Microsoft Word is a word processor that is currently widely used in the world, both because of its extremely intuitive way of use, and because it is a program that is installed, by default, on some computers with Windows operating systems.It is included in the Microsoft Office suite , along with other programs that optimize office work, such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. Over time, Word has had multiple versions, each time with new tools added that improve interaction with the user, making the preparation and management of your text documents much easier .

What is Microsoft Word for?

Microsoft Word is a word processor that allows the creation of multiple documents, including images and the desired format.

This program is used to:

  • Create and edit texts
  • Office work
  • Desk job
  • Read texts
  • Save documents in other formats

Create and edit texts

Microsoft Word, being a word processing program , its main function is to facilitate the creation and modification of written documents.

It has tools with which you can edit the texts. Various types of fonts (letters) are offered to the user , options to vary their size, color and style. It can be written in italics, bold and underlined.

Text can be arranged in a centered, justified, or left or right- aligned mode . It all depends on the user’s need.

For example, for someone who writes poetry, it is allowed to separate the verses and center them. On the other hand, in the writing of a book, the text can be justified to the margins that the user determines.

The tools for proofreading are delivered in Microsoft Word , such as spell checking , useful in the case of journalistic documents, for whose correction there is very little time; and in the case of literature such as novels and essays, in which the text is very abundant.

Office work

Microsoft Word is one of the most used tools in the office today.

Microsoft Word allows the user to write and build office documents, such as:

  • Reports of results in a company to the authorities
  • Data tables, in the case of accounting institutions
  • Graphs of parameter measurements, such as monetary amounts

Desk job

Tasks such as those performed by copywriters, writers, and journalists can be optimized using Microsoft Word. Its tools are intuitively laid out and easy to recognize.

This program is indicated for students who need to carry out their homework with a good presentation.

With Word it is possible to create documents such as:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Templates for official documents
  • HTML documents
  • Labels
  • Documents with graphics, images and spreadsheets
  • Triptychs
  • Business cards
  • Letters or correspondence

Reading texts

Word allows the reading of texts in multiple formats, such as PDF e-books. It is a great advantage in computers that do not have PDF readers such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

In Microsoft Word it is also possible to insert links to other documents, if they are found on the internet.

If there is a relevant word, or whose meaning is detailed in a later paragraph, a hyperlink can be placed that connects this word with this section of the paragraph. Thus, it is easier to locate the information.

Save documents in other formats

Word has tools for saving documents in different formats, such as PDF, XPS, and RTF. Documents are configured in such a way that they are protected from editing.

Microsoft Word versions

Microsoft Word is the most popular writing platform.

This program has evolved since its inception, giving users new versions whose name was Word, accompanied by a number (for example: Word 3.0, Word 3.1). These early versions ran on the MS-DOS and Windows platform.

Subsequently, its name has changed to Word, accompanied by the year of release (for example: Word 2000), or by the nickname of the version of Windows for which it was developed (for example: Word XP, for Windows XP).

There have been versions of this word processor for other platforms such as Macintosh. It is noted that Word was distributed independently, but as of 1997 it was added to the Microsoft Office package.

Some of the versions of Word that have been released are classified according to the operating system for which they were developed:

  • MS-DOS
  • UNIX
  • Macintosh
  • Microsoft Windows

Versions for MS-DOS

  • Word 1 for MS-DOS
  • Word 2 for MS-DOS
  • Word 3 for MS-DOS
  • Word 4 for MS-DOS
  • Word 5 for MS-DOS
  • Word 5.1 for MS-DOS
  • Word 6.0 for MS-DOS

Versions for UNIX

  • Word 5.1 para UNIX

Macintosh versions

  • Word 1 for Macintosh
  • Word 3 for Macintosh
  • Word 4 for Macintosh
  • Word 5 for Macintosh
  • Word 6 for Macintosh
  • Word 98 for the Macintosh
  • Word 2001 for Macintosh
  • Word vX Special for Mac OS X
  • Word 2004 for Macintosh
  • Word 2008 for Macintosh
  • Word 2011 for Macintosh
  • Word 2012 for Macintosh

Having been released, at times, simultaneously with their equivalents for Microsoft Windows.

Versions for Microsoft Windows

  • Word 1.0 for Windows
  • Word 1.1 for Windows
  • Word 2.0 for Windows
  • Word 6.0 for Windows
  • Word 95, for Windows 95 (version that was widely distributed, thanks to its ease of use)
  • Word 97 for Windows 97
  • Word 2000 for Windows 2000
  • Word 2002 for Windows
  • Word 2003 for Windows
  • Word 2007
  • Word 2010
  • Word 2013

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