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Basic Document Creation, Storage, and Retrieval in Microsoft Word 2002

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In this article, learn the basic techniques you need in order to create, open, edit, and save documents in Word 2002.
This sample chapter is excerpted from Special Edition Using Microsoft Word 2002.

Creating New Documents

Now that you've completed your tour of the Word interface, it's time to get to work. In the rest of this chapter, you'll learn the basic techniques you need to create, open, edit, and save Word documents. In Chapter 4, "Quick and Effective Formatting Techniques," you'll build on what you learn here, understanding how to format the text you've created.

The first thing to do is create a new document. As you've already seen, Word opens with a blank document already displayed, ready for editing. At this point, you have several choices:

  • You can start working in the blank document that's already open, entering text and other elements. When you're ready, you can save the file as either a Word document or a Web page. (See the "Saving Your Documents" section, later in this chapter.)

  • You can start with one of Word's built-in templates, which may already contain some of the text and much of the formatting you need.

  • You can create a blank Web page or e-mail message.


Any time you want to create a new blank document, the quickest ways to do it are to click the New button on the Standard toolbar or to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N.

These commands create a blank document based on Word's default Normal template. If you use File, New instead, you can choose to create a document based on a different template.

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