IC3/Word Processing

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Word processing is the composition, editing, formatting and sometimes printing of any sort of written material. Word processing is most commonly accomplished using computer application software designed specifically for these tasks.[1]

This lesson introduces word processing and helps learners prepare for the IC3 Key Applications certification exam.

Objectives and Skills edit

Objectives and skills for the word processing portion of IC3 certification include:


  • Be able to format text and documents including the ability to use automatic formatting tools
  • Be able to use word-processing tools to automate processes such as document review, security and collaboration


  • Organizing data: Tables, lists
  • Layout: Page layout, spacing, indent text

Readings edit

  1. Wikipedia: Word Processing
  2. Wikipedia: WordStar
  3. Wikipedia: Microsoft Word
  4. Wikipedia: WordPad
  5. Wikipedia: WordPerfect

Multimedia edit

  1. YouTube: Word Processing
  2. YouTube: Word 2016 Tutorial: Getting Started the Right Way
  3. YouTube: Google Docs Basics
  4. YouTube: Apple Pages 5 Tutorial for macOS - Quick Start

Activities edit

  1. Complete one or more of the following tutorials:

Lesson Summary edit

  • Word processing is the phrase used to describe using a computer to create, edit, and print documents. Of all computer applications, word processing is the most common.[4]
  • There are many types of word processors including, but not limited to, Apple Pages, Google Docs, Libre Office Writer, and Microsoft Word.[5]
  • Word processing was one of the earliest applications for the personal computer in office productivity and was the most popular application on home and personal computers until the World Wide Web rose to prominence in the mid-1990s.[6]
  • The word processor was a stand-alone office machine in the 1960s, combining the keyboard text-entry and printing functions of an electric typewriter, with a recording unit, either tape or floppy disk (as used by the Wang machine) with a simple dedicated computer processor for the editing of text.[7]
  • Word processors have a variety of uses and applications within the business world, home, education, journalism, publishing, and the literary arts. Within the business world, word processors are extremely useful tools. Typical uses include legal documents, reports, letters and letterhead, and memos.[8]

Key Terms edit

Positioning text or numbers to specified margin and tab settings.[9]
automatic spelling checker and corrector
Program that compares words in the text against an on-line dictionary, flagging items not found in the dictionary and offering alternative spellings and a means of correcting the errors.[10]
A rounded text box appearing in the space to the right of the document, containing a comment or a tracked change.[11]
collaborative editing
Allowing multiple users to work on the same document.[12]
copying or cutting
Taking an existing item in a document and creating a duplicate in a new location in the document.[13]
Appears at the bottom of every page in a document that can contain one or more lines of text.[14]
hard page break
A page break created by the user in order to force a page break in a certain place.[15]
The area that appears at the top of every page in a document that can contain one or more lines of text.[16]
the page orientation in which the text runs parallel to the wide edge of the paper.[17]
The white space between the edge of the page and where the text can be placed in your document.[18]
search and replace
Moving directly to specified words or parts of words within a document and replacing them with different words or word portions.[19]
soft page break
A page break made automatically by the word processing program when the current page is full.[20]
the page orientation in which the text runs parallel to the narrow edge of the paper.[21]
The command that reverses the last actions that you performed in a document..[22]

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