Tech Tip #24: How to Open A New Word Doc Without the Program

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q:  I can’t find the Word icon that opens MS Word. What do I do?

A:  Let’s say you looked on your desktop and the Word icon that usually opens MS Word for you has disappeared. These things happen and always at the worst time. You might have pinned it to the start menu (see Tech Tip #53: How to Pin Any Program to the Start Menu), but what if you didn’t?

No problem. All you have to do is right click on the desktop and pick New Word Doc. That’s what it does–opens a new Word doc for you without going through opening the program first.


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5 thoughts on “Tech Tip #24: How to Open A New Word Doc Without the Program

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  2. It wii take some getting used to. My main interest in Word is that it supposedly is better accepted by online publishers such as ebooks by Kindle Direct Publishing, Nook, and others. Is it? With Works, it was a losing battle. At this point, I have 5 novels done in works Wordperfect, which most other computers can’t read at all. How can I convert from Works to Word? I can open Save As and save to Word Doc or docx, which enables them to be opened and read, but I need to convert the finished novels ,text and all, before I can submit to Kindle or others. Even then, I think I have to convert to HTML. And it’s supposed to be so simple to do and ebook w/ Kindle. So far, forget easy. I’ll appreciate your help. Donald Webb PS: The techs on the net won’t do anything w/o charging an arm and a leg, which I can’t afford.

    • Can you import into Google Docs? I had one problem with that–my file was too large–but I thought it would be a good solution. Here’s another: Can you open it in Open Office? I don’t see a dropdown for wks (I think that’s the extension), but…

      Then there’s Scrivener which is supposed to open everything.I can’t tell from their start-up screen if they include Works.

      I use Word only because I’m used to it. If I had it to do over, I’d probably use Open Office. I upload all of mine to Kindle in Word. The only problems are tables and images.

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