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10.2.3. KWord

KWord is the KOffice word processing program.
Open KWord by selecting the Kickoff Application Launcher > Office > Word Processing entry for KWord .
The first window contains options for opening New Recent or Existing documents, the type of Template , as well as a menu bar.
On the menu bar,
  • choose File to create a New file, Open , Close or Import a file, or Quit the application.
  • choose the Settings drop-down menu select Show Toolbar , Configure Shortcuts or Configure Toolbars .
  • click Help to open the KWord Handbook or Report a Bug . You can also access the KWord Handbook by pressing the F1 key.
After selecting a template click the Use This Template button and check the box Always use this template if you want to make it the program default.
The next window has three menu panels on the top, Frame shortcut icons on the left, the Document Structure window, the document work area, and an information panel running along the bottom.
The first menu row consists of:
lets you create New documents, Open and Close a file, Save , Export , Import , Mail , Create a Template From Document , Print , and Close the file or Quit the application.
allows you to Undo , Redo , Cut , Copy , Paste , Select All , All Frames or a single Frame . You can also Find , Replace , and Delete Page .
lets you open a new document with New View , Close All Views , Split or Remove View , Display Mode for Page , Preview , and Text Modes . You can Format Characters , choose Frame Borders , Hide Doc Structure and Rulers , Show Grid , Snap to Grid , and Zoom in and out.
lets you insert Special Characters , Page Breaks , Pages , Footnotes/Endnotes , Table of Contents , Variables , Expressions , Links , Comments , Files , Bookmarks , Tables , Pictures , Text Frames , Object Frames , or Scan Images .
lets you choose the Default Format , Font , Paragraph , Footnotes , Formulas , Styles , use the Style Manager , Import Styles , or Create a Style From a Selection . Page Layout can also be formatted and you can Enable Document Headers and Footers .
allows you to set Frame/Frameset Properties , Raise and Lower Frames , Bring to Front , Send to Back , Create a Linked Copy , Convert to Text Box , and to use the Frame Style Manager , Create Framestyle From Frame , change the Framestyle , Text Backgound Color , and Configure the Frame Border .
allows you to change the Table's Properties , Insert and Delete , Rows , and Columns , Join , Split and Protect Cells , Ungroup the Table , Delete a Table , use the Table Style manager and choose from several Tablestyles .
gives you access to Spellcheck , Autocorrection , Change Case , Sort Text , Edit Personal Expressions , Add Expressions , set Custom Variables , Select Bookmarks , and Configure Mail Merge .
lets you choose which Toolbars you want open, Configure Autocorrection and Completion , Configure Shortcuts , Toolbars , and Kword .
opens the KWord Handbook (which you can also access by pressing the F1 key), lets you Report a Bug and offers general information about KWord and KDE.
The row of icons under the top menu bar contains the most frequently used functions plus a few icons for text manipulation.
The third menu panel allows configuration of the appearance of your text, such as font selection, alignment, font, bullets, indentations, bolding, and italics.
Next to the work area is the Document Structure window which shows its structure, and icons for shortcuts to configure Frames .
The bottom panel shows the number of pages in the document, which page is in the work area window, whether Insert or Typeover is turned on, the Zoom in percentage, and the chosen measurement units.
A KWord tutorial is available at You can download pre-formatted templates and scripts from

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