Alignment Guide

A green vertical or horizontal line that displays when you are moving or sizing an object to assist with proper placement

Artistic Effects

Formats applied to images that make pictures resemble sketches or paintings

Blank Document

A starting point for creating a new document in Microsoft Word


A regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style


Booting is the process of turning on the computer and powering up the system.

Bulleted List

A list of items in no particular order that are preceded by a bullet for emphasis and organization


Text symbols such as small circles that precede each item in a bulleted list


The intersection of a row and column in a table

Check Box

A small box which can be clicked to indicate a check is turned on or off to indicate an on or off response

Color Saturation

Intensity of the color; higher saturation makes a picture look more vivid, lower saturation makes the colors look more grey

Cover Letter

A letter of introduction that highlights key points in the resume that follows


Informally as dot-dot-dot, is a series of dots that indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning. When selected, additional options appear

Em Dash

A punctuation symbol that indicates and explanation or emphasis


Placeholders that store and display data, and can perform simple tasks like returning the page number or current date and time


The bottom margin of each page

Format Painter

Allows you to copy formatting from one item and apply it to another

Formatting Marks

Characters that display on the screen but do not print, indicating where the Enter key, the Spacebar, and Tab key were pressed, also called non printing characters


Specifies the distance between where the lines in a paragraph start in relation to the left or right margins

Inside Address

The name and address of the person of business received the letter, positioned below the date line

Keyboard Shortcut

One or more keys used to perform a menu function or other common functions

Layout Options

Picture formatting options that control the manner in which text wraps around a picture or other object


The space between tab stops can show a line, dots or dashes to line up information and guide the reader


The heading at the top of a sheet of letter paper that typically includes name and address or company logo.

Lock Anchor

A feature in word that allows you to move your image to any position on the same page as the anchor paragraph which forces the object to stay in that position


Appears whenever you right-click text in Word, Excel or PowerPoint and provides a quick-access version of the Font group on the Home tab, plus a few extra buttons from other groups


A printed or electronic report containing news regarding updates for an organization or business and is sent to interested parties

One-Click Row/Column Insertion

A feature in Word tables that allows users to insert a new row or column by pointing to the desired location and then clicking once

Page Border

A decorative border that appears outside the margins on each page and can be solid, dashed, or an artistic style


Images or graphics that are stored locally on a computer or flash drive and can be uploaded to a document to add visual interest

Present Online

A Word feature that allows you to share your documents online using a web browser

Quick Access Toolbar

Located above the Ribbon (top-left) and provides access to commonly used features and commands, such as Save and Undo/Redo, and is customizable

Quick Styles

An efficient way to add effects to a picture such as shape, border, and other effects


A formal document that provides an overview of professional qualifications for an employment opportunity

Resume Assistant

A feature in Word where you can see suggestions from LinkedIn to enhance your resume

Save As Dialog Box

Allows the user specify the drive, directory, and name of a file to save their file

Screen Clipping

Allows you to capture an image from your screen

Shape Effects

A grouping of coordinating effects that can be applied to a shape including shadows, glows, reflections, soft edges, bevels, and three-dimensional (3-D) rotations

Shape Outline

Allows you to change the outline color, weight (thickness), and style of a the outline surrounding a shape

Shape Styles

Allows you to apply preset colors and effects to quickly change the appearance of your shape


Lines, arrows, starts, banners, ovals, rectangles, and other basic shapes with which you can illustrate an idea, a process or a workflow


A way to enhance picture details or make pictures more appealing by removing unwanted blemishes on a picture

Small Caps

Allows you to capture an image from your screen


Horizontal position which is set for placing and aligning text on a page

Special Character

Normal characters that don't appear on standard keyboards; but once inserted into a Word doc, they look the same as keyboard characters

Spelling and Grammar Check

Identifies spelling and grammatical errors and provides suggestions for correction

Square Text Wrapping

The manner in which text displays around an object

Tab Indicator

A button to the left of the ruler that provides tab marker options

Tab Stop

Horizontal position which is set for placing and aligning text on a page


An arrangement of information organized into rows and columns


Any word, phrase, or number string related to the file that may help you locate the file later

Text Box

A moveable, resizable container for text or graphics

Text Effects and Topography

Decorative formats, such as shadowed or colors that make text stand out

Toggle Button

A button that can be turned on and off by clicking it once to turn on, and clicking again to turn it off

Word Art

Gallery of text styles that you can add to your publications to create decorative effects, such as shadowed or mirrored (reflected) text

Word Processing

The act of using a computer program to create, edit and print documents

Word Processor

Software or a device that allows users to create, edit, and print documents


A free video sharing website


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