Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is part of the Office suite of productivity products by Microsoft. Word, as the name suggest, is word processing software. In other words, Microsoft Word is an application that lets you write and format your content, the way you want with the help of an editor and a formatter. Microsoft Word has served the same purpose for many years and has synonymous with word processing in for most PC users.

Microsoft Word 2007

Microsoft Word has been introduced in many versions like Word 97, Word 2000, Microsoft Word 2003, etc. As of Feb. 2007, the latest version for PCs is Microsoft Word 2007. Mirosoft Word has always been a powerful program since its introduction from the beginning but now, with the introduction of Microsoft Word 2007, has brought a revolution in the history of computers. The latest version of Microsoft word includes many more features than ever expected to simplify the user’s experience and to provide them with the tools they require. Microsoft has introduced many new features and some of them are mentioned below:

  • New Views and New Tools -- Perhaps, this new version of Microsoft Word includes a new look and feel of the program making it more user friendly. The user interface of this program is very simple and all the important tools are present right in front of you without even making a search for them. Also, it includes a word count toolbar at the bottom that counts the details about your document i.e. the no. of characters, no. of words, etc.
  • Documents made better and faster -- Microsoft Word allows users to easily create documents by using templates and also, simplifies the guesswork, thereby providing your content in the least possible time and with an enhanced look.
  • Building Blocks -- Building blocks are the new tools introduced in Microsoft Word 2007 that is based on the idea of reusable content. If you have been using a picture, a statement or a piece of content again and again in your document, then you can use the new building block tool to save your content or picture as document parts. This way you save the time and trouble of creating, copying and pasting the same content or picture again and again.
  • Create professional graphics with SmartArt Graphics -- With the new SmartArt Graphics tool introduced in Microsoft Word 2007, you can create professional diagrams or any other form of graphics much easier and faster. This saves your time and money in finding a professional graphics designer to create your diagrams.

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Hardware Requirements for Microsoft Word 2007

Before you think of installing Microsoft Word 2007, you need to make sure that your computer meets the following requirements as suggested by Microsoft:

Minimum Requirements Recommended
Processor 500 MHz more than 500 MHz
Memory 256 MB 512 MB or higher
Hard Disk 1.5 GB of available space 1.5 GB of available space
Video Resolution of 1024 X 768 or higher Resolution of 1024 X 768 or higher

Macintosh Versions

The Macintosh version of Microsoft Word (and the entire Microsoft Office Suite) currently stands at Office 2004. These roughly correspond with the Mac equivalents of the Microsoft Office from 2003. It was announced at the January 2007 Macworld Expo that Mac users would have a new version of the Microsoft Office Suite (tentatively called Office 2008) by the second half of 2007.

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The Microsoft Office Suite

Microsoft Office contains many tools for business and personal productivity. These include a word processor (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), database management software (Access), and software for making dynamic presentations (PowerPoint).


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