Programs: Microsoft Word


Homework 1


Deo is one of the students studying to be a high school teacher.  One of his class assignments was to come up with a practice syllabus for a class he plans to teach.  He wants to save 2 copies of this assignment, one to turn in to his teacher, and one to keep on file for future use.  Also, since he has had several computer crashes, he wants to create a back-up copy just in case.  Help Deo with the following:



1.) Open the file, “Deo’s syllabus” that accompanied your MS Word Chapter 1 files. 

2.) Fill in the line Contact information with either your own information, or information that you made up.  You should include a phone number, and an e-mail address.   

3.) Overtype the “Math101” with “History 101” on the third line, next to course

4.) Choose the option to always create a back-up copy, and then save what you’ve done so far to a disk, under the name “revised syllabus”.   

5.) Insert “the student” after the word “give” in the Course Description line. 

6.) Create a hard return, at the end of Course Description paragraph.  Do this twice, so that the Requirements section has plenty of blank space above it. 

7.) Save the new changes that you have made. 


Now, create a template for Deo to use later.  Delete “Math 101”, the paragraph next to Course Description, and the paragraph next to Requirements.  Use the Save As command to save the file as “syllabus template”.




Homework 2


In this assignment you will utilize knowledge of Microsoft Word.  Steps used to complete this assignment are similar to those that are used in everyday college life.  Skills used here are also used when writing papers, doing homework, etc. for classes.


1.) Create a new document in Word.

2.) Save it as “HW Objectives 3 and 4”.

3.) At the top, type your name and make it bold.

4.) Hit return twice and type the title “My Favorite Class”.

5.) Select the title and align it so it is centered.

6.) Change the font size of the title to 16 pt.

7.) Hit return twice, and then tab to indent.

8.) In normal 12 pt. font, type a paragraph about your favorite course at school.  Include the teacher’s name, any interesting projects or assignments you’ve done in the class, and why it is your favorite class.

9.) Open the document you just closed and change the font to “Times New Roman”.

10.) Check spelling and grammar.

11.) Save the document and close.

12.) Select all the type and change the line spacing to 1.5 by using the Paragraph tab in Format menu.

13.) At the end of the first paragraph, begin a new paragraph.  Type a short paragraph on who your favorite teacher is and why you think so.

14.) Check spelling and grammar again.

15.) Save the document.

16.) Print the document and pass it in to your instructor.


Homework 3


Spell check can be used in any of the Microsoft applications.  It is a tool that all college students will find themselves using when creating a written assignment.  It is an important tool for students because not only is it used to correct spelling errors, but it also helps prevent the work from looking disorganized, and messy.  Also, it helps the reader, in most cases, the student’s professor, understand what the student has written.  In the following exercise, the student will open a Word document that has already been prepared and make corrections.



1.) Open Microsoft Word.

2.) Open the filename “Spell Check for the Students.”

3.) Copy the file and paste it in a new document.

4.) Then close the file “Spell Check for the Students.”  Read the text and find the spelling mistakes, which will be underlined in red. Make sure the check spelling as you type option is turned off.

5.) Use spell check and make the corrections.

6.) Reread the text and notice the difference.  No words should be left underlined in red.

7.) When you are done print the document.

8.) Then open the file “Revised Spell Check for the Students.”  Your print out should look exactly like this.

9.) When you are done close the file.



Homework 4


Auto text makes typing faster.  For example, if the professor required the students to use twenty quotes in an essay, then they would have to cite each quote used.  It would be a waste of time to type in the same information continuously.  Therefore the students should take the advantage of using the auto text command.  In this exercise, the student will apply their knowledge of the auto text.



1.) Open Microsoft Word.

2.) Open the filename “Short and Snappy.”

3.) Print the document.  Then close it. (To print, click on the printer icon.)

4.) Next, open a new document.

5.) Type everything that is on the print out and record the time it took you to finish.

6.) As an example, use the auto text options to select the words “National University of Rwanda.”  In the auto text entries type in “NUR.”

7.) Now, open another new document and retype everything from the print out.  This time instead of typing the name “National University of Rwanda,” type “NUR,” and time yourself.  You should notice that it took less time to type compared to the first time.


Homework 5


Auto correct makes automatic corrections as a misspelled word is typed.  It is often used to correct small common mistakes.  For example, the word ‘insted’ is automatically changed to ‘instead.’  This set up helps narrow the time the students have to go back and revise their work before handing it in to their professors.  Now, the student should apply their knowledge of auto correct to the following exercise.



1.) Open Microsoft Word.

2.) Open the filename “Using Auto Correct.” Notice the misspelled words are underlined in red. 

3.) Print the document.  Then close it.

4.) Next, open a new document.

5.) Go to the auto correct and select all the options in the boxes.  In the Replace box, type in “UR” and in the Width box, type in “NUR.”  Do the same thing for “stdents” in the replace box, and “students” in the width box. Your table of common mistakes should have already been filled out with some other common mistakes.

6.) Now, type in exactly what the print out looks likes.  Notice the changes.  When you typed “UR” it was automatically changed to “NUR.”  The same thing happened for when the word “stdents” was type, it was replace by “students.”

7.) When you are done print the document.

8.) Then open the file “Revised Document Using Auto Correct.”  Your print out should look exactly the same as this. 

9.) When you are done close the file.



Homework 6


Using Grammar Check:  Grammar check is an integral tool in the Microsoft Word program.  It gives your documents a more professional look and feel.  It is especially useful when writing documents when you are in college.  For instance, when writing a letter to your English professor, it is inexcusable to have grammatical errors within your document.  It would reflect poorly on you and reduce your professor’s confidence in your work.  Therefore having a grammatically correct document is essential not only for your own learning, but for your reputation as a developing student.  In this exercise you will correct a document that has already been prepared.


1.) Open the document with the filename “Letter to My Professor.doc”

2.) First save the file as “Revised Letter to My Professor.doc”

3.) Read through the letter.  You should recognize errors in the text.

4.) Notice the indicators that show grammatical errors.  These are the green lines underneath words and phrases.

5.) Run the Grammar Check tool.

6.) Correct all the errors

7.) Reread the letter and make sure that everything sounds correct.

8.) Save the file once again.



Homework 7


Using the Thesaurus Tool:  The Thesaurus Tool is also a very useful tool in the Microsoft Word program.  It allows you to find synonyms and antonyms which can make your document sound much more professional.  For example, the word “superior” sounds more professional than the word “better.”  In college it is crucial to have work that sounds as professional as it looks.  In this exercise, you will open up a Word document and you will use the Thesaurus to find proper synonyms for the highlighted words.


1.) Open the document with the filename “Office Summary.doc”

2.) First save the file as “Revised Office Summary.doc”

3.) Notice the highlighted words.

4.) Use the Thesaurus to find synonyms for the highlighted words.

5.) Make sure that the words you select make the document sound more professional and that the words also make the document flow nicely.




Programs: Microsoft Word