Word Processing: Glossary

Definition of terms used in this chapter:

Alignment guide a green vertical or horizontal line that displays when you are moving or sizing an object to assist with proper placement
Artistic effects formats applied to images that make pictures resemble sketches or paintings
Blank document a starting point for creating a new document in Microsoft Word
Blog a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style
Bullet text symbol such as a small circle that precedes each item in a list
Bulleted list a list of items in no particular order that are preceded by a bullet for emphasis and organization
Format painter allows you to copy formatting from one item and apply it to another
Cell the intersection of a row and column in a table
Checkbox a small box that can be clicked to indicate a check is turned on or off to indicate an on or off response
Cover letter a letter of introduction that highlights key points in the resume that follows
Ellipses informally called dot-dot-dot (…), a series of dots that indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning. When selected, additional options appear.
Em dash a punctuation symbol that indicates an explanation or emphasis
Field placeholders that store and display data, and can perform simple tasks like returning the page number or current date and time
Footer the bottom margin of each page
Formatting marks characters that display on the screen but do not print, indicating where the Enter key, the Spacebar, and Tab key were pressed, also called non-printing characters
Indentation specifies the distance between where the lines in a paragraph start in relation to the left or right margins
Inside address the name and address of the person or business who received the letter, positioned below the dateline
Keyboard shortcut one or more keys used to perform a menu function or other common functions
Layout options picture formatting options that control the manner in which text wraps around a picture or other object
Leader the space between tab stops can show a line, dots, or dashes to line up information and guide the reader
Letterhead the heading at the top of a sheet of letter paper that typically includes name and address or company logo
Lock anchor a feature in Word that allows you to move your image to any position on the same page as the anchor paragraph which forces the object to stay in that position
Mini toolbar appears whenever you right-click text in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint and provides a quick-access version of the Font group on the Home tab, plus a few extra buttons from other groups
Newsletter a printed or electronic report containing news regarding updates for an organization or business and is sent to interested parties
One-click row/column insertion a feature in Word tables that allows users to insert a new row or column by pointing to the desired location and then clicking once
Page border a decorative border that appears outside the margins on each page and can be solid, dashed, or an artistic style
Pictures images or graphics that are stored locally on a computer or flash drive and can be uploaded to a document to add visual interest
Present online a Word feature that allows you to share your documents online using a web browser
Quick access toolbar located above the Ribbon (top-left) and provides access to commonly used features and commands, such as Save and Undo/Redo, and is customizable
Quick styles an efficient way to add effects to a picture such as a shape, border, and other effects
Resume a formal document that provides an overview of professional qualifications for an employment opportunity
Resume assistant a feature in Word where you can see suggestions from LinkedIn to enhance your resume
Save As dialog box allows the user to specify the drive, directory, and name of a file to save their file
Screen clipping allows you to capture an image from your screen
Shape effects a grouping of coordinating effects that can be applied to a shape including shadows, glows, reflections, soft edges, bevels, and three-dimensional (3-D) rotations
Shape outline allows you to change the outline color, weight (thickness), and style of the outline surrounding a shape
Shape styles allows you to apply preset colors and effects to quickly change the appearance of your shape
Shapes Lines, arrows, stars, banners, ovals, rectangles, and other basic shapes with which you can illustrate an idea, a process, or a workflow
Sharpen/Soften a way to enhance picture details or make pictures more appealing by removing unwanted blemishes on a picture
Small caps an attractive font in which no lowercase letters are used, yet the height of lowercase letters is maintained
SmartArt a graphical tool that adds visual interest
Special character normal characters that don’t appear on standard keyboards; but once inserted into a Word doc, they look the same as keyboard characters
Spelling and grammar check identifies spelling and grammatical errors and provides suggestions for correction
Square text wrapping the manner in which text displays around an object
Tab indicator a button to the left of the ruler that provides tab marker options
Tab stop the horizontal position which is set for placing and aligning text on a page
Table an arrangement of information organized into rows and columns
Tags any word, phrase, or number string related to the file that may help you locate the file later
Textbox a moveable, resizable container for text or graphics
Text effects and typography decorative formats, such as shadows or colors that make text stand out
Toggle button a button that can be turned on and off by clicking it once to turn it on and clicking again to turn it off
WordArt gallery of text styles that you can add to your publications to create decorative effects, such as shadowed or mirrored (reflected) text
Word processing the act of using a computer program to create, edit, and print documents
Word processor software or a device that allows users to create, edit, and print documents
YouTube a free video-sharing website



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