How to Create a document in Word

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Create a document. Open Word. Or, if Word is already open, select File > New. In the Search for online templates box, enter a search word like letter, resume, or invoice. Or, select a category under the search box like Business, Personal, or Education. Click a template to see a preview. Select Create.

Create a document in Word

With Word on your PC, Mac, or mobile device, you can:

  • Create documents from scratch, or a template.
  • Add text, images, art, and videos.
  • Research a topic and find credible sources.
  • Access your documents from a computer, tablet, or phone with OneDrive.
  • Share your documents, and work with others.
  • Track and review changes.

Create a document

  1. On the File tab, click New.
  2. In the Search for online templates box, enter the type of document you want to create and press ENTER.

Tip: To start from scratch, select Blank document. Or, for practice using Word features, try a learning guide like Welcome to WordInsert your first table of contents, and more.

Add and format text

  1. Place the cursor and type some text.
  2. To format, select the text and then select an option: BoldItalicBulletsNumbering, …

Add Pictures, Shapes, SmartArt, or a Chart

  1. Select the Insert tab.
  2. Select what you want to add:
    • Tables – select Tables, hover over the size you want, and select it.
    • Pictures – select Pictures, browse for the picture you want, and select Insert.
    • Online Pictures – select Online Pictures, search and choose the picture you want, and select Insert.
    • Shapes – select Shapes, and then select a shape from the drop-down.
    • Icons – select Icons, choose the one you want, and select Insert.
    • 3D Models – select 3D Models, choose from a file or online source, go to the image you want, and select Insert.
    • SmartArt – select SmartArt, choose a SmartArt Graphic, and select OK.
    • Chart – select Chart, select the chart you want, and select OK.
    • Screenshot – select Screenshot and select one from the drop-down.

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