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Word 2016 is designed to help you create professional-quality documents. Word can also help you organize and write documents more efficiently.

When you create a document in Word, you can choose to start from a blank document or let a template do much of the work for you. From then on, the basic steps in creating and sharing documents are the same. And Word's powerful editing and reviewing tools can help you work with others to make your document great.

Tip: To learn about new features, see What's new in Word 2016.

Start a document

It’s often easier to create a new document using a template instead of starting with a blank page. Word templates come ready-to-use with pre-set themes and styles. All you need to do is add your content.

Each time you start Word, you can choose a template from the gallery, click a category to see more templates, or search for more templates online.

For a closer look at any template, click it to open a large preview.

If you’d rather not use a template, click Blank document.

Open a document

Every time you start Word, you’ll see a list of your most recently used documents in the left column. If the document you’re looking for isn’t there, click Open Other Documents.

A list of the most recently used documents is shown.

If you’re already in Word, click File > Open and then browse to the file’s location.

When you open a document that was created in earlier versions of Word, you see Compatibility Mode in the title bar of the document window. You can work in compatibility more or you can upgrade the document to use Word 2016. 

Save a document

To save a document for the first time, do the following:

  1. On the File tab, click Save As.

  2. Browse to the location where you’d like to save your document.

    Note: To save the document on your computer, choose a folder under This PC or click Browse. To save your document online, choose an online location under Save As or click Add a Place. When your files are online, you can share, give feedback and work together on them in real time.

  3. Click Save.

    Note: Word automatically saves files in the .docx file format. To save your document in a format other than .docx, click the Save as type list, and then select the file format that you want.

To save your document as you continue to work on it, click Save in the Quick Access Toolbar.

The Save icon is displayed in the Quick Access Toolbar

Read documents

Open your document in Read Mode to hide most of the buttons and tools so you can get absorbed in your reading without distractions.

Read mode

  1. Open the document you want to read.

    Note: Some documents open in Read Mode automatically, such as protected documents or attachments.

  2. Click View > Read Mode.

  3. To move from page to page in a document, do one of the following:

    • Click the arrows on the left and right sides of the pages.

    • Press page down and page up or the spacebar and backspace on the keyboard. You can also use the arrow keys or the scroll wheel on your mouse.

    • If you’re on a touch device, swipe left or right with your finger.

      Tip: Click View > Edit Document to edit the document again.

Track changes

When you’re working on a document with other people or editing a document yourself, turn on Track Changes to see every change. Word marks all additions, deletions, moves, and formatting changes.

  1. Open the document to be reviewed.

  2. Click Review and then on the Track Changes button, select Track Changes.

    When you click the Track Changes button, the available options are highlighted

Read Track changes to learn more.

Print your document

All in one place, you can see how your document will look when printed, set your print options, and print the file.

  1. On the File tab, click Print.

    Print in the Backstage view

  2. Do the following:

    • Under Print, in the Copies box, enter the number of copies you want.

    • Under Printer, make sure the printer you want is selected.

    • Under Settings, the default print settings for your printer are selected for you. If you want to change a setting, just click the setting you want to change and then select a new setting.

  3. When you’re satisfied with the settings, click Print.

For details, see Print a document.

Beyond the basics

For more on the fundamentals of using Word, see What's new in Word 2016.

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With Word for the web, you use your web browser to create, view, and edit the personal documents that you store on OneDrive. If your organization or college has a Microsoft 365 plan or SharePoint site, start using Word for the web by creating or storing documents in libraries on your site.Save changes

Word saves your changes automatically. Look on the status bar at the bottom left corner of Word for the web. It will either show Saved or Saving.

Share documents online

Because your document is online, you can share it by sending a link instead of an email attachment. People can read it in their web browser or mobile device.

Click File > Share > Share with People.

Comment in the browser

A comment balloon shows where comments have been made in the doc.

Reply to comments, and check off items you’ve addressed.

Threaded comments in Word Online

Edit in the browser

If you try to type in the document and nothing happens, you’re probably in Reading view. Switch to Editing view: click Edit Document > Edit in Word for the web.

Type and format text, add pictures, adjust the layout of the page, and more. For more advanced editing, click Open in Word.

Open In Word from Edit view in Word Online

Work together on the same doc

To work together in Word for the web, you edit a document as you normally would. If others are also editing it, Word for the web alerts you to their presence. You can see everyone who is currently working in the document by clicking in the ribbon.

Image of authors in Word Online

Clicking on an author’s name jumps you to where they’re working in the doc. And you’ll see the changes they make as they’re happening.

Add a header or footer

Go to Insert > Header & Footer to add headers and footers to your document.

Image of Header & Footer button in Word Online

Click Options to choose how you’d like them to appear.

Image of Header and Footer Options menu in Word Online

Add page numbers

Click Insert > Page Numbers and then choose from the gallery where you’d like the page numbers to appear.

Select Include Page Count to show the current page number along with the total number of pages (page X of Y).

Find and replace text

Quickly search for every occurrence of a specific word or phrase in your document by clicking Home > Find (or type Ctrl+F). Results appear next to your document so you can see the term in context. Clicking on a search result jumps you to that occurrence.

Image of Find pane in Word Online

Click Replace (or type Ctrl+H) to find and replace text.

Print in Word for the web

Go to File > Print. Word for the web creates a PDF preview of your document that keeps all the layout and formatting of your document. Send the PDF to your printer and it will print the way you expect.

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