Word processing software has been around for almost as long as computers themselves. Microsoft came out with their Windows operating system in 1985 but their word processing software actually came out in 1983. It wasn’t until 1989 that Microsoft Word for Windows was released, and it has been the go to word processing software ever since.
Since Windows and Word were both created by Microsoft, it makes sense that they would want to push Windows users to use Word as their word processing software. You might have heard of other word processing software such as Google Docs, LibreOffice, WordPerfect and Apple Pages. Even though these are powerful full featured word processing programs, they are nowhere near as popular as Microsoft Word.
If you have Word installed on your computer, you most likely have other Microsoft programs such as Excel and PowerPoint installed as well since most of the time, people buy Word as part of the Microsoft Office suite of apps even though it is possible to buy Word as a standalone product.
Even though Microsoft Word is a very powerful program, I will be sticking with the basics so you can learn how to use the major features of Word and not get overwhelmed by all the advanced tasks you can perform. I will discuss a few of the more advanced features just because I think they are important to at least be aware of. Then once you become proficient with the basics, you can then branch out and learn some of the other features if you choose to do so.
Microsoft Sway has been around for several years but has had a few updates during its lifetime. And even though it’s been around for a while, many people have still never heard of it. It’s similar to PowerPoint except you wouldn’t really use it for presentations even though you technically can with the slide feature that comes with the app.
Sway can be used to create various document types such as flyers, interactive reports, personal stories and yes, even presentations. These documents are then referred to as “Sways”. Of course it takes a little know how to add some flair to your work to really wow your audience and even that is not too difficult once you get the hang of how things work.
The goal of this book is to teach you how to get up and running with Sway and show you how all the tools and features work, so you know where you need to go to do what you need to do. I will go over how to create basic Sways as well as how to add some advanced features to them so you can make yourself look like a pro even if you might not be!
I will be using the website version of Sway even though there is a desktop client that functions exactly the same. I will show you how to install the Sway app as well in case you want to check it out.
Once you have your Sway ready to go, you can then share it with others via a link that you can email and you can even give other people access to edit your work. You can also export your work to a Word document or PDF file.