Posts tagged: Word

Is formatting your dissertation/thesis harder than you expected?

17 July 2017

If you’re struggling with word processing your dissertation/thesis, then you’re not alone. It can be a demanding task, with many students find this aspect of the process more time consuming and stressful than they anticipated. But MS Word provides tools and features that make this task so much easier to manage. You can save time, learn the skills to work more effectively and reduce your anxiety levels too.

Do you know how to…?

  • Create an automatic table of contents for your document headings?
  • Apply Word’s ‘Captions’ for figures and tables, and create automatic listings for them?
  • Apply different page numbering formats to the different parts of your document?
  • Change page orientation mid-document, e.g. to accommodate a large chart?

No? What??? Then you need to check out our handbook and video resources…

Handbook and Videos

These resources focus on the key MS Word tools and features that you should know about and use when Formatting your dissertation/thesis.

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Congratulations David! Our first MOS Master 2016

16 December 2016

Congratulations to David E Sanchez Espinoza on becoming the University’s first person to qualify as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) – Master 2016, since it was introduced in September. Yes, last week was an eventful one for David, as he also graduated with an MSc in Petroleum and Gas Engineering.

Determined to achieve Master status before he left Salford, achieving this certification felt like an early Christmas present to himself!


David Sanchez Espinoza – MOS 2016 Master

David recommends the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) programme to all, and not just to enhance a CV.

“I think that many of us are familiar with Microsoft Office applications, but only to a limited level. I wanted to use this opportunity to develop my skills and broaden my knowledge in the applications that are really relevant to my career field. Going through the MOS programme has allowed me to do that.

I now have much more confidence in producing professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the workplace. And getting a certificate that validates my knowledge is definitely worth it.”

Want to know more about MOS?

It’s a globally recognised certification programme, and is freely available to all current students and staff at the University.

The training software is aimed at candidates who have an existing knowledge of their chosen application/s, but perhaps need to strengthen or widen that knowledge to become ‘exam ready’.

How many exams you take is entirely up to you – the choices are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and/or Access. Expert level certification is also available in Word and Excel. Or you can aim even higher with the MOS Master certification, as David did, by passing a combination of four exams.

Don’t put it off ’til tomorrow – join the MOS programme today

Learn to ‘Touch Type’ this summer

10 July 2015

We often meet students who express their frustration that they cannot type ‘properly’. Learning to ‘touch type’,  typing accurately… at speed… without looking at the keyboard, is a great skill to aquire. It saves lots of time – it allows you to work smarter!

Well, the good news is, it’s never been easier to learn… as there are so many websites offering it for FREE.

My personal favourite is It’s easy to use, and its layout is clean and simple. As you learn more keys, its graphics – a coloured finger  indicates which finger to use for each key – are a great visual prompt.

Hands graphic - visual aid for touch typing

Can’t remember where a key is? Look at the blue finger on the screen…

Get the most out of it by creating an account

You don’t have to create an account, but if you do then your progress is tracked so it remembers the last thing you did, and it highlights your weak points. Mine was always having to reach out with my little fingers… I’ve got small hands…

Give it a go – it’s actually quite fun, especially for those who have a competitive inclination.

But remember, if you want it to stick you’ll have to practice, practice, practice… so the summer vacation is an ideal time to set yourself up for September.


Are you ready for your Microsoft Office Specialist Exam?

2 March 2015

Wow! Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 (MOS) candidates have achieved an impressive 92% pass rate so far this year.

So, if you’ve registered for MOS but haven’t got around to trying the software yet, why not take a practice test today and see how you do. You might surprise yourself with how much you already know!

The GMetrix practice tests give you a clear idea of what to expect in a real exam, and when you score over 70% then you’re ready to book a place on an exam session. And of course, you don’t have to sit an exam for every application – which is ideal, if you only want to be certified for one or two applications.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 certification

March exam sessions:

Book your place via Advantage, or the date links above. Exam sessions run every month, with more dates added as demand requires.

Hope to you soon!

Online IT courses

23 February 2015

Ever wanted to learn more about Excel, Word or PowerPoint? Now the University is offering you the chance to brush up your skills, for absolutely free, online.

Short courses include Excel Pivot Tables and Macros, how to format a dissertation in Word and how to add media to PowerPoint, among many others. The full range of courses covers:

  • Access
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Project
  • SharePoint
  • Word

All you need is your University email to log on. Access the elearning from here:

Alternatively, click the apple icon on the desktop of any University PC:






Once you have completed a course, you are even eligible for a certificate of completion

Get the MOS out of Microsoft

28 December 2014


The Library is offering all students the opportunity of gaining Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2010 certification – for free. This is an industry recognised qualification that shows you have proven IT skills – in demand in a competitive job market.

But it’s not just about getting a qualification for your CV. In working towards MOS certification you’ll find yourself tapping into the full capabilities of Microsoft Office, enabling you to complete university assignments and projects with greater confidence and efficiency.

You can gain a single MOS qualification, a few, or all, in the following courses:

  • Word 2010
  • Excel 2010
  • PowerPoint 2010
  • Access 2010
  • OneNote 2010
  • Outlook 2010

How much time will it take?

That depends on your current level of knowledge. Some people will just need to take a few practice tests, which simulate real Microsoft Office Specialist exams, to familiarise themselves with the software and how the questions are phrased, and others will need more time to refresh their skills. If you have little or no knowledge you can use the training software to build up your skills, take practice tests as you wish and take an exam/exams when you feel ready.


To find out more and to register your place on the programme visit Microsoft Office Specialist

Struggling with your studies? Get Skills for Learning

11 December 2014

skills for learning captureSkills for Learning is a great new website that brings study support together in one easy to find place. It covers all the main areas of:

– Reading and writing

– Finding and understanding information

– Using and referencing information

– IT and digital skills

– Working with numbers

– Group work and presentations

– Assessment, revision and exams

– Supporting your dyslexia or disability

Go and have a look around the site to see what support you can get today from eLearning, videos and guides, or another day by booking onto a workshop, calling into a drop in or arranging a one to one appointment.

And don’t forget, there are also lots of great posts on this blog that will help you with your studies.

If you would like to comment on the site, make suggestions for things to add and things to change you can either post a comment here or email

Help with Excel, PowerPoint and Word

12 June 2014

If you’re a student at Salford and struggling with any aspect of Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint – help is at hand.

A new series of drop in sessions and classroom based courses to help you brush up your IT skills are now available. Whether you need to know how to use formulas in Excel or how to sort out the headings on your dissertation, there’s a session for you, crafted by our team of friendly Digital Skills Trainers, based in the Library.

Here are three ways you can access training and support with IT skills at Salford:

Drop In:
Tuesday 24 June, 8 July, 22 July – Clifford Whitworth Library, second floor extension, room 202a. Times: 1-3pm
Wednesday 18 June, 2 July, 16 July, 30 July. Allerton Learning Space, Seminar Room (CLib105). Times: 1-3pm

Bring your questions/issues with any aspect of Word, PowerPoint or Excel.

Classroom sessions:
New timetable of free training courses is now out. Check out our range of courses on the Library website and book your place on the Advantage system.

Online training:
There’s a great range of elearning on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and much more, for you to work through at your own pace. The training courses are extremely thorough: pick just the aspects you want to learn more about. Online training available here.