Word processing

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Word processing describes the process of creating or editing a document using a word processor, such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or OpenOffice Writer. For example, with a word processor, a student could create a book report and then print it, save it to a disk, display it on the screen, or send it over e-mail. Also, a person looking for a job could create a résumé using a word processor, then e-mail or print and mail it to job recruiters.

What was used before word processing?

Before computers, people used typewriters to write reports or other documents, which had nowhere near the capabilities as today's word processors. With a word processor, you can easily edit and make changes to a document, move text around in a document, add images, change fonts, check for spelling errors, and much more.

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