Help files are often vague on a few points.
When in doubt on what to do on my word processing program, I ask a secretary. Secretaries know how to all kinds of cool things with a word processor.
Every once in a while Murphy's Law prevails: What will go wrong, does go wrong. Under Murphy's Law; Back in the 90's when WordPerfect was a DOS program and Word was a Mac program, if I am having trouble with something in Word, then the only people available have their expertise in Word Perfect.
ADD Balance site has a large listing of free Microsoft Word tutorials for more complicated things one can do with Word and templates.
Find and Replace instructions from Microsoft.
Microsoft Word Tutorial for XP, 2003 and 2002 covers tables, and the basics you need to get started.
Microsoft Word Frequently Asked Questions in addition this site offers a free on-line tutors, downloads and links.
The Office Experts Mail merge, forms, outlines, tables, envelopes and labels. Site also covers Outlook, Access, Front Page, Excel, Power Point and VBA and free downloads for related utilities.
Recipes4Word free writing tools explains how to setup MS Word for the proper format of a synopsis for a novel and a query letter.
Tricky Ways instructions on clearing Word formatting to clipboard for Word 2007, and 2010.
A Manuscript is Not a Book: Ten Tips for Manuscript Preparation A great guide for MS Word users to use for submitting your manuscript to a commercial printing company.
Tested better than MS Word for typesetting SmatteringsBooks novel Knife of Truth Road to Megara. The final required output is a photo ready PFD document, which can be printed via a freeware package either BullZip or PrimoPDF listed under my website authoring software page under MSWord and publish as a PDF document in Word Perfect. The only difficulty using Word Perfect is if you desire submitting your novel to SmashMouth for e-book formatting. They require MS Word only and do not accept e-pub files. Use a MS Word compatible program for short documents. Set up WordPerfect to format your camera ready print.
About.com Remove Extra Spaces Between Sentences and Paragraphs of Text.
Barry MacDonnell's Toolbox for WordPerfect More than 350 WordPerfect for Windows macros and templates ... free for the downloading in the macros and templates. Hundreds of WordPerfect for Windows tips.
CompuSavvy's Word & WordPerfect Tips Changing the default document settings in WordPerfect easier than creating a template.
Stuart G. Friedman A good WordPerfect link page.
Focus Writer Hides its commands with a mouse over so the writer won't be distract by them. Allows choices of backgrounds to type against. Saves in txt and rtf formats. Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.
Jarte Based on WordPad that comes with Microsoft but much easier to use. Has a decent help section at their site to get you started. Freeware program is compatible with MS Word with Microsoft download, which sent me to the correct link to download it quickly. Exports text and images to PDF. The only downside is the lack of headers needed to label your pages for editors with your name/worktitle if you can only submit your work via the US postal system.
Jer's Novel Writer A promising looking free software program available for Macintosh only.
Q10 A Windows free word processor that saves in txt format, written by a fellow writer. Reminds me of an old DOS program in some ways but uses common Windows short cuts. Similar to typing on a black sheet of paper in yellow. Great for doing writing exercises compiled on Smatterings Writers Block page. Complete with spell check, word counts, auto save, and a timer. Use with Y Writer listed on Smatterings Writers Craft page for help with turning your rough chapters of your novel into polished chapters for a book.
Rough Draft Donationware word processor designed for writers. Saves in rft format, so it's files are compatible with MS Word. It automatically generates a title page. A quality free word processor.
SoftMaker Office 2008 free office suite that is earning a rep across the Internet. Word and Excel compatible. Tested in 2009 with Vista 32 and XP. Worked fine until I started working with students learning English and found out word processors are better if they come with a grammar and spell check.
LibreOffice personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs unless you make your own styles: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base complete with grammar and spell check. Started testing LibreOffice in 2013. LibreWriter allows users to scan in a document and save it in PDF format. When tested in 2014, LibreOffice worked great for letter heads and invoices, but I wanted to create my own styles. It allowed me to do that, but when I highlighted my text, chose my style, no changes were made to my text.
Kingsoft Writer Free 2012 free word processor based on Word 2003 or download free Office Suite. Comes with spell check but is only licensed for free if you and your computer work for no one and never plan to amount anything. They restrict both organizational and business use.
Award winning writer sites suggest four free word processors the most: Neither Open Office, AbiWord, Alantis Nova, nor Angel Writer tested suitable for usable software for a writer. As one cuts and pastes and continues to revise one's manuscript, black boxes appear and refuse to disappear even when printing. Though I did manage to cleanup The Knife of Truth, A Matter of Honor by Cynthia Willerth after converting the book version to an HTML version for Kindle with Star Office (not linked to- shareware). If you still want to try this software because you know better or your professor requires it...
AbiWord 2009 Retrying- may be the best of the Word clones. Abi Word since they've added a limited grammar checker and some plugins to their free software package. Since Q10 formatting capabilities it might be feasible to write as far as you can and then open it with AbiWord and finish from there. In 2014 testing AbiWord failed the custom style sheet test.
Open Office Office suite that will run on all major platforms; word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, equation editor and a drawing program. Saves files as PDF and HTML format. In 2009 it lacked a grammar checker but one had been written for it at Language Tool in English, German, Polish, Dutch, and other languages. Open Office seems to run in slow motion. Tested under Win 95, 98, XP and Vista. Some things stay the same over time. Imports Word files OK, but like most free word processors has trouble when doing massive revising and crashes. Linux users swear by Open Office's excellence. Retested Open Office in 2014 using Windows 7. Open Office was the only free Windows writing program that had working editable user defined styles and they finally added a grammar check. On the downside, Open Office does not allow for odd and even page headers.
Open Office Training Tips and Ideas offers a work around the lack of even and odd headers using styles in Open Office.
Taming Open Office Another authors saga on using available software to make a book.
University of Texas Tutorials for Open Office Write and Impress, MS Word and Power Point 2003.