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document window

this is how you view a portion of a document on the screen

print layout view

the default setting, this shows the document on a mock sheet of paper in the document window

insertion point

a blinking vertical bar that indicates where text, graphics, and other items will be inserted

mouse pointer

becomes different shapes depending on the task you are performing in Word and the pointer's location on the screen

scroll bar

use this to display different portions of a document in the document window

scroll box

reflects the location of the portion of the document that is displayed in the document window

scroll arrow

located at each end of the scroll bar

status bar

located at the bottom of the document window above the Windows taskbar, presents information about the document, the progress of current tasks, and the status of certain commands and keys; it also provides controls for viewing the document


located near the top of the Word window, is the control center of Word

home tab

called the primary tab, contains the more frequently used commands

active tab

the tab currently displayed

contextual tabs

tabs used when you perform certain tasks or work with objects such as pictures or tables


a set of choices, often graphical, arranged in a grid or in a list

live preview

a feature that allows you to point to a gallery choice and see its effect in the document - withoug actually selecting the choice

enhanced screen tip

an on-screen note that provides the name of the command, available keyboard shortcuts, a description of the command, and sometimes instructions for how to obtain help about the command

dialog box launcher

when clicked, displays a dialog box or a task pane with additional options for the group

task pane

by contrast, is a window that can remain open and visible while you work on your document

mini toolbar

appears automatically based on tasks you perform, contains commands related to changing the appearance of text in a document

shortcut menu

appears when you right-click an object, is a list of frequently used commands that relate to the right-clicked object

quick access toolbar

located by default above the Ribbon, provides easy access to frequently used commands

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