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Computer Keyboarding 2 Online
(Specific information is intended as an example only.)

On-Campus Orientation:

We will meet on campus for a mandatory orientation session this week and/or next week. I will e-mail you with details. Be sure you have submitted the Questionnaire or I will not be able to contact you.

  • Your online success depends largely on your ability and commitment to read and follow directions in your textbooks, GDP, these assignment sheets, and e-mail.

  • In a traditional classroom setting, the content of these assignment sheets would be the basis for my classroom presentations.


ORIENTATION TO WORD PROCESSING, KEYBOARDING 2: Our on-campus orientation will also focus on how to use the Word Manual; complete practice exercises, document processing jobs, and proofreading checks; and use the Reference Manual and Scored Results will be held this week.

MICROSOFT WORD 2007 or 2010: You are required to have Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 to complete Lesson 21. Read FAQ 5: Do I need Microsoft Word to take this course, and are there any special settings? Before using Word in GDP, you must manually set (or verify) certain Word options.

Using Word in GDP (review of Word settings)
Orientation to Word Processing
Quick Start to Word Processing (brief)

Click here to visit the GDP Movie Channel, which contains a list of all movies related to GDP. Click "Orientation to Word Processing." This presentation was written for a Keyboarding 1 course, so some of the information will not directly apply to this Keyboarding 2 course.


Adjust Word Settings

You must have Word 2007 or Word 2010 installed to complete any Practice exercises or document processing jobs.  To create a standardized, trouble-free computing environment, GDP automatically opens Word documents with the Word 2003 Style Set already in place. This style set uses certain preset margins, line spacing, and font choices. See Appendix A of the Word Manual for details on this style set and for all Word settings related to GDP. Before you begin any Practice exercise or document processing job, manually set or verify the Word options discussed in these handouts.

Complete List of Word Settings for GDP (PDF) 
If you need technical support, see to the Troubleshoot page for the 11e.


Before you begin Lesson 21 at home, you must make some adjustment to your browser settings. Follow the steps for your browser.

Getting Ready for GDP11e With Internet Explorer, (PDF) 

Getting Ready for GDP11e With Firefox, (PDF

Read this list of technical steps you might wish to consider taking on your home computer before beginning document processing.


Practice Exercises & Document Processing, (PDF)

This handout includes information to:

  1. Understand basic browsing concepts in Windows.
  2. Complete Practice exercise, Lesson 21E, using Internet Explorer or Firefox.
  3. Complete Correspondence 26-3, a typical document processing job, using these GDP features:
  w Start Work (Download File to Begin Work).
w Save As and Return to GDP.
w Browse (Upload/Save File to GDP).
w Work at a second location for document processing jobs.
w Submit Work (Score Your Work) and use the Scored Results (aka Proofreading Viewer).
w Edit Work (Download File to Begin Work) and use the Scored Results (aka Proofreading Viewer).
  1. Change a previous document processing job such as Correspondence 26-4.
  2. Use reference initials in correspondence such as those used in Correspondence 26-4.
  3. View comments in the Portfolio.
  4. Understand Time Spent and Total Time in the Portfolio.
  5. Understanding Proofreading Checks and Attempt Origin in the Portfolio.
Developing Technique
Review all information on the Technique Check page.

It's a stretch! Download this file, "Ergonomic Stretches for the Office," for some great stretches whenever you need a break.

Orientation to GDP Software
  1. Log on to GDP with your student credentials, and click the Help icon for Instant Help.
  2. Note that a new browser window opens for Instant Help; click View All Entries.
  3. In the left pane under Sections, click General; in the right pane, click View Instructions under Getting Started With GDP 11, Logging in to GDP 11, and GDP Technical Requirements.
  4. In the left pane under Sections, click Program Structure; in the right pane, click View Instructions under Lessons, The Lessons Menu, and The Navigation Bar.
  5. In the left pane under Sections, click Lesson Features; in the right pane, click View Instructions under Scoring and Scored and Unscored Exercises.

When you are finished, close the Instant Help window, and click the GDP11e button in the Windows taskbar to resume work in GDP.

Getting Started

  • Open your textbook to Lesson 61. 
  • In GDP click the Part 4 tab, Unit 13, Lesson 61, and follow screen directions.
  • In GDP, click My GDP, Resources; click the Open next to "11e Errata List for Students," and make all the listed changes in your textbook and Word Manual. If you receive an error opening the file, make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed. Click here to download and install it.
  • In GDP, click My GDP, Resources; click the Open next to "Best Classroom Practices for Students," and read the information.
Lesson 61: Skillbuilding and Letter Review

61-A, Warmup

  1. Click the Help icon.
  2. In the new browser window for Instant Help, click View All Entries; in the left pane under Sections, click Warmups; in the right pane under Warmups, click View Instructions and read the related information.

Note: Use the Volume button (to the left of the Help button , top right corner of screen) to turn sound off and on. Leave the volume on whenever possible for demonstrations of new keys and skillbuilding.

Keystroking Error Marking

When you click Score Text after you finish typing a MAP+ pretest, GDP scores your copy automatically and errors are marked in red, blue, or green as shown below. These same color codes will be used when document processing jobs and timed writings are scored for keystroking:

  •  Misstrokes (misspellings or errors in spacing or punctuation after a word) appear in red text.
  •  Omissions (words you left out by mistake) appear in green text.
  •  Insertions (words you added by mistake) appear in blue text.
Scoring Legend:


61-B, MAP+: Alphabet

In this lesson, you will use MAP+: Alphabet. This routine begins with a diagnostic pretest that includes alphabet keystrokes only followed by a diagnostic analysis of up to 80 different types of misstrokes for that pretest. MAP+ then displays a list of prescriptive drills for you to type to address your specific keystroking weaknesses. This diagnostic program is unique to GDP and is an extremely powerful tool that helps pinpoint your keystroking weakness and provides customized prescriptive drills to fix them. See Map & Skillbuilding, Diagnostics for details.

61-C, Progressive Practice: Alphabet

Read the GDP directions for this new drill carefully. You will take a 1-minute timed writing to determine your beginning speed. Try to type the 1-minute timed writing with 3 errors maximum pushing moderately for speed. See Map & Skillbuilding, Progressive Practice: Alphabet or Numbers.

  1. Click the Help icon for Instant Help.
  2. In the new browser window for Instant Help, in the left pane under Sections, click Progressive Practice; in the right pane under Progressive Practice, click View Instructions and read the related information.

61-D+, Language Arts
Repeat this drill until you have 2 errors maximum.

Click here for information on viewing a movie tutorial for Language Arts. When you click one of the previous links, a movie should begin playing immediately. Make sure your computer speakers are on and your volume is up.

Formatting Conventions

61-E, Advanced Formatting

Formatting bar. The bar in the textbook designates instructions, rules, and sometimes illustrations that will help you format the document processing jobs that follow in that lesson.

Read ADVANCED FORMATTING section with great care so that you are prepared to correctly format the jobs in the textbook. Particularly note the information on typing your own reference initials when you see "urs" in a letter.



  REFER TO Reference Manual: In the left panel of the text, this icon reminds you to review page R-3A in the Reference Manual for an illustration of a business letter formatted in block style. From this point forward, use these REFER TO icons as needed to review formatting whenever you have a question. The Reference Manual is found in the front of your textbook and the Word Manual and electronically in GDP by clicking the Reference Manual button.
  GDP Reference Manual: Click the Reference Manual button in GDP to find valuable, detailed information for formatting a variety of documents.
Document Processing Conventions
Document Processing bar: This bar in the textbook designates the start of hands-on document processing jobs. Some jobs are shown arranged (see page 249) and others like the ones in this lesson are shown unarranged.

REFER TO Word Manual: Next to the Document Processing bar, you will sometimes see a REFER TO Word Manual icon. In this case, "L. 45" means that you should see Lesson 45 in the Word Manual to review a Word feature that is used in one of the jobs in the lesson. In this case, in Lesson 45, you will review setting tabs for use in a modified-block style letter for Correspondence 61-57, the last job in this lesson.

   In the left margin, ", series" and ", transitional expression" remind you that these language arts rules have been applied in that line. You can review those language arts rules in the Language Arts section for that lesson or in the front of the textbook beginning on p. R-15.

Correspondence 61-55, Business Letter in Block Style

Select Correspondence 61-55 from the GDP Lesson menu and follow the on-screen directions.

  • When you type a document in Word, allow lines to wrap automatically as you approach the right margin—Word will automatically return at the end of lines when the right margin is met. These automatic line endings might not match those displayed in the textbook for the job. For example, in your textbook the first line in the first paragraph of Correspondence 61-55 ends with “related to.” When you type this paragraph, your first line ends with "pending."
  • The red paragraph marks at the start of paragraphs let you know where a new paragraph begins—do not type these marks.

Scoring a Document

You will now have to decide whether to score or not score the document. If you are sure you have proofread your document and corrected all errors, click Yes to score the document.

Developing Proofreading Skills [PDF] (by Arlene Zimmerly)
Includes tips to proofread Language Arts exercises (compositions and compared text) and document processing jobs using GDP's Scoring Results (aka Proofreading Viewer). These four steps to developing proofreading skills are discussed:

  1. Recognition
  2. Practice
  3. Reinforcement
  4. Assessment
Proofreading Tips 
Learn to use Microsoft Word's Speak and Navigation Pane Search features to proofread documents.

Extra Credit for Proofreading, First Scored Attempt.

  • You can earn from 0.5 up to 1.5% point of extra credit on any document that you score that has 0 errors on the first scoring attempt. In essence, this means that you found and corrected all your errors without the help of GDP.
  • These extra credit points are valuable and make a significant difference in your final grade, so you always want to work for them. Proofreading Check documents begin in Lesson 26.
  • You must be able to proofread perfectly on the first scored attempt to earn a proofreading check point. You may repeat the job as many times as you wish.
Editing a Document
  • If you have scoring errors on a document, you must return to the document, reselect it, and click Edit Work. Press Alt + Tab to move between the Word file and the Scored Results  window, or use the Windows Taskbar and alternately click the buttons for GDP11e and the Word file.

  • Follow the on-screen instructions in GDP to edit a document processing job.

Correspondence 61-56, Personal Business Letter in Block Style
  • The red inserts in this document are proofreaders' marks that indicate how to change the document when you type it. Review R-14C in either your Word Manual or in your textbook at the beginning of the book. For example, the three, short underline marks below the “s” in “september” signal you to capitalize “September.”
  • Red paragraph marks are not always placed at the left margin as they were in Correspondence 61-55. Begin your individual paragraphs whenever you see a paragraph mark.
  • Extra space has been added between the lines of this document to accommodate proofreaders' marks to be inserted. Do not confuse the extra spacing with double spacing. Your letter must be single-spaced.

Correspondence 61-57, Business Letter in Modified-Block Style

  • When you click Start Work in GDP to begin this job, GDP will open a file named "GDP11-2007-Unit13_Cor061-55-S.docx" because this job is an edit of the solution (-S) for Correspondence 61-55 (Cor061-55). Remember that you can save and name these initial start files any way you like. The best name to give any job is one that you will recognize later when you use Browse to upload and save the file to GDP.
  •  Review the Word Manual, Lesson 45, so that you will set tabs correctly for this letter in modified-block style.