25 Facts About Microsoft Word


Microsoft Word is a word processing software developed by Microsoft.

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In 1981, Microsoft hired Charles Simonyi, the primary developer of Bravo, the first GUI word processor, which was developed at Xerox PARC.

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In 1991, Microsoft capitalized on Word for Windows' increasing popularity by releasing a version of Word for DOS, version 5.

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Microsoft Word contains rudimentary desktop publishing capabilities and is the most widely used word processing program on the market.

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Microsoft Word 2007 introduced a redesigned user interface that emphasized the most common controls, dividing them into tabs, and adding specific options depending on the context, such as selecting an image or editing a table.

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Microsoft Word 2021 added co-authoring, a visual refresh on the start experience and tabs, automatic cloud saving, dark mode, line focus, an updated draw tab, and support for ODF 1.

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The later Microsoft Word 6 was a Windows port and poorly received.

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In 1997, Microsoft Word formed the Macintosh Business Unit as an independent group within Microsoft Word focused on writing software for Mac OS.

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Microsoft Word 2001, released in 2000, added a few new features, including the Office Clipboard, which allowed users to copy and paste multiple items.

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Microsoft Word X, released in 2001, was the first version to run natively on, and required, Mac OS X, and introduced non-contiguous text selection.

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Microsoft Word 2011, released in October 2010, replaced the Elements Gallery in favor of a Ribbon user interface that is much more similar to Office for Windows, and includes a full-screen mode that allows users to focus on reading and writing documents, and support for Office Web Apps.

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Microsoft Word 2021, added real-time co-authoring, automatic cloud saving, dark mode, immersive reader enhancements, line focus, a visual refresh, the ability to save pictures in SVG format, and a new Sketched style outline.

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FIB serves as the first point of reference for locating everything else, such as where the text in a Microsoft Word document starts, ends, what version of Microsoft Word created the document and other attributes.

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Rich Text Format, an early effort to create a format for interchanging formatted text between applications, is an optional format for Microsoft Word that retains most formatting and all content of the original document.

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Plugins permitting the Windows versions of Microsoft Word to read and write formats it does not natively support, such as international standard OpenDocument format, are available.

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Microsoft Word later declared that the ODF support has some limitations.

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In May 2006, the ODF plugin for Microsoft Word Office was released by the OpenDocument Foundation.

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Microsoft Word declared that it had no relationship with the developers of the plugin.

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In July 2006, Microsoft Word announced the creation of the Open XML Translator project – tools to build a technical bridge between the Microsoft Word Office Open XML Formats and the OpenDocument Format .

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Several later versions of Microsoft Word include the ability for users to create their formatting templates, allowing them to define a file in which: the title, heading, paragraph, and other element designs differ from the standard Microsoft Word templates.

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Microsoft Word added support for the common SVG vector image format in 2017 for Office 365 ProPlus subscribers and this functionality was included in the Office 2019 release.

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The tendency for people to exchange Microsoft Word documents via email, USB flash drives, and floppy disks made this an especially attractive vector in 1999.

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Microsoft Word Mobile is a word processor that allows creating and editing documents.

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Microsoft Word Mobile is neither able to display nor insert footnotes, endnotes, page headers, page footers, page breaks, certain indentation of lists, and certain fonts while working on a document, but retains them if the original document has them.

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In 2015, Microsoft Word Mobile became available for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile on Windows Store.

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