Word – Concept, meaning and historical review

We explain what Microsoft Word is, what it is for and why it is so useful for writing texts on the PC. Also, functions and features.

Word - Word processor
Word was created by Microsoft in 1981.

What is Microsoft Word?

Microsoft Word is a word processing computer software, one of the most used when working with digital documents, which was born from the hand of IBM in 1981.

The appearance of computers promoted the development of this word processor that facilitated the work of writing. The Word automated and improved the task of writing manuscripts since it allowed to review the writing as many times as necessary, to edit and reformulate it before the printing stage.

Word is a program chosen by a large number of users because it is a fairly simple processor. It belongs to the Office Suite and can be installed on computers with different operating systems.

Microsoft Word features

  • Allows the user to write texts, monographs, essays or articles, in a simple and orderly way.
  • Can be used with almost any operating system and it is one of the most used word processors in the world.
  • Has a desktop version, a web version and mobile app and tablets.
  • It uses resources from text and graphics.
  • Allows you to make documents that can be saved to the computer and printed.
  • It has different versionsas it is updated frequently.
  • Allows you to interact with other programs from the Office Package like Excel (in Word you can paste graphics and data from spreadsheets).

Microsoft Word functionalities

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word allows the user to write and edit texts.

Among the main tools in Word are:

  • Letter format. Allows you to choose between multiple fonts. Through the icons on the toolbar you can adjust the size, highlight in bold, underline or italicize any paragraph, sentence, word or character of the text.
  • Sheet size. Allows you to configure the size of the sheet and its arrangement, either vertical or horizontal.
  • Cut and paste text. By right-clicking the mouse, or using keyboard commands, a portion of the text can be cut or copied and pasted elsewhere in the document.
  • Images. Allows you to insert images to accompany the text.
  • Graphics. From the tools menu, it allows you to create explanatory tables to show data or statistics.
  • Boards. It allows you to create tables to capture information, you can also export a table already made in Microsoft Excel.
  • Spelling checker. It highlights in red or blue any typos or grammar and syntax errors that it detects.
  • Character counter. Count the characters or words in the written document.
  • Lists. It allows making lists and numbering from the bullet option in the tools menu.
  • Header and footer. It allows adding at the top or bottom of the document: title, author names or numbering.
  • Page number. Automatically number the pages of the document.
  • Paragraph format. Allows you to customize the text format through spacing, line spacing, paragraph marks or indentation, which are on the toolbar in the section: paragraph.
  • Footnotes. It allows adding additional information or data about some part of the text to the end of the page.
  • Change control. Records all corrections and changes made to the text.
  • Print. Lets you preview the document and print it.
  • Templates. Allows you to use pre-established layouts in which only the information is modified. There are templates for envelopes and labels.
  • Saved. Allows you to save the document in various formats.
  • Attendee. It has an assistant who solves any doubts that may arise during the execution of the program.

How do you access Word on the computer?

  • Make sure the Microsoft Word program is installed on the computer.
  • Double-click on the corresponding shortcut icon, which can be found in the Start menu – Microsoft Office or on the Desktop.
  • Begin with the writing of the brief.

What is Microsoft Excel?

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program Developed and released by Microsoft in 1985, it allows you to perform various types of operations and organize data.

Each Excel spreadsheet is made up of rows and columns divided into cells in which a large amount of information can be captured in little physical space.

This program is used mainly to: store information (numerical or not); perform operations between the information in the cells (such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division); create charts and graphs; execute statistical, logical, mathematical, engineering, financial operations; take averages; search for maximum and minimum values; among many others.