palette and Elements Gallery from previous versions of Office, giving you quick and convenient access to the features and tools that you use the most.
Start with a template to create a new document Learn how to find templates for resumes, business cards, and more by using the Word Document Gallery.

2. Create and format documents

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Differences between templates, themes, and Word styles Learn the differences between templates, themes and styles.
Change or remove a theme Use predesigned Office themes to apply a coordinated set of fonts, colors, and visual effects to your documents.
Video: Reveal the power of styles Watch this short video for an overview of using the new Visual Styles to quickly see and apply styles to text.
Tutorial: Format text with styles Download this .pdf to learn how to use dozens of built-in styles that make it easy to format characters, paragraphs, or multiple pages in just a few clicks.
Copy formatting Use the Format Painter to quickly copy formatting from one section of text to another.

3. Add lists, tables, pictures, and other objects

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Create a bulleted or numbered list Use bullets or numbering to make lists easier to read.
Insert a table Insert a table in a document.
Add or replace a picture Add a picture or clip art to a document from the Media Browser and other locations.
Add or edit a SmartArt graphic Use a SmartArt graphic to visually represent information to help you more effectively communicate your message.
Create a chart Create charts to illustrate data graphically.
Video: Manage layers easily Watch this short video for an overview of using the new Dynamic Reordering tool to arrange document objects and layers.

4. Go beyond a basic document

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Video: Create beautiful publications Watch this short video for an overview of using new typography features to enhance the look of your documents.
Record audio notes Use notebook layout view to capture text or audio notes for your meeting or class.
Create and print mailing labels by using Mail Merge Use the Mail Merge Manager to create mailing labels.
Create or edit a table of contents Add a table of contents to give longer documents a more professional look and make them easier to read.
Add or change sources, citations, and bibliographies Automatically generate a bibliography from sources for the citations in the document.
Add or change footnotes or endnotes Use footnotes and endnotes to explain, comment on, or provide references for text in a document.
Create or edit an index Learn how to create an index.

5. Share and collaborate

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Use tracked changes Use the Track Changes feature to view and respond to the changes and comments that you and other authors add to a document.
Compare and merge two versions of a document See the differences between two versions of the same document.
Sharing documents with other versions of Office Become familiar with the different formats that you can use to share documents with other Office users.
Password protect a document Learn to use passwords to prevent unauthorized users from opening or changing a document.
Video: Access your documents anywhere Watch this short video for an overview of using Word for Mac 2011 to open and edit files that are located on Windows Live OneDrive.
Simultaneously edit a document with other authors Learn how to collaborate on OneDrive or SharePoint documents.

6. Explore other useful resources

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Interactive: Can't find it in Office for Mac 2011? Use this visual, interactive guide to find where Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac commands are located in Word 2011
Word keyboard shortcuts See the full list of keyboard shortcuts, organized into logical categories.
Customize the ribbon Rearrange, show, and hide tabs on the ribbon.
Known issues in Word 2011 See a list of known issues as well as potential workarounds.

See also

What's New in Word for Mac 2011

Word for Mac 2011 Training

Technical support options

Applies to:
Word for Mac 2011