MVP Web sites
The MVP Web site par excellence for information about Microsoft Word was the Word MVP Site, which was a collaboration of all the Word MVPs (and some others); unfortunately, with the decommissioning of MVPs.org, the articles at this site have been dispersed to many personal websites. As noted on my MVP FAQs page, the articles I contributed will eventually appear here.
Word MVP Lene Fredborg offers several helpful tools at her DocTools site.
Word MVP Jay Freedman's Macro Zone offers a number of nifty utilities for specific purposes.
The late Word MVP Shauna Kelly’s Word tutorial site, Making the Most of Word in Your Business, includes a step-by-step introduction to Word, plus easy-to-understand explanations of some of Word’s most puzzling features.
Word MVP Tony Jollans has some articles at his Word Articles site.
Word MVP Graham Mayor offers eclectic tips at his Microsoft Word Tips site.
VSTO MVP Cindy Meister blogs about Word issues here.
Former Word MVP Greg Maxey has a large number of useful articles and add-in at his Word Tips site.
Microsoft Office/Word support sites
Making sense of Word 2007 and above
There were once numerous resources for those who had recently upgraded from a previous version to Word 2007 or 2010 and were baffled by the Ribbon, including ways to customize the Ribbon to look like Word 2003, interactive command references to map Ribbon commands to the Word 2003 menus and toolbars, etc. Most of these are no longer available, but here are some remaining ones that can help:
If you are interested in understanding why the UI (user interface) was changed, read developer Jensen Harris's series of articles entitled “The Why of the New UI.” Especially interesting is Part 2, “Ye Olde Museum of Office Past.” There is also a media presentation on “The Story of the Ribbon”; it is a very large (146 MB) download but now can be viewed online.
Getting help from other users
If you are experienced in using Usenet newsgroups, you can still find newsgroups from the microsoft.public.word hierarchy on some news servers; traffic is light, but Word MVPs and others are still answering the questions that are posted. These newsgroups used to be hosted by Microsoft on its msnews server. Later the newsgroups were mirrored in the Microsoft Communities, which provided Web access.
Beginning in early 2010, Microsoft shut down the news server and Communities and moved its peer support to its forums. Support for Word is provided primarily through the Microsoft Community (previously Answers) forums, with support for Office developers through its MSDN forums. The following sites are of interest to Word users.
Videos on Using Microsoft Community
MathType Equation Editor tips (requests but does not require sign-in)
If you are taking a course based on a version of Word different from the one you're using, your assignments may require you to use color schemes you don't have. Fortunately, someone has prepared color swatches for Word 2007 and 2010 that can be replicated in Word 2013 (which has fewer choices). These swatches are © 2013 by Digital FX MediA and were previously posted at http://tonysalin.efoliomn.com/Uploads but have been taken down. For the convenience of users, I am posting them here.
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