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      02.02.2004 14:23

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      Word Rules - Advantages: More features, In office and worksuite - Disadvantages: No feature to allow to save as PDF

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      10.06.2003 20:47
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      Microsoft Word 2000 is the only word processor that I have used on a PC as the bulk of my computer experience has been on the Amiga platform and its associated word processors and for a short spell at college on the AppleMac platform some ten years ago. But words really do come easy on this excellent word processor as it has all the features that are required by not just the amateur wordsmith but also by the professional writer. As an out and out novice on Word 2000 but experienced in word processors on the Amiga it was easy enough to find the basic functions, as the jargon was the same. Finding those extra features didn?t come quite so easy but I had the ?Office Assistant? to help out whenever needed. My ?Office Assistant?, called Clippit, lurks wherever you want to put him and is an animated paper clip although there are several to choose from like Genius an Einstein like figure, Links a cat, Rocky a dog and F1 a robot with more available as a download. Just click on the assistant, type in your query and within a few seconds you are pointed in the right direction for the answer. When you first open the processor Clippit, in the shape of a bike, rides in on a piece of paper as the road and then transforms into a paper clip with two bulging eyes and bushy eyebrows ready to serve his master, the typist. When you close down Word 2000, Clippit reverts back to his bike form and rides off screen taking the paper with him. In between times he is an animated character who, if you stop typing for a minute or two will coil down and go to sleep. He may even form himself into a bed but those bulging eyes keep a watchful lookout waiting for you to make a move. There are times when he acts like a dog and wags his tail or scratches his head if you stop half way through a word. When saving a document Clippit will have a real duck fit, tie himself in knots, form a box, put the paper inside and slam the lid shut. All animations are accompanied by appropriate sound
      effects. But in whatever form Clippit is always around keeping a sharp lookout in case you need his services. It?s those eyes that tickle me, blinking shyly or staring wildly and together with the eyebrows he has a multitude of expressions. Adjusting the ?settings? to your own requirements isn?t too difficult once you have found where to look for them but Word 2000 is ready to use on opening so only some fine-tuning is needed, at least for the basic functions. In fact all I?ve had to do is set the page margins to my requirements. Across the top in the title bar is the drop down menus with every function to hand. (Word insists that it is ? is the drop down menus. I think that it should be ? are the drop down menus, but then I?m only a human) Underneath are a handful of tiny icons for the most used functions with some hidden ready for use if required. Next to these is the place for selecting the type of text, a selection of about 50 fonts and a range of sizes from 8 point to 72 point but you can type in any size that you wish to use. Further along you can select bold, italics or underlined and the justification of the text and the line spacing. On the extreme right you can set the page borders, highlight a particular piece of text in yellow and select one of forty colours to use. There is a ruler across the top marked in whatever measurement that has been set and it is on this ruler that you can click the mouse to set up a tab otherwise the tabs are pre-set and the place is shown in grey. Making your own tabs removes all the pre-set ones that precede it. If you want to remove your tab, click on the same place again, and whilst holding the mouse button down drag it off the ruler. There is also a ruler down the left side but I?m not sure what use this can be. Open a new page and type Dear Sir, and Mr Clippit shows a box and suggests that as you appear to be writing a letter would you like some help. Accept his offer and the letter Wiz
      ard puts in an appearance and you can make your selection. One feature that particularly appeals to me and at the same time drives me nuts is the automatic spelling and grammar checker. Words spelled wrongly are underlined with a red wavy line and grammar errors in green and as much as I bow to the superior knowledge of the programme I have to argue with some of the grammar quibbles. But deep in my heart I know that the programme is right so I give in and do as I?m told. Yet there is the odd occasion where Word has got it wrong, as demonstrated above. The ?smart cut and paste? option too is very useful once that I had got used to it. If you want to cut out a word and one space either side of it you only need to highlight the word as the ?smart? bit takes over and takes a space with it. The when you paste that same word between two other words old ?smart arse? puts a space in, in the right place. I have only mentioned a few of the functions but no doubt a newcomer to the word processing business will find out for him/herself all the extra little bits that there are. Position the mouse pointer over an icon and keep it still for a second or two and a small box will appear with a brief description of that function. The best advice I can give is to have a click on everything and see what comes up but take care not to alter any settings unless you are absolutely sure that you know what you are doing. Better still make a note of any alterations, then if things don?t work out you can always put things back as they were. Once you get used to using Word 2000 it is a joy to use and the best word processor I have ever used. Great for writing opinions that do not have spelling mistakes or grammar errors. But it still needs a watchful eye by the user to use the right word as in their and there or to and too or bare and bear and the like. Finally if you want to be able to type accented letters like in Nestlé or Lódz press AltGr and the
      letter in question to get what you want. Or go to the menu at the top and click on Insert, then select Symbol and in the box that pops up you have all the strange letters that you will ever be likely to need and then some. Over 1,000 in all such as: ° ± ² ³ µ » ¼ ½ ¾ Æ ç ó ò ô õ ö ÷ n u u u Ω

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        14.09.2001 16:22
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        At the moment, I use MS Word 97 as my main word-processor, but, when I have used Word 2000, I have found it to be an easy-to-use successsor to Word 97. There are some features that I like in both the programs -- one is the Document Outline mode. This feature is one that would be a boon for anyone who intends to make a thesis, dissertation, sermon, report or any other long document. This allows you to work out the key topics in a document so you can make sure that you have your bases covered. The first step is to enter this mode then write out the heading, then the primary subheadings then, under each subheading, all of the lower headings. Then you go into normal mode and write your text. Another feature that Z admire is the "Auto-Correct" mode that handles most common spelling mistakes which can occur if you are prone to type too quickly. As well, the other so-called IntelliSense features such as automatic date insertion can help you in working on your documents easily. Also, I admire the "reduced-clutter" menu behaviours that help you to concentrate on what you want to do with the program. I would consider that MS Word is to be classed as a standard word-processor on Windows-based equipmemt. Also, I would recommend that users look into implementing the 80:20 provisions in their MS Office licence agreement and install this program on their laptop computers, especially if they write a lot of documents while travelling. But don't try to think of it as a desktop-publishing tool.

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          04.09.2001 06:23
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          All of the applications that I am talking about are incorarated in Microsoft Word 2000. The two pieces of software that everybody can find a use for in a home office are a word processor and a spreadsheet. Word processors can be used for all kinds of documents: letter's, promotional material, invoices, price lists and personalised mail. Their design and layout tools and ability to check your spelling mean that if you DON'T use one , you will be at a disadvantage in a world where people have come to expect high standards of presentation. A spreadsheets main job is to record data. Data in the form of numbers can have maths performed on it, and data in the form of lists can be counted,collated and formatted before bieng printed. In the days when PC's were to expensive for personal use, the ability to run accounts was the reason most businesses gave for buying one. But for home-based business users with a small number of clients an accounts package may not be as useful as a spreadsheet for recording business transactions. If your business depends on having a PC up and running at all times, you should install anti-virus software. Another useful utility is a Zip manager, especially if you'll recieved compressed files via email or the Net. To keep track of your time you need a personal information manager (PIM) and anyone in sales needs a contact manager. If you have to organise other people's time then you might throw in a project manager and database too. Two applications that were once the stuff of science fiction are now becoming commonplace; optical character recognition and voice recognition. Optical-character recognition (OCR) is the process of converting a copy of a document produced by a scanner into text that can be edited and saved. Voice recognition means operating a PC by talking into a microphone, either as a means of inputting text or a
          s an alternative to using mouse and menu commands. OCR is virtually foolproof and is nearly always prefer able to retyping long documents. Voice recognition is an interesting novelty that is useful in a number of situations but more trouble than it's worth for the average user.

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          15.08.2001 01:19

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          Microsoft word is very useful. I always use it to create web pages then I put them on microsoft frontpage. You can insert sounds, pictures, clipart from the microsoft clipart gallery. Microsoft word has over 5,000 langagues, which helps if you are in a high school or whatever, and need to do something like write an essay in french. You can also print web pages as well as publishing them. You can put decorated borders, animated text, huge 3D words etc. I sometimes use word to make templates for my site, or send them to my friends, for them to use. Word's an excellent program, it's worth buying. You can also email the document to your friend or whoever, to finish off, or send it to them as a web page. It also has a spelling and grammer check. I love microsoft word, and you will too. It's something every computer should have, and it usually comes along with about ten other programs, like microsoft script editor, microsoft access etc.

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          17.07.2001 20:06
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          Microsoft Word 2000 a recent version of the popular and successful word processor from Microsoft (it has been superceded by Word XP, but as yet this is new and untested). From the early days of Microsoft, when they produced a package called MS Works, it was evident that the potential for word processors was great and it became a competition between Microsoft and Wordperfect to produce the best package. (There were other software companies that were in the competition, for example Wordstar was a very good word processor, but many of these couldn’t compete against the likes of Microsoft.) Whereas Wordperfect concentrated on functionality, involving complex keystrokes to perform advanced functions, Microsoft took a more simple approach to allow the novice the ability to use most of the advance features. Microsoft began to aggressively develop products that looked and felt the same to allow users have a very small learning curve when trying new products. As Word progressed through the nineties it became more powerful while still keeping the simple functionality. So what is a word processor? In simple terms it is a utility that allows you to process words! I.e. you can type words and format them to produce various formats such as letters, newsletters, invoices etc. Word has too many functions to cover in an opinion, however here are the main functions:- Formatting ---------- Word allows you to format your text easily and quickly. Standard functions include:- changing fonts, changing the size of your text, bolding text, coloring text, underlining text, shading text, etc. Additionally Word gives you the ability to indent your text, bullet your text, align your text in many ways (including vertically and horizontally), rotate your text. Using some of the utilities it is possible to add shadows, stretch your words, shade your words etc. The beauty about word is that all these fun
          ctions can be done with the click of a button, or by going to a menu item. The menus are very intuitive and easy to use. Formatting is perhaps one of the strengths of Word as it is easy to produce stunning documents quickly; most beginners will be able to do much of this design work without going into all the complexities of Word. Wizards ------- To save much time, Word comes with many pre-defined wizards. Ranging from letter and forms, to manuals, and financial documents, the wizards cover most documents that you will need in an office. Each wizard is customizable allowing you to input your company information (e.g. address etc), add a company Logo, or generally change to your needs. The wizards ensure that beginners can use much of the power of Word without having to have a detailed expertise of the product. Sharing Information ------------------- As with all Microsoft products, it is easy and quick to share information with other applications, or to import information from other applications. Often I write a report and am able to insert an extract from a spreadsheet or a graph designed in a spreadsheet. This allows for richer and well-presented reports to be created from various sources. As with many Microsoft products there are some problems with this; for example transferring a report into Word from Access can be problematical with the loss of formatting being a predominant problem. Additionally Word allows you insert hundreds of different items, ranging from simple pictures, to animations and sound. (although these will not print!!!). The method of adding these items is very simple and allows you to resize them quickly and easily. Mail Merge ---------- One of the more powerful features of Word, mail merge allows you to merge a list of names and addresses into a document, allowing for quick and easy dissemination of many letters without having to re-type the letter many times. <
          br> Your list of addresses can be in another document or in a database. Although the method can be a little cumbersome at times, it is a very popular and powerful feature that is a must for a busy office. The procedure can be a little confusing the first time it is attempted but the results are well worth the work. Spell Check, Thesauras and Grammar ---------------------------------- Many of us cannot spell very well and our grammar is atrocious. Word provides tools to check your spelling and also has an advanced tool that will scan your document and suggest improvements to your grammar. Additionally there is an advanced thesaurus that will give you alternative words to the one you have chosen. Also, word has the ability to spell check etc in different languages. It is fairly simple to change languages and generally only requires you to change a library or dictionary file. Conclusion ---------- The beauty of Word is that it is very easy to use. All users will be able to produce some very good documents. The advantage is that beginner users will be able to get a lot out of the product without even touching any of the advanced options. Advanced users will be able to get to the advanced options quickly and easily. Although Word is not the best Word Processor in the world it allows for easy integration and produces some very good documents with a minimum of effort.

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            05.06.2001 06:29
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            Microsoft Word is probably the most popular word processing software in the world, and has been throughout all its various incarnations over the years. There are those who moan about it, saying that there are better applications, but I have to say that there will always be such people for whom snob vale is the important thing rather than the substance and reality of the real world. Word is an outstandlingly good program and has all the bells and whistles that you could possibly want. Now admittedly, in common with most of the bloated Microsoft suite of programs there tends to be issues and you get more than you actually want, but setting that aside (and the new generation of PC's with their massive amounts of RAM and hard disk space make it not quite the moan it used to be), there are few thinbgs which you could find to moan about with the Word package. It's powerful and flexible and can do things which are far beyond the capability of normal word procesisng programs. I cut my word processing teeth on MultiMate Advantage, which is a very obscure program indeed these days, and similarly Lotus' program is strictly off limits these days. Word is clean and well designed and efficient, even though many of the style formats, tabs and special facilities do get a bit tricky at times, and are more trouble than they're worth. Why even in the last two days I've seen playing around with styles waste me hours worth of work and mean that I've had to put my original document in the bin and start all over again as FRUSTRATION set in...

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              03.06.2001 19:56
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              The auto correct function in word has to be one of the best features in it. Just type in what you want to type in to word, what you want word to change it to and you are away. For example: Whenever you type u, have it change it to you, and change t to the, it is so simple. Found in the tools menu it takes hours off lengthy essays. The best thing about it, though, is that it is there already for all to use and few people realise this!

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                28.05.2001 05:22
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                I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of rreaders of this opinion are using Microsoft Windows, and no doubt most of you are viewing this page with Microsoft Internet Explorer, so we should all know that Microsoft is a top-quality and very reliable and successful company. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office are a credit to Bill Gates' company, Word is one of the most recognisable programs and has everything you could ever want in a Word Processor as well as much more. Some of the features include Spell Check, Grammar Check, Word Count, automatic formatting, easy installation and much more. Word is easy to use even for beginners to computers, yet it has many advanced tools available. You can insert Wordart, Clipart, Images, and any other files you wish to include. Whether you're writing a letter or your homework, Word is the best program to use.

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                  03.05.2001 05:04
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                  Microsoft Office truly is a genius software package. The basics include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. The most commonly used is Word and the best version (until XP) is the 2000 edition. You can create simple letters, coursework, and even web pages. The best feature of Word is its simplicity. A child (or any newbie) can learn to use in a matter of minutes, whilst it has a plethora of options available for the more experienced. A brilliant feature is the spell checker, apart from catching typos and misuse of grammar it can help people who are not very good at or just can't spell. It can help stop you from embarrassing in official business too. The style of your writing can be played about with to get exactly to your liking. You can change the font in numerous ways, such as Font name, size, bold, italic, underline, and colour. Other features include easy to use/make lists, insert non-alphanumeric characters and play about with the layout. Microsoft office has been built to enable the use of all the different software, so tables from Excel, pictures from PowerPoint can be inserted into a word document with relative ease. There a couple of tools which I like to use and which I find to be very helpful. Word count – if you click on Tools>>Word count you will see a breakdown of your document. It includes the number of words typed, pages, characters (with and without spaces), number of paragraphs and number of lines. This is very useful when doing a piece of work, which needs to have a maximum/minimum word count. Sometimes you will see words or lines underlined with a green or red jagged line. The green highlights any grammar errors, whilst the red shows any spelling mistakes or unrecognised words. It can be quite annoying when your address is shown to be spelt wrong so you can add that to your dictionary and it won’t be seen as an error anymore! If you press F7 it brings up your spelling and grammar
                  check. At the top of word you have a selection of drop down menus. Each menu offers a couple of functions, if you hold the mouse on the arrow (>> pointing downwards) it will bring up the full range of each menu. The idea is that you will only have the most commonly used functions at hand but the rest are there without taking up too much screen space. Just below this is buttons for the most common functions – stuff you shall use almost every time you use word. Such as B (Bold), I (Italic) and U (underline). To increase your speed that little bit more most common functions have short cut keys using the above examples Ctrl+B for Bold, Ctrl+I for Italic and Ctrl+U for underline. Pressing it once starts the function whilst pressing again will turn it off. The page layout can be changed such as the margins and whether you want the page to be in landscape or portrait. There is a lot of help available in the actual Help files and the maligned Office Assistant. Some people love ’em and some people well, set ’em to hide, however the Office 2000 is the last chance you have of keeping it. As of the XP range it will be no more. Rest in Virtual Peace Assistant. Microsoft have a monopoly over the IT industry as a whole which does actually have some benefits!! It is because of this that Word is so commonly used that many people can use it and show others how to. In my opinion Word 2000 is the best word processor money can buy and with all its features it will easily handle almost all the jobs you will use it for. I always use it to write my opinions and you probably should too! A final brilliant feature is the Synonym tool – it can be found by highlighting a word then right clicking, then selecting Synonyms – it will then bring up a list of similar words enabling to vary your vocabulary. For example – I like Word - like can be changed to: ‘similar to’ or ‘akin to’ or whatever you think
                  is most appropriate. There is a site on the internet which has a funny example of how the Spellchecker isn't 100% accurate. If I find the URL I will update this op or if anyone knows it please drop a comment. ==== MMUK ====

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                    10.03.2001 03:07
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                    Microsoft Word I can imagine a lot of you are like me and use Microsoft Word for writing many of your reviews, especially for the old spelling and grammar that we know dooyoo are so strict about, but beware this is not always correct. Microsoft Word is a very clever word processing program that comes along with Microsoft Office 2000. There are many uses for the program and I will outline the features I use most below. When you first launch into Word you are automatically presented with a fresh new work page, this is represented as an A4 piece of paper and can be viewed on your desktop whatever way you choose, again more on this later. A tool bar appears along the top of the screen and below I will outline each heading and the tasks I frequently use. - File Under this heading I use quite a few features: - New If I am working on a Word document and need another one open for say copy & paste I will select this from either the file section or by the picture of a piece of paper located on the toolbar. This will open up a new document in the format of my choice – there are several formats that are basic templates i.e. Memo or Fax. - Open This is represented by an icon of a folder and is for opening up an existing word document that you have saved to your computers memory; this can also be initiated from the tool bar. - Save As This is for saving any documents that you have been working on to your computer. I always use this option as this gives you the choice to change the file name to that of your choice. Where as if you choose save this will save the document to your computer automatically and the likely event is you will not know where and what it is called. After initially using save as any updates I will then use save because I now know where my file is saved. These are the main features that I use under the file heading and there are several more, th
                    at I sometimes use and some that I never touch! Next heading on the toolbar is: - Edit Again there are several options available under this heading that I use they are as follows: - Copy This is when you need to take a piece of information and store it to a hidden clipboard and recall for it later in the document or post it onto another document within Word or another Microsoft Office 2000 program, such as Excel, Power Point or Outlook. - Paste This is the function that you will use to recall for the information as described above. Both of these functions also have quick access icons on the customised tool bars without actually having to access the Edit function. - Undo and Redo These are straightforward and do exactly as they say. For example say you do a copy and a paste and you think it does not look right, you can quickly hit undo and the action will be reversed. If you change you mind and think it looks okay you can click redo and this will carry out the action again. Again both of these functions are available on the customised tool bar for ease of use. - View Under this heading you can change the way the document appears in your desk space. I like to use the Print layout option as I can set the document to how it would as an A4 sheet enabling me to know how exactly my completed work will be. You can also use zoom this function allows you to either zoom in or out of your document and the purpose of it I was never to sure, but now that my eyes are getting old and weary I have found it can be useful. These are the only functions I ever use under the view heading but again there are many more for you to play with. - Insert I have never really found much use for any of the functions in this section, as I have never really explored them all that much. I have, however, used the auto text function and set up that if
                    it appears I am going to type my name it will automatically pick this up and finish it for me. You can set this up for any frequently used phrases or words i.e. say your company name etc. I sometimes when preparing team newsletters for work use insert picture, this allows you to place a picture either from your files or clipart or any other source directly onto your document. There are many other features such as insert Date and Time, Page Numbers, Symbols or Header and Footer notes. - Format Format is probably the most featured heading on the customised tool bar, everything you find under this heading is commonly found on the customised tool bar. The most prominent ones being: - Fonts of which there are many. - Borders and shading of which there are several options - Bullets and numbering. - Paragraphs These are the features that are more than likely to be used for word processing and will help you to prepare your document the way you would like it to look. There are endless features within format that I could not even begin to explain as I have never even approached them and often think are they necessary? I am sure they have a use for some people. - Tools Again this is a heading I use very few functions from the main one I use is spelling and grammar our favourites when writing a glowing review a saviour if you ask me! Spelling and grammar is a user-friendly icon on the customised tool bar also so there is limited use for me with the tool heading. On the odd occasion I will use the thesaurus for checking the use of words and I like to check my word count to ensure I have safely managed to get over the maximum amount of words allowed per review, I think I can safely say I have! - Table This is simply for inserting tables into your document and has been known to surface from time to time when I am using Word but not t
                    hat often. I can use the basic features such as Insert Cells, Delete Cells and Select Cells; any of the rest of it is really double Dutch and just being honest. I am sure it is an excellent feature and can be used for many wonderful things but as I am a basic user the function eludes me somewhat. - Window and Help These are the two remaining features that are headed on Word and are very rarely used, I sometimes use the help function to find out how to do something and have found it to be very easy to follow and better than any book that you may buy to help you learn the package. I use it mainly in the other functions that require a bit more skill. I have never used the window function but from using Excel I know that you can switch between documents using this function. Also you can set up how documents will appear on the screen i.e tiled or cascading for those in the know. Pretty much most of the functions can be accessed from the customised tool bar at the top of your workspace or where ever you wish the tool bar to appear the choice is yours. There are 100’s of other features within the package that will help you produce not only professional but fun documents. I have produced many a team newsletter using Word and have found the program a delight to work with. I am just a poor basic user and these are some my handy hints to you for basic use. Go on have some fun and be creative.

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                      15.02.2001 23:59
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                      Microsoft Word 2000 can either be purchased as part of MS Office 2000 or as a stand alone program. It's primary function is to allow the user to input text and edit that text in order to display it in a particular way. Word also has a range of other features, these include tabulation, mail merge and basic graphic editing and display. I use MS Word to produce reports, write letters and CV's and tabulate my accounts by integrating MS Excel into Word. MS Word, if you consider all the verisons, is the most popular word processor used by millions accross the world. Its popularity is based on its easy-of-use. It has a really simple interface that can be customized to suit the users needs. It is also popular because it has a wide range of extra features that meet the demands of an advanced user. It works very well as part of the Office package as it integrates very well with all the other popular programs. I find MS Word very useful for basic HTML editing too, it now includes a web-publishing facility. Although it is very basic, it is an excellent way to start off your very own website. I believe MS Word is undoubtedly the best word-processor avaiable and with its continuous development, it will continue to hold its popularity for many years to come.

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                      UPDATE At the end of my original opinion I bemoaned the fact that I could not find how to type in all those accented letters but it was staring me in the face for all these months. Go to the menu at the top and click on Insert, then select Symbol and in the box that pops up you have all the strange letters that you will ever be likely to need and then some. Over 1,000 in all such as: ° ± ² ³ µ » ¼ ½ ¾ Æ ç ó ò ô õ ö ÷ ň ũ ū ű Ω ف ♠ ♣ ♥ END OF UPDATE Microsoft Word 2000 is the only word processor that I have used on a PC as the bulk of my computer experience has been on the Amiga platform and its associated word processors and for a short spell at college on the AppleMac platform some ten years ago. But words really do come easy on this excellent word processor as it has all the features that are required by not just the amateur wordsmith but also by the professional writer. As an out and out novice on Word 2000 but experienced in word processors on the Amiga it was easy enough to find the basic functions, as the jargon was the same. Finding those extra features didn’t come quite so easy but I had the “Office Assistant” to help out whenever needed. My “Office Assistant”, called Clippit, lurks wherever you want to put him and is an animated paper clip although there are several to choose from like Genius an Einstein like figure, Links a cat, Rocky a dog and F1 a robot with more available as a download. Just click on the assistant, type in your query and within a few seconds you are pointed in the right direction for the answer. When you first open the processor Clippit, in the shape of a bike, rides in on a piece of paper as the road and then transforms into a paper clip with two bulging eyes and bushy eyebrows ready to serve his master, the typist. When you close down Word 2000, Clippit reverts back to his bike form and rides off screen taking the pa
                      per with him. In between times he is an animated character who, if you stop typing for a minute or two will coil down and go to sleep. He may even form himself into a bed but those bulging eyes keep a watchful lookout waiting for you to make a move. There are times when he acts like a dog and wags his tail or scratches his head if you stop half way through a word. When saving a document Clippit will have a real duck fit, tie himself in knots, form a box, put the paper inside and slam the lid shut. All animations are accompanied by appropriate sound effects. But in whatever form Clippit is always around keeping a sharp lookout in case you need his services. It’s those eyes that tickle me, blinking shyly or staring wildly and together with the eyebrows he has a multitude of expressions. Adjusting the “settings” to your own requirements isn’t too difficult once you have found where to look for them but Word 2000 is ready to use on opening so only some fine-tuning is needed, at least for the basic functions. In fact all I’ve had to do is set the page margins to my requirements. Across the top in the title bar is the drop down menus with every function to hand. (Word insists that it is – is the drop down menus. I think that it should be – are the drop down menus, but then I’m only a human) Underneath are a handful of tiny icons for the most used functions with some hidden ready for use if required. Next to these is the place for selecting the type of text, a selection of about 50 fonts and a range of sizes from 8 point to 72 point but you can type in any size that you wish to use. Further along you can select bold, italics or underlined and the justification of the text and the line spacing. On the extreme right you can set the page borders, highlight a particular piece of text in yellow and select one of forty colours to use. There is a ruler across the top marked in whatever measurement that has
                      been set and it is on this ruler that you can click the mouse to set up a tab otherwise the tabs are pre-set and the place is shown in grey. Making your own tabs removes all the pre-set ones that precede it. If you want to remove your tab, click on the same place again, and whilst holding the mouse button down drag it off the ruler. There is also a ruler down the left side but I’m not sure what use this can be. Open a new page and type Dear Sir, and Mr Clippit shows a box and suggests that as you appear to be writing a letter would you like some help. Accept his offer and the letter Wizard puts in an appearance and you can make your selection. One feature that particularly appeals to me and at the same time drives me nuts is the automatic spelling and grammar checker. Words spelled wrongly are underlined with a red wavy line and grammar errors in green and as much as I bow to the superior knowledge of the programme I have to argue with some of the grammar quibbles. But deep in my heart I know that the programme is right so I give in and do as I’m told. Yet there is the odd occasion where Word has got it wrong, as demonstrated above. The “smart cut and paste” option too is very useful once that I had got used to it. If you want to cut out a word and one space either side of it you only need to highlight the word as the “smart” bit takes over and takes a space with it. The when you paste that same word between two other words old “smart arse” puts a space in, in the right place. I have only mentioned a few of the functions but no doubt a newcomer to the word processing business will find out for him/herself all the extra little bits that there are. Position the mouse pointer over an icon and keep it still for a second or two and a small box will appear with a brief description of that function. The best advice I can give is to have a click on everything and see what comes up but take
                      care not to alter any settings unless you are absolutely sure that you know what you are doing. Better still make a note of any alterations, then if things don’t work out you can always put things back as they were. Once you get used to using Word 2000 it is a joy to use and the best word processor I have ever used. Great for writing opinions that do not have spelling mistakes or grammar errors. But it still needs a watchful eye by the user to use the right word as in their and there or to and too or bare and bear and the like. Finally if you want to be able to type accented letters like in Nestlé or Lódz press AltGr and the letter in question to get what you want. I’m not sure how you would get them if you haven’t got AltGr. In my word processor on the Amiga I was able to access all the characters that were accented whether the accent was above or below the character. So far I have been unable to find this facility on Word, except for áéíóú, so if anyone knows how to get at such characters I’d be very grateful if they would let me know. The German U or u with two little dots over the top for instance. Greek letters and the like. One of my word processors on the Amiga could read out loud as you typed. I don’t think that Word can do that, but then who would want it to.

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                        When I first got my PC it had Word 2000, preloaded onto it. But I was already very familia with Word 97. I was perfectly happy with 97 and was able to use it to some extent. But I'm so happythat 2000 was on mine because I love it so much more!! Everything about it is just so much better. For examle the vclip art is great. Yeas it may not come with that many but you can add loads to it or download them. The setup of Clipart is so much more easier to use as well, with clear icons and instructions. Better office assistance (Something you have to use a lot, if you are like me!) providing you with more needed infomation. I must say it that I love this version of Word and it makes me cringe when I have to use 97 at school or whever. I would definatly recomend this programme. Most new PC's come with it pre loaded. Let me know if you like it or hate it! Thanks for Reading

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                          If you have word 97 or 2000 then you will probably agree with me that’s it well worth having. I had Windows 98 but no Word, it was such a hassle. Notepad was so inferior, it made you appreciate Word. It has no spell check or any of the accessories of Word. I think Word must be the most accomplished package available, it contains a lot useful features such as spell check, how useful is that when you’re doing Dooyoo, it saves spelling mistakes. You can create borders, tables, charts, change the font and even add shapes and drawings. It’s just one of the best packages available, it includes letter wizards and even C.V wizards, you can create a memorandums. It allows you to insert Microsoft excel worksheet. You have the option of adjusting margins, adding bullet points even number points which is useful when you are writing a list. I like the way it automatically saves it’s useful and avoids work being lost and the way it auto corrects spelling mistakes. You can prove your assignments by checking grammar mistakes. If you are new to Microsoft Word it has an excellent help index which includes:  Contents and Index  What’s this  Microsoft on the web  Word perfect Help If you have Notepad then I would seriously recommend you Word 97 or 2000, you won’t believe how much easy it is.

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                          Microsoft Word 2000 was designed to be the easiest way to create common Web, e-mail and print documents around the world. Microsoft Word is currently the application of choice for creating print documents. Word 2000 embraces HTML as a first-class file format and extends Word's industry-leading ease of use to the Web and e-mail. Word 2000 also extends that ease of use to international users, making it easy to create multilingual documents.

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                          Product Description: Microsoft Word 2000 - complete package
                          Category: Office applications
                          Subcategory: Office applications - word processor
                          Licence Type: Complete package
                          Licence Qty: 1 user
                          Licence Pricing: OEM
                          Language(s): English
                          Platform: Windows
                          Distribution Media: CD-ROM
                          OS Required: Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP3 or later
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