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Keyboarding and Word Processing Essentials, Lessons 1-55: Microsoft® Word 2010, 18th Edition

  • Susie H. VanHuss University of South Carolina (Retired)
  • Connie M. Forde Mississippi State University
  • Donna L. Woo Cypress College, California
  • ISBN-10: 0538495383  |  ISBN-13: 9780538495387
  • 304 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2006, 2002
  • © 2011 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available
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Help your students master the keyboarding and formatting skills most important for career success! The Eighteenth Edition of KEYBOARDING AND WORD PROCESSING ESSENTIALS, LESSONS 1-55 uses proven techniques to guide students from initial new-key learning to confident expertise in formatting business documents with Microsoft® Word 2010. South-Western College Keyboarding offers a time-tested pedagogy that helps students develop a strong foundation in basic keyboarding, steadily improve their skills and rapidly become proficient in document formatting and business communication. Each lesson is clearly focused, well structured, and designed to provide step-by-step training and reinforcement to help students quickly acquire and apply new skills. Based on customer feedback, this semester-based text includes 55 lessons in a one-book solution that includes both documents and instructions for using keyboarding software (sold separately) within a space-saving easel-back format. Lessons 1-25 concentrate on building fundamental keyboarding skills by mastering the alphabetic keyboard, top-row numbers, and symbols. Lessons 26-55 teach the basics of document formats and word processing, including block and modified block letters, memos, tables, and graphics. A separate, second-semester text is available with Lessons 56-110, and a single-volume complete course text includes both semesters, plus a set of supplemental lessons related to Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

Features and Benefits

  • The South-Western College Keyboarding series features a complete set of textbooks and software to support all courses, making it easy to choose compatible components for every course structure and schedule—and across the entire keyboarding and word processing curriculum.
  • Correct keyboarding skills are emphasized with pictures and standard highlighted directions, making it easier for students to understand and acquire the fundamentals necessary for success.
  • Technique Tips provide useful hints to help students increase their keying proficiency and continue to improve their basic keyboarding skills.
  • Communication activities provide extra practice and reinforce language arts skills such as proofreading, capitalization, and composition.
  • Supplemental drills and timed writings give students extra practice to strengthen important skills.
  • An extensive Style Guide provides convenient access to a range of model documents, giving students realistic examples to use as templates and standards.

Table of Contents

1. Alphabetic Keys.
2. Figure and Symbol Keys.
3. Word 2010 Basics.
4. Memos and Letters.
5. Tables.
6. Reports.
7. Graphics.
8. Review.
Project 1: TruAcc, Inc. Simulation.
Reference Guide.
Summary of Commands.

What's New

  • Updated for Word 2010; Word 2010 is applied in all word processing drills and applications.
  • One series of textbooks and software that supports all courses to reduce confusion on which series to use and making purchasing decisions easier.
  • QuickCheck provides a visual thumbnail solution to help the learner know they’re on track.
  • Trouble Shooting feature provides tips on how students can overcome problems when the solution isn’t correct; for example, if the pagination is incorrect within sections of a document, Trouble Shooting will help the learner fix the issue.
  • Watch the Videos located in Keyboarding Pro DELXUE for Word 2010 commands and communication skills are referenced in the text prior to being applied to help train users and increase skills.
  • Communication Skills tutorials in Keyboarding Pro DELUXE are referenced in teh test for more emphasis on language arts.
  • Integrated learning tools give students a real advantage. For example, QuickChecks provide a visual solution to help students confirm that they're making progress and applying skills correctly; Challenge Applications extend learning by integrating research, critical thinking skills, or a combination of skills; and Trouble Shooting tips offer advice on overcoming problems such as incorrect pagination within document sections.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Keyboarding and Word Processing Essentials, Lessons 1-55 + Keyboarding Pro Deluxe 2 Student License (with Individual Site License User Guide and CD-ROM), 2nd

ISBN-10: 1111488231  | ISBN-13: 9781111488239

Bundle: Keyboarding and Word Processing Essentials, Lessons 1-55: Microsoft® Word 2010, 18th + Keyboarding Pro Deluxe 2 Student License (with Individual Site License User Guide and CD-ROM), 2nd + Microsoft® Office 2010 180-day Subscription

ISBN-10:  1111878935  | ISBN-13:  9781111878931

Bundle: Keyboarding and Word Processing Essentials, Lessons 1-55: Microsoft® Word 2010, 18th + Keyboarding Pro 6, Student License (with User Guide and CD-ROM), 6th

ISBN-10:  0495962880  | ISBN-13:  9780495962885

Bundle: Text, L 1-55 + Keyboarding Pro Deluxe Online, Lessons 1-55 Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1133298842  | ISBN-13:  9781133298847

ePack: Printed Text + Keyboarding Pro Deluxe Online, Lessons 1-55 Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1305605128 | ISBN-13:  9781305605121

Efficacy and Outcomes


"I am very satisfied with the proposed new text. The scope and sequence of lessons are appropriate and logical. The additional software is a plus. The WebReporting is very valuable." - Martha Harpole, Hinds Community College

— Martha Harpole

"I really love the books. They are easy to read, easy to teach from. Course content can be increased or decreased depending on student ability."- Kay Holcomb, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell

— Kay Holcomb


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor’s Manual, Lessons 1-55  (ISBN-10: 084005338X | ISBN-13: 9780840053381)

Prepare for class more quickly and effectively with resources such as teaching suggestions, activity solutions, and tips for assessing student progress. Solutions printouts and teaching notes are new to the Eighteenth Edition.

Instructor’s Resource CD-ROM, Lessons 1-55  (ISBN-10: 0840053428 | ISBN-13: 9780840053428)

Now all instructor materials are available on one convenient and easy-to-use CD. Designed to help facilitate classroom instruction, this CD has instructor files unique to the text, such as data files, Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides, teaching suggestions, and ExamView® software. Data files, solutions files, ExamView test questions, PowerPoint presentations, tests, and the syllabus have all been updated for the current edition. All of these tools can help motivate students and enhance their knowledge and course appreciation.

Keyboarding Pro DELUXE 2 Site License  (ISBN-10: 0840053193 | ISBN-13: 9780840053190)

This software uses step-by-step training and reinforcement to help students develop their skills and confidence while developing a strong foundation in the basic keyboarding skills they need for career success. Updated for Microsoft Word 2010, the software now includes a check for document formatting, a new timed writing report, and updated reference videos.

Keyboarding Pro Deluxe 2 Student License  (ISBN-10: 0840053355 | ISBN-13: 9780840053350)

This interactive and engaging software combines new-key learning and skill building lessons with document production tools for Microsoft® Word 2010. An exciting addition to any keyboarding or word processing course, KEYBOARDING PRO DELUXE 2 builds skills, increases confidence, keeps students motivated to learn the essentials of keyboarding and word processing, and has interactive videos and 3-D animations to review proper hand and finger positions. KEYBOARDING PRO DELUXE 2 includes advanced features such as error diagnostics, error-checking of keystrokes and document formats, a reference guide with presentations of Word 2010 commands, coverage of language arts skills and document formats, communications skills review and activities, document format activities, and create a grade book. The Web Reporter feature enables you to create and manage classes and view student reports easily using a simple browser.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Susie H. VanHuss

Dr. Susie H. VanHuss received her B.S. degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and her MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University. Her teaching specialties include business communications, administrative systems, and personnel management. Her work, includes textbooks in communications, keyboarding and word processing, and office technology. She has written numerous journal articles and has served on the editorial review boards of several leading business education journals.

Connie M. Forde

Dr. Connie M. Forde is a professor in the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development at Mississippi State University. She serves as curriculum coordinator and advises masters and doctoral students in the instructional technology programs. Dr. Forde is also the faculty advisor of Pi Omega Pi, the honorary society for business teacher education. She is an author on numerous word processing and integrated computer applications simulations as well.

Donna L. Woo

Donna L. Woo is an Instructor and Department Coordinator for Information Systems/Office Automation for Cypress College and Associate Director of Education at Pacific College. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Business Education from Michigan State University and earned her Ed.D. from Nova University. Her industry experience includes work for both IBM and General Motors. A respected author, Dr. Woo has written several word processing textbooks and has served as a coauthor on several editions of South-Western College Keyboarding textbooks.