Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Introduction to MS Word 2010 and Its New features

Word 2010 is a word processor that allows you to create various types of documents such as letters, papers, flyers, and faxes.In Word 2010, there have been some features that are new or have been re-added and some features that have been removed from past versions of Word. The biggest visual change has been the replacement of the Office 2003 Command Line (File Edit View Insert…) for The Ribbon. The Office Button in Office 2007 has gone away and replaced by the File Tab. 

Word 2010 is a bit different from earlier versions, so even if you've used Word before you should take some time to familiarize yourself with the interface. The toolbars are similar to those in Word 2007, and they include the Ribbon and the Quick Access toolbar. Unlike Word 2007, commands such as Open and Print are housed in Backstage view, which replaces the Microsoft Office button

The W Button

This button was removed in Office 2007 and makes its return in 2010. This button is convenient in that you can Minimize, Maximize or Close Word without having to traverse your mouse across the entire screen to the right corner to perform these same actions. With our monitors getting larger, this is a nice feature.

The Ribbon

The Ribbon is designed to replace the menus and toolbars of Office 2003. The goal of the Ribbon is to keep commands visually up front so that they are easy to access as you work.

  menus and toolbars of Office 2003


Office Ribbon 2010

The new tabbed Ribbon system was introduced in Word 2007 to replace traditional menus. The Ribbon contains all of the commands you'll need in order to perform common tasks. It contains multiple tabs, each with several groups of commands, and you can add your own tabs that contain your favorite commands. Some groups have an arrow in the bottom-right corner that you can click to see even more commands.


The Ribbon is divided into what are called Groups (Clipboard, Font, Paragraph and Styles, etc.). Each Group has a triangular icon in the lower right hand corner. Clicking this will bring up an additional menu window. For example, clicking the triangle in the Font group brings up the classic Font options window.

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