Purpose of Microsoft Word

By Jennifer Sobek

Microsoft Word is a word processing program that is part of the Microsoft Office Suite package. The main purpose of Word is to create text documents that can be saved electronically, printed on paper or saved as PDF files.

Composition and Editing

Microsoft Word allows users to type words, sentences and paragraphs much like a typewriter. However, Microsoft Word allows you to edit your words after typing them. For example, you can correct spelling, grammar, change words, delete or add words or even move entire blocks of text to other parts of the document.

Formatting and Saving

Microsoft Word contains many features that will allow you to format your text using boldface type, italics, underlining, headers and footers, bullets and numbering. The program will also allow you to save your document electronically to the computer's hard drive so that the document can be re-opened at a later date.


Microsoft Word can also help print your document. With Word, you can select printing options, such as choosing the printer you wish to print on or selecting how many copies of the document you want to print.