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As an OU student you are likely to engage in a variety of writing tasks. You will almost certainly handle significant amounts of text and, depending on your module, perhaps also numbers or diagrams.
A word processor allows you to type text directly into your computer. You can then edit the content using functions such as
When writing by hand you have to carefully plan and draft your words. It is still important to plan when writing on a computer. When planning on a computer, it is advisable to
Once the document content is ready, you can change its appearance by adding text formatting such as bold or italics, or by changing the margins or the line spacing. In this way you can ensure that your work is in a form to suit its purpose. For example, you might be asked to use double spacing, or an extra wide margin so that a tutor can add their notes to your assignment.
Other functions that are particularly useful for assignments include spell check and word count.
These Demonstrations show you how to perform basic tasks with your word processing software. You can work through them in any order to improve your skills. Demonstrations will start playing automatically 5 to 10 seconds after you open them. Each demonstration provides a transcript of all instructions shown.