Centre for Continuing Education

Microsoft Word Course: Level 3

Microsoft Word. Achieve a polished, professional look for your documents.

Learn Microsoft Word the smart way with Microsoft Word courses at the University of Sydney.


This Microsoft Word training course is designed for Microsoft Word users who are keen to extend their understanding and knowledge of the software beyond basic document creation. This course follows from Microsoft Word Course: Level 2.


Upon completion of this Microsoft Word training course, you should be able to:

  1. Create and work with SmartArt.
  2. Create and work with tables of contents and indexes in long documents.
  3. Create and work with master documents.
  4. Insert and edit footnotes and endnotes.
  5. Create, use and delete bookmarks and cross references.
  6. Use AutoCorrect to automatically correct commonly-misspelled and mistyped words and phrases.
  7. Create and use building blocks.
  8. Use a range of document proofing features.
  9. Understand and use the tracking feature in Word.
  10. Compare multiple versions of the same document.
  11. Create and remove several forms of protection for your document.
  12. Understand, insert and work with fields in a document.
  13. Create and work with electronic forms in Word.
  14. Create and work with macros.


This Microsoft Word training course covers the following topics:


  • Understanding SmartArt.
  • Inserting A SmartArt Graphic.
  • Inserting Text.
  • Adding Shapes Below.
  • Adding Shapes Above.
  • Adding Shapes Before And After.
  • Adding An Assistant.
  • Promoting And Demoting Positions.
  • Switching SmartArt Right To Left.
  • Positioning SmartArt.
  • Resizing SmartArt.
  • Applying A Different Layout.
  • Applying A Colour Scheme.
  • Applying A SmartArt Style.
  • Deleting SmartArt Shapes.

Longer documents

  • Understanding Tables Of Contents.
  • Inserting A Table Of Contents.
  • Navigating With A Table Of Contents.
  • Updating Page Numbers.
  • Updating A Table Of Contents.
  • Customising A Table Of Contents.
  • Formatting A Table Of Contents.
  • Understanding Indexing.
  • Marking Index Entries.
  • Creating An AutoMark File.
  • Marking Index Entries With An AutoMark File.
  • Removing Marked Entries.
  • Generating An Index.
  • Modifying The Index Format.
  • Updating An Index.

Master documents

  • Understanding Master Documents.
  • Understanding Subdocuments.
  • Creating A Master Document.
  • Creating Subdocuments.
  • Working With Master Document Views.
  • Inserting Subdocuments.
  • Formatting A Master Document.
  • Editing Subdocuments.
  • Merging Subdocuments.
  • Splitting Subdocuments.
  • Deleting Subdocuments.
  • Building A Table Of Contents.
  • Printing A Master Document.

Footnotes and endnotes

  • Understanding Footnotes And Endnotes.
  • Inserting Footnotes.
  • Inserting Endnotes.
  • Locating Footnotes And Endnotes.
  • The Footnote And Endnote Dialog Box.
  • Changing The Number Format.
  • Converting Footnotes And Endnotes.
  • Deleting Footnotes And Endnotes.

Bookmarks and cross references

  • Creating Bookmarks.
  • Navigating With Bookmarks.
  • Deleting Bookmarks.
  • Creating Cross-References.
  • Deleting Cross-References.


  • Understanding AutoCorrect.
  • Using AutoCorrect.
  • Adding AutoCorrect Entries.
  • Using Math AutoCorrect.
  • Understanding AutoFormat.
  • Using AutoFormat.
  • Using AutoFormat As You Type.

Building blocks

  • Understanding Building Blocks.
  • AutoText Versus Quick Parts.
  • Inserting A Building Block.
  • Creating Quick Parts.
  • Saving Building Blocks.
  • Inserting Building Blocks.
  • Editing Building Blocks.
  • Deleting Building Blocks.

Document proofing features

  • Proofreading Your Document.
  • Using Proofreading Marks.
  • Disabling The Spelling & Grammar Checker.
  • Customising The Spelling Checker.
  • Customising The Grammar Checker.
  • Using The Thesaurus.
  • Setting A Different Proofing Language.
  • Translating Selected Text.
  • Setting The Default Language.
  • Understanding Custom Dictionaries.
  • Adding Words To The Custom Dictionary.
  • Adding Words To The Custom Dictionary File.
  • Deleting Words From The Custom Dictionary.
  • Creating A Custom Dictionary.
  • Changing The Default Custom Dictionary.
  • Disabling And Enabling A Custom Dictionary.
  • Removing A Custom Dictionary.

Tracking changes

  • Understanding Tracking Changes.
  • Enabling And Disabling Tracked Changes.
  • Switching Between Simple Markup And All Markup.
  • Using Comments In Tracked Changes.
  • Showing And Hiding Markup.
  • Showing Revisions Inline And In Balloons.
  • Advanced Tracking Options.
  • Accepting And Rejecting Changes.

Comparing documents

  • Understanding Document Comparisons.
  • Selecting Documents To Compare.
  • Accepting And Rejecting Changes.
  • Saving The Revised Document.

Protecting documents

  • Understanding Document Protection.
  • Making A Document Read-Only.
  • Working With A Read-Only Document.
  • Restricting Formatting.
  • Working With Formatting Restrictions.
  • Restricting Editing.
  • Making Exceptions.
  • Stopping Document Protection.
  • Applying An Open Document Password.
  • Applying A Modify Document Password.


  • Understanding Fields.
  • The Field Dialog Box.
  • Inserting A Document Information Field.
  • Setting Field Properties.
  • Showing And Hiding Field Codes.
  • Showing And Hiding Field Shading.
  • Inserting Formula Fields.
  • Inserting A Date And Time Field.
  • Updating Fields Automatically When Printing.
  • Locking And Unlocking Fields.
  • Applying A Number Format.
  • Understanding Interactive Fields.
  • Inserting A FILLIN Field.
  • Typing Field Codes Into A Document.
  • Activating Interactive Fields.
  • Inserting An ASK Field.
  • Using REF To Display Bookmarks.
  • Activating Fields Automatically.

Electronic forms

  • Understanding Electronic Forms In Word.
  • Creating The Form Layout.
  • Understanding Content Controls.
  • Displaying The Developer Tab.
  • Inserting Text Controls.
  • Setting Content Control Properties.
  • Inserting The Date Picker Control.
  • Inserting Prompt Text.
  • Inserting Formulas.
  • Inserting A Combo Box Control.
  • Inserting A Drop-Down List Control.
  • Protecting And Saving The Form.
  • Using An Electronic Form.
  • Editing A Protected Form.


  • Understanding Macros In Word.
  • Setting Macro Security.
  • Saving A Document As Macro-Enabled.
  • Recording A Macro.
  • Running A Macro.
  • Assigning A Macro To The Toolbar.
  • Assigning A Keyboard Shortcut To A Macro.
  • Editing A Macro.
  • Creating A MacroButton Field.
  • Copying A Macro.
  • Deleting A Macro.
  • Tips For Developing Macros.

Delivery Style

This Microsoft Word training course is delivered as presenter-taught computer-based training in a Microsoft Windows environment. Please note that teaching instructions and materials for this course are specifically tailored to Windows PC users.

Intended Audience

This Microsoft Word training course assumes an intermediate understanding of Microsoft Word and the creation of documents.

You should be familiar with the basic functions of a computer operating system such as navigating the environment using a mouse and keyboard, starting applications, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, creating folders, opening files, saving files, familiarity with the accessing the Internet and use of common web browsers. If you do not have these skills, we recommend attending Basic Computer Skills Course and Effective Internet Use before attempting this course.


  • Free repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Free USB flash drive
  • Expert trainer
  • Dedicated computer for every student
  • Small class size
  • Student notes – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

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