Introduction to Word Processing

Please click on the 'Lab Manual' for detailed instructions.


To use Microsoft Office on the LAB computers you must use a virtual machine. To start the virtual machine follow the steps below.

  • On the desktop double click the CS120 icon
  • Several pop-up boxes will appear
  • For the 'Software Updates' box click 'Remind me later'
  • For the 'Question' pop-up click 'I copied it'
  • Now you should see the splash screen for Windows
  • For the 'Set Network Location' pop-up click 'Public Network'
  • On the 'Microsoft Windows' pop-up click 'Restart Later'
  • Click 'Close'

Exercise 1

Open Microsoft Word. Your job is to create a Word document that includes a variety of formatting. Use the following link to a Word document with four paragraphs. You are to change the formatting on the Word document and save it as hw4.docx. Use this file for your assignment.

  • Set different margins on every edge of the page; e.g.: 2" top, 3" bottom, 1.5" left, and 1" right.
  • Include double, single, and 1.5" spaced text.
  • Include left, right, centered, AND justified text alignment.
  • Include underline, italics, and bold text.
  • Use at least three different font types and 3 different font sizes in your document.


Save the Word document as 'hw4.docx' in the 'Word Document' format (it should be default). Send hw4.docx as an email attachment to your instructor.

In the subject line for your email, include the assignment number, your name and the last 4 digits of your RunnerID in this form:

Homework 4, 1234, Samantha Spade

(Replace Samantha Spade with your name and 1234 with the last four digits of your student ID). The subject line must be exactly in this format (including capital letters and commas) in order for my grading script to download your assignment correctly, so please follow these instructions carefully.

Errors in your homework grade must be worked out with your instructor within one week of grades being posted. You will be asked to show the assignment in the sent email box with the attachment as proof that you submitted your work on time.

Remove your USB drive and take the drive with you when you leave. This should be the last action when you leave the lab every time. The lab computers are wiped clean every night and all data stored on them is deleted. USB drives left plugged into the computer usually find a new owner.