Word Processing refers to the act of using a computer to create, edit, save and print documents. In order to perform word processing, specialized software (known as a “word processor”) is needed. One example of a word processor is Microsoft Word, but other word processing applications are also widely used. Examples include: Microsoft Works Word Processor, Open Office Writer, Word Perfect and Google Drive Document.
These programs allow users to create a wide variety of documents including (but certainly not limited to) reports, letters, memos, newsletters and brochures. In addition to typing text, the word processor allows the user to add content such as pictures, tables, and charts to your documents as well as decorative items including borders and clipart.
The editing and formatting capabilities of the word processor demonstrate the application’s true power. Text can be inserted, edited, moved, copied, or deleted within your document and the appearance of the text can be modified in numerous ways. Most word processors also give you the ability to check your spelling and grammar and many have built-in dictionaries and other tools to assist you in your writing.
The remainder of this lesson will introduce you to a few of the basic concepts and functions of word processing and then provide you with links to tutorials which will assist you in expanding your skills using Microsoft Word, the standard word processing software application at most campuses.