Microsoft Word for Technical Writers: Advanced

You may think you're familiar with Microsoft Word, but you'll be surprised by how much of Word's most useful functionality is hidden in plain sight.

In this course, you'll do a deep dive into features including lists, tables, headers, footers, complex page layouts and styles, which will allow you to efficiently create revisable, professional manuals. You will also learn how to use Word's automatic settings to your advantage. When you've completed the course assignments, you will have created your own handbook for mastering Word as a technical communicator and learned a useful technique for sharing your knowledge with others.


You will need to know how to use Microsoft Word to set margins and tab stops, add headers, footers and hyperlinks, and create tables of contents.  


This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - TBA $455.00 30 -

Instructional hours: 12

For online offerings, registration may close up to two business days before the course begins. Your course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Configure Microsoft Word for professional writing (features and shortcuts)
  • Format document text using modern word processing techniques (styles, tables, cross-references, images, and numbering)
  • Configure multi-page documents with complex layout requirements (headers, footers, double-sided, page numbering, and multiple sections)
  • Create dynamic content (field codes, chapter numbering, and table of contents)
  • Prepare documents for production

Textbooks and learning materials

All course materials will be available online.

Hardware and software requirements

  • A PC computer running Windows XP or later operating system. Due to software requirements, this course is not directly accessible on a Mac
  • Microsoft Word 2010 for Windows. Mac users may run Microsoft Word 2010 for Windows through a Windows emulator if you choose; however, we do not provide hardware or software support for configuring your Mac.

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

Note: Please submit all assignments as MS Word files (2010 or later).

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