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Whats new
Word 2016 has new features, built so you can do great work with smart tools that help
you stay on task.

Tell Me
You do not need to be a power user to use the power of Microsoft Office 2016. Tell Me
will guide you to the feature you need, to get the results you want. This built-in search
saves time that you would spend looking for a specific feature.
Using Tell Me

At the top of the ribbon, type what you are looking for in the Tell Me box. As you
type, possible results are shown.


Select the result that applies to your task.

For example, when you want to mark your document as confidential, just type
confidential or confidential banner and Tell Me will bring back the Insert
Watermark command.
Viewing previous commands

Click or tap in the Tell Me box. The Recently Used drop-down list appears and
displays the last five commands you executed from within Tell Me.

Smart Lookup
Smart Lookup, powered by Bing, uses the term you highlight and other contextual
information from within your document to deliver search results from the web while
you read or work on a document. With information from a variety of sources, you can
find anything from a quick definition to a detailed exploration without leaving your
Accessing Smart Lookup

Select the word or phrase you want to find information on.

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Do one of the following:

Right-click the word or phrase, and then select Smart Lookup on the
menu that appears.
On a touchscreen device, press and hold the word or phrase, and select the
arrow at the right edge of the floating formatting toolbar. On the menu that
appears, select Smart Lookup.

On the ribbon, on the Review tab, select Smart Lookup.

The Insights pane opens, displaying information relevant to your selection.

Note: If you are just looking up Insights for one word, you can skip
selecting; instead, you can simply right-click or press and hold on the
word, and then select Smart Lookup on the menu that appears.

Figure 1. Contextual search results from Insights

Simplified sharing
Click Share to quickly invite others to review or edit your documents. See the
Simplified sharing procedure in this document for more information

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Getting started
If you are new to Word, or if things look a little different, the information in this section
will get you started creating beautiful and engaging documents.

The ribbon
Find the commands to create your document in the ribbon at the top of the window.

Quick Access Toolbar

Backstage view


Dialog box


Simplified sharing

Minimize the ribbon

Figure 2. Elements of the ribbon

Quick Access Toolbar: Commands here are always visible. Right-click a

command to add it here.

Ribbon tabs: Click any tab on the ribbon to display its buttons and commands.
When you open a document, the ribbons Home tab is displayed. This tab contains
many of the most frequently used commands in Microsoft Word.

Need help? Use Tell Me or press F1 for help. See the Tell Me section in this
document for more information.

Simplified sharing: Click Share to quickly invite others to review or edit your
documents. See the Simplified sharing procedure in this document for more

Microsoft Office Backstage view: Click File to open, save, print, and manage
your documents.

Dialog box launchers: If you see the

icon next to any group of ribbon
commands, you can click it to open a dialog box with more options.

Minimize the ribbon: Click the arrow to close the ribbon and show only the tab

Contextual ribbon tabs: Some tabs appear on the ribbon only when you need
them. For example, if you select a table, you will see the Table Tools contextual
tab, which includes two extra tabs: Design and Layout.

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New documents
To create a document, you can start from a brand-new, blank document, from a
template, or from a previous document.
Start from a blank document

Select the File tab, and then select New. The New tab appears.
Note: When you first start Word, the New tab opens on the right by


Select Blank document. A blank document opens.

Start from a built-in template


Select the File tab, and then select New.

Select one of the built-in document templates (any of the listed documents other
than Blank document). The template opens.

Start from a custom template


Select the File tab, and then select Open. The Open tab appears.


Navigate to the custom template, and then select it. The template opens.

Start from a previous document


Select the File tab, and then select Open. The Open tab appears.

Navigate to the previous document, and then select it. The document opens.

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Note: If you are using the previous document as a starting point for a new
document and do not want to write over the previous document, make
sure you save by selecting Save As, not Save.

Give your documents a professional look with styles. You no longer have to try to
remember how you formatted the last heading or previous paragraphs. Styles do that
for you.
Use styles

Select the text you want to apply a style to.

On the Home tab, in the Styles section, select the style to apply to the text.

New Office User Experience Themes

New Office User Experience Themes let you choose the Office 2016 experience that is
right for you. The Dark and Dark Gray themes provide a high contrast look and feel
that is easier on the eyes. Or, choose the new Colorful theme for a modern and fresh
look that is consistent across your devices.

Figure 3. The Dark theme

The Dark theme is designed to give users with visual impairmentsor users who
find overly bright displays difficult to usea more visually appealing background.

The Dark theme includes improvements to the navigation pane (better readability,
fixed white flashes) and several Microsoft Outlook readability fixes. These fixes
addressed the issues of white text on light background, dark text on dark
background, disabled text being unreadable.
Note: The Dark Theme might not be available to all users at time of

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Figure 4. The Dark Gray theme

Figure 5.. The new Colorful theme

Changing your theme

On the File menu, select Account.

In the Office Theme list, select the theme you want to apply.

Art and media

Make your document come alive by adding pictures and videos.

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Adding a picture or a video


Position your cursor where you want the picture or video added.

Select the Insert tab, and then do one of the following:


In the Illustrations group, select Pictures.

In the Illustrations group, select Online Pictures.
In the Media group, select Online Video.

Navigate to the picture or video you want to add.

Collaborating and sharing

Get your team on the same page by using built-in collaboration tools to share and coauthor documents.

Real-time co-authoring in Word

Work together on the same document by using real-time co-authoring in Word.
Everyone on your team can simultaneously edit the same document. Flags indicate
where teammates are working in the document, and you can see their edits as they
make them with real-time typing.
This capability is available when you are working in documents stored on Microsoft
OneDrive for Business and Microsoft SharePoint Online. When another person opens
the same document, you are both prompted to opt in if you have not previously done
Note: Opting in is an application setting, not a document setting. If you
opt in, any time you find yourself in a collaborative space with others who
have also opted in or who are co-authoring in Microsoft Word Online, they
will see your changes as you make them. You can turn this setting off and
on, but after you turn it on, it is not limited to the document you were in
when you did so.
Opting in to real-time co-authoring

Open a document stored on OneDrive for Business or on SharePoint Online.

When you are prompted to share changes, select Yes. Real-time co-authoring is
now on for any document you work on in a collaborative space.

Note: You will be prompted only if someone else is working on the

document or opens the document while you are working on it.

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Threaded comments
Threaded comments in Word allow people to have useful conversations right next to
relevant text. You can see who replied to whom and when.

Figure 5. Threaded comments show comments and responses

Using threaded comments

In the comment you want to reply to, select the Reply button to add a response.

Improved version history

Have no fear as you and your team make edits and changes to your documents. An
improved version history allows you to view or go back to earlier drafts. These changes
make it easy to find previous versions of files stored on SharePoint Online or OneDrive
for Business.
Opening a previous version

Select the File tab.

Select History. The History pane appears to the right of the document.

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In the History pane, select the version you want to restore.

Simplified sharing
Simplified sharinglets you quicklyinvite others to review or edit your documents. You
can save your file to the cloud and make it available to others without having to
navigate away from your work.
Sharing a file

Select Share, above the ribbon on the right side.

If the document is already saved to the cloud, skip directly to step 4. Otherwise, in
the Share pane, select Save to Cloud.

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On the left, under Save As, choose where you want to save the document, and
then select the target folder on the right.

10 Select Save.
11 In the Share pane, invite people, and choose whether they can edit or just view
the file.

More intuitive navigation of cloud storage

More intuitive navigation of cloud storage locations makes it even easier to access,
edit, and share your Word documents, no matter where you are. Working in the cloud
means you can share and work with your colleagues, but it also means your
documents are protected from loss. In addition to the redundancy in cloud storage,
Word also maintains a version history when documents are stored and edited on either
OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online.

Using Word on a phone or tablet

In addition to working with Word on a computer, you can use Word (part of Microsoft
Office Mobile) on a Microsoft Windows phone, an iPhone or iPad, or an Android tablet or
Use the following links to get started:
Use Word Mobile for Windows Phone
Install and set up Office on an iPhone or iPad with Office 365
Office on your Android tablet
Office Mobile for Android phones

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