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For the last year [1999-2000], Microsoft has been working closely with some of the leading experts in the legal community to create the Microsoft® Word® Legal User's Guide. The Guide contains step-by-step instructions to help legal users accomplish the tasks necessary to build robust legal documents in Microsoft Word 97 or Microsoft Word 2000.

The guide is not intended as a sales guide, telling you about all of the useful features in Word. Rather, the guide is focused on showing legal professionals step by step instructions for building great legal documents.

You do not need to read the guide in any particular order. It is broken up into chapters so that you can focus on what you need at a particular time. However, Microsoft recommends that you do work your way through the entire guide as it contains much useful information. Especially useful is the guide to third-party solutions that legal users can purchase and download to enhance the power of Word in a legal setting.

bulletBasic Formatting
bulletLegal Numbering [tricky and important]
bulletUnderstanding Styles [the heart of Word]
bulletSections, Section Breaks, and Headers-Footers
bulletComplex Legal Documents [Tables of Authorities, Tables of Contents, footnotes, endnotes, bookmarks & cross-references]
bulletTables in the Legal Environment
bulletTrack Changes (Document comparison, document merge, mark-up of editing)
bulletTemplate Basics
bulletFile New Variations in the Versions of Microsoft Word
bulletConfidentiality and MetaData (not really a chapter but some  important observations)
bulletDocument Corruption
bulletThird-Party Vendors Directory
bulletRevisions / Modifications - notes on modifications made by Charles Kenyon

Note from revisor/supplementor (CK): One of my first professors in law school said that every subject should be taught first. By that he meant that each course in law school meant more in context of other legal knowledge. It is all interrelated and an understanding of one (seemingly unrelated) part allows a deeper understanding of every other part. A similar statement can be made of attempting to learn the maze that makes up that complex engine for document creation known as Microsoft Word. You will probably gain by re-reading the chapters in this guide after you have read and digested the other chapters. 

You can download this entire Users Guide in Word format: (last updated 16 January 2001)
zip file, 1.9 Mb (requires WinZip or equivalent)
exe file, 1.2 Mb - self-extracting zip

You can also download individual chapters in Word format using links from that chapter.

Link to original Table of Contents Page on Microsoft Website

This page last edited by Charles Kenyon on Tuesday 05 August 2014