Word for Practical Editing

Who is this course suitable for?

This course offers a hands-on examination of Microsoft Word for editing and proofreading. It is ideal for anyone who can use Word for general word processing but would like to apply Word’s features to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of editing. It is not a course about basic word processing or about the basics of Word. It is assumed that you already know how to use the version of Word you edit with.

Course description

The course describes Word features for PC and Apple Mac operating systems (OS). It focuses on how to use Word to edit, not on how Word works. It helps you to use the power of Word to do routine, repetitive tasks and leave you to get on with the finer points of editing. It includes units on Word Styles and Templates, Find and Replace and wildcard searches, and macros.

The content is grouped to follow through a typical client project and includes consideration of useful techniques for working on different types of document.

Most units include study notes and screencasts for each OS, with an exercise to consolidate your learning. There are also several additional resource sheets covering different aspects of Word’s features. We're sorry that subtitles are not currently available for the screencasts.

The course will help to raise your confidence in your ability to use Word effectively and efficiently.

What you should know after the course

By the end of the course you will:

  • understand the useful tools in Word to help you edit
  • understand how to use Word to do a lot of the heavy lifting of editing
  • know how to use Word so that routine tasks are carried out quickly and accurately
  • know where to go to find more tools.
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E-learning courses take between 10 and 45 hours to complete, depending on the course, but you have access to the course materials for 6 months.

Prices are exclusive of tax, which will be added automatically at your local rate at checkout.

E-learning course structure

Time allowed for access: 6 months CIEP upgrade points: 3
Approximate study time needed to complete the course: 30–35 hours

This is a self-assessed course. You will be assigned a tutor who will be available for up to 1 hour of support (usually by email), but the tutor does not mark any of your work. When you have finished the course you can download and print a certificate that states that you have completed the course.


The course is divided into seven units:

  • Unit 1 Which version?
  • Unit 2 Starting a project
  • Unit 3 Cleaning up a document
  • Unit 4 Reading through and marking up
  • Unit 5 Using styles and templates
  • Unit 6 Finishing a project
  • Unit 7 Archiving and CPD

Each unit (apart from Unit 1) includes study notes and a commentary on the exercises, with screencasts, examples and model answers where appropriate. There are seven exercises throughout the course, giving you plenty of practice at honing your skills.

Throughout the course we have been very conscious of not wanting to merely repeat reams of information about Word that is readily available elsewhere. We have tried to keep writing about ‘how Word works’ to a minimum and instead focus on ‘how to use Word to edit’. We have also devised a number of exercises to demonstrate how these techniques are used in a practical setting. We hope that this approach, together with the bringing together of some proprietary software that all aims to help editors, has resulted in a truly interesting and useful course on how to use Word as an editor.

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