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Computer Keyboarding 1 Online
(Specific information is intended as an example only.)

   ORIENTATION TO WORD PROCESSING THIS WEEK: An on-campus orientation to learn how to use the Word Manual; complete practice exercises, document processing jobs, and proofreading checks; and use the Reference Manual and Scored Results will be held this week. Please e-mail me for details if you plan to attend.

MICROSOFT WORD 2007 or 2010: You are required to have Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 to complete Lesson 21. Read FAQ 5: Do I need Microsoft Word to take this course, and are there any special settings? Before using Word in GDP, you must manually set (or verify) certain Word options.

Using Word in GDP (review of Word settings)
Orientation to Word Processing Tutorial (detailed) 
Quick Start to Word Processing Tutorial (simplified)

Click here to visit the GDP Movie Channel, which contains a list of all movies related to GDP. Click "Orientation to Word Processing." View this first and then refer to any of the handouts below as needed.


Adjust Word Settings

You must have Word 2007 or Word 2010 installed to complete any Practice exercises or document processing jobs. 

Note: Office Starter, which is often bundled with new computers, includes Word Starter. This version of Word has reduced functionality and is not a supported Word version.

To create a standardized, trouble-free computing environment, GDP automatically opens Word documents with the Word 2003 Style Set already in place. This style set uses certain preset margins, line spacing, and font choices. See Appendix A of the Word Manual for details on this style set and for all Word settings related to GDP.

Adjust Word Settings

Before you begin any Practice exercise (which begin in Lesson 21) or document processing job (which begin in Lesson 25), you should manually set or verify certain Word options. Click the links below for details. You can also find this list In GDP by clicking My GDP, Resources.

Complete List of Word Settings for GDP (PDF) 
If you need technical support, see to the Troubleshoot page for the 11e.

Before you begin Lesson 21 at home, you must make some adjustment to your browser settings. Follow the steps for your browser.

Getting Ready for GDP11e With Internet Explorer, (PDF) 

Getting Ready for GDP11e With Firefox, (PDF) 


Practice Exercises & Document Processing, (PDF)

This handout includes information to:

  1. Understand basic browsing concepts in Windows.
  2. Complete Practice exercise, Lesson 21E, using Internet Explorer or Firefox.
  3. Complete Correspondence 26-3, a typical document processing job, using these GDP features:
  w Start Work (Download File to Begin Work).
w Save As and Return to GDP.
w Browse (Upload/Save File to GDP).
w Work at a second location for document processing jobs.
w Submit Work (Score Your Work) and use the Scored Results (aka Proofreading Viewer).
w Edit Work (Download File to Begin Work) and use the Scored Results (aka Proofreading Viewer).
  1. Change a previous document processing job such as Correspondence 26-4.
  2. Use reference initials in correspondence such as those used in Correspondence 26-4.
  3. View comments in the Portfolio.
  4. Understand Time Spent and Total Time in the Portfolio.
  5. Understanding Proofreading Checks and Attempt Origin in the Portfolio.
  "Orientation to Word Processing"

View this presentation—the following topics are presented:

  •  Practice Exercises and Document Processing Jobs
  •  GDP on a Mac
  •  Word Options
  •  GDPFILES Directory
  •  Microsoft Word Manual
  •  Lesson 21E: Getting Started and Orientation to Word Processing—A
  •  Return to GDP
  •  Lesson 30E: Word Processing
  •  Document Processing Jobs
  •  Reference Manual
  •  GDP: Start Work, Save and Return to GDP, Browse, Submit Work, Edit Work
  •  Annotations and Scoring Results
  •  Proofreading Checks and Start Work
  •  Document Assessment
Lesson 21: A-E

Lesson 21-D+, Language Arts, Commas and Sentences

Click here for information on viewing a movie tutorial for Language Arts. When you click one of the previous links, a movie should begin playing immediately. Make sure your computer speakers are on and your volume is up.

  • You must repeat a Language Arts exercise until you have 2 errors maximum!

  •  Language Arts exercises are indicated with a + sign on the assignment sheet. Make sure you work through the tutorials first before attempting the Language Arts exercise.

Lesson 21-E: Getting Started and Orientation to Word Processing—A
Word Manual Features; GDP—Word Settings; Appendixes A, B, and C; GDP—Help.
GDP—Start Word; Choose a Command; File—Open; GDP—Quit Word.

  • When you see the "Go To Word Manual" icon in your textbook, open the MS Word Manual.

  • Read the information in Getting Started, pp. 1-3, and Lesson 21, pp. 4-11, and complete the Practice exercise.

Note: If you are competent in the Word features explained in the Word Manual, the Practice exercise for that lesson is optional.

Lesson 22: A-D

Lesson 22-C, 3-Minute Timed Writing
TW Goal: 28/5e

  • You will now advance from 2-minute to 3-minute timed writings. Your error limit is still 5, which means you are not penalized for making any errors up to 5. Try to type at a steady, comfortable rate as you progress through the first 2 minutes of the timed writing and then to extend that effort for 1 additional minute. Your initial goal should be to maintain the speed and accuracy levels that you achieved on the 2-minute timed writings.
  • After 5 errors, you may correct errors or just try to slow down for control. If correcting errors after you have reached your maximum limit helps you relax, please do so. If correcting errors distracts you or slows you down too much, try to slow down slightly for control. 
Lesson 22-D: Orientation to Word Processing—B
Navigate in a File; File—Save; File—Close; File—New; Switch Windows.
Lesson 23: A-I

Lesson 23-G, Language Arts, Proofreading Techniques

Proofreading Your Exercises and Jobs, by Arlene Zimmerly.
Read these tips to learn to proofread your work.

Lesson 23-H+, Language Arts
Repeat this drill until you have 2 errors maximum.

Lesson 23-I: Orientation to Word Processing—C
Select Text; Bold; Undo/Redo a Command; Help.
Lesson 24: A-E

Lesson 24-D, 3-Minute Timed Writing
TW Goal: 29/5e

Lesson 24-E: Orientation to Word Processing—D
Print Preview; Spelling and Grammar Check; Show/Hide Formatting; Zoom; Print.
Lesson 25: A-G

Lesson 25-D+, Language Arts
Repeat this drill until you have 2 errors maximum.

Formatting Conventions

Lesson 25-E, Basic Parts of an E-Mail Message

From now on, any lessons that include the formatting of a new document will usually begin with an illustration. Study these illustrations carefully before typing a document.


Formatting bar. The bar in the textbook designates instructions, rules, and sometimes illustrations that will help you format the document processing jobs that follow in that lesson.

Attention icon: When you see an Attention icon in the left panel of the textbook such as the one shown below, read the information carefully. Such icons identify important, broad-based information to clarify a particular point or clarify certain Word behaviors that may cause confusion for you on certain jobs.


  REFER TO Reference Manual: In the left panel of the text, this icon reminds you to review page R-5C and R-5D in the Reference Manual for illustrations of e-mail messages. From this point forward, use these REFER TO icons as needed to review formatting whenever you have a question. The Reference Manual is found in the front of your textbook and the Word Manual and electronically in GDP by clicking the Reference Manual button.
  GDP Reference Manual: Click the Reference Manual button in GDP to find valuable, detailed information for formatting a variety of documents.
  Full-Size Reference Manual With Callouts: Download this file if you prefer to see the Reference Manual full size with active callouts.

Lesson 25-F, E-Mail Messages

Lesson 25-G: E-Mail a Document and GDP Reference Manual
GDP—Scoring; GDP—Proofreading Viewer; E-Mail a Document; GDP—Reference Manual.

Read the information but skip the Practice exercise since you will not actually send e-mail.

Correspondence 25-1, E-Mail Message

When you reach your first Document Processing exercise in Lesson 25, select Correspondence 25-1 from the GDP Lesson menu and follow the on-screen steps. Do not attempt to e-mail this job.

Scoring a Document

You will now have to decide whether to score or not score the document. If you are sure you have proofread your document and corrected all errors, click Yes to score the document.

Developing Proofreading Skills [PDF] (by Arlene Zimmerly)
Includes tips to proofread Language Arts exercises (compositions and compared text) and document processing jobs using GDP's Scoring Results (aka Proofreading Viewer). These four steps to developing proofreading skills are discussed:

  1. Recognition
  2. Practice
  3. Reinforcement
  4. Assessment
Proofreading Tips 
Learn to use Microsoft Word's Speak and Navigation Pane Search features to proofread documents.

Extra Credit for Proofreading, First Scored Attempt.

  • You can earn from 0.5 up to 1.5% point of extra credit on any document that you score that has 0 errors on the first scoring attempt. In essence, this means that you found and corrected all your errors without the help of GDP.
  • These extra credit points are valuable and make a significant difference in your final grade, so you always want to work for them. Proofreading Check documents begin in Lesson 26.
  • You must be able to proofread perfectly on the first scored attempt to earn a proofreading check point. You may repeat the job as many times as you wish.
Editing a Document
  • If you have scoring errors on a document, you must return to the document, reselect it, and click Edit Work. Press Alt + Tab to move between the Word file and the Scored Results  window, or use the Windows Taskbar and alternately click the buttons for GDP11e and the Word file.

  • Follow the on-screen instructions in GDP to edit a document processing job.

Correspondence 25-2, E-Mail Message

Do not attempt to e-mail this job!