Creating a new, blank document in Microsoft Word is easy. That said, there's always more than one way to do something in Word, and I want you to see several of them so you can pick your favorite. Let's look at three ways you can start a new document.
Creating a blank document
If you simply want a completely blank document with no pre-existing content and with just standard formatting, there are three ways you can create a new document based on what Microsoft Word calls the Normal template:
Click on the File tab on the left-hand side of the Ribbon, then click on New:
You'll be asked which document type you want. Choose "Blank Document" ...
... and a new blank document will appear in the editing window.
Quick Access Toolbar
This method is even quicker. Floating above the tabs on the Ribbon is something called the Quick Access Toolbar. While that's covered in more detail elsewhere, your Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) gives you one-click access to your most frequently used commands. By default, you'll have at least the New Document, Open Document, and Save Document icons on the QAT. The New Document icon looks like a blank sheet of paper. Click it, and up pops a new document.
If for some reason you don't see that icon on your QAT, it's easy to add. Just click the drop-down arrow at the end of your Quick Access Toolbar and make sure that New has a check mark next to it:
Look above at the illustration of the Quick Access Toolbar. See what's written next to the word New? That key combination, <strong>CTRL-N</strong>, is the default keyboard shortcut for starting a new document. (If you find that doesn't work for you, it may be that someone else using your PC has designated that shortcut for another function. To learn how to restore it to its original function, click here.)
Here's what we've covered in this tutorial:
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Creating a new document using a template other than the Normal template.