Microsoft Word

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(direct link to Word help

Wonders of Word 2016

The Wonders of Word document below was authored by the fabulous Lourdes Day, of Polk County, before her retirement from FDLRS Sunrise. Over the years she has updated her Wonders of Word document to its present edition. Download a copy for future use.

Keyboard shortcuts
We know the basics (Ctrl+c, ctrl+v, etc) but many more keyboard shortcuts are available to help the user maintain focus and increase productivity.

Speak option in Microsoft Word (can also be used in One Note, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel)
For students who have good auditory comprehension, Word 2013 has a speak feature which allows them to select text and have it read to them. This option will allow you to copy and paste text from other sources into a word document. It will also allow students to independently read questions and directions on a test and then type their response into the document.
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1. Click on the down arrow by the Quick Access toolbar and scroll to More Commands.
2. From the Choose commands from: drop down menu choose All Commands.
3. Scroll and select the Speak command and choose Add and then OK.
4. The Speak command has now been added to the Quick Access Toolbar.
5. Highlight the text and click the "Speak" command button.

Templates for Office products

Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office
While a full-fledged office program is nice, (as we're used to using at work) it may be cost prohibitive for home use. Here are some free alternative programs you may want to consider.
Apache OpenOffice

Free Speech Recognition in Windows

Speech recognition is built into Windows 7, 8, and 10 and allows the user to dictate directly into Microsoft Word and control some aspects of the computer. No WiFi connection is needed though the speech recognition option works best if the user completes the tutorial. You can use your voice to control your computer. You can say commands that the computer will respond to, and you can dictate text to the computer. For more information about what you can do with Windows Speech Recognition, see What can I do with Speech Recognition?

A somewhat older video but the message still applies.

Windows 7 Speech Recognition
Click the Start Button , orb.jpgclick Control Panel, and click Speech Recognition.
This page below will open with active links. A head set works best.