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Word processing software’s purpose is to allow the user to create professional-looking documents like letters, flyers, and brochures.

Typesetting as a practice is as not quite as old as the written word, but it’s nearly there. Modern typesetting began with the printing press and many of the principles that were developed in the early days of the printing press still apply to modern word processing. It wasn’t until the 1960s that word processing by computers and software began to be explored. The idea was to duplicate what a typewriter does, only in software. They’ve come a long way since IBM’s first word processing Selectric typewriter. Google Docs will be the primary focus of this chapter.

Depending on which computer you are using, you might have a slightly different version of Microsoft Office. Most of the screenshots will be of Office 2016 or Office 365, but the differences will be largely cosmetic if you have a different version.

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