Edit a document through Microsoft Word or a similar word-processing program. The type of document can determine what kind of editing needs doing. Editing can mean many things, from changing the properties of the file to checking for spelling and grammar errors.
To edit the document in Microsoft Word, open the document and determine what type of editing it needs. To change words, simply erase them and type in the correction. To add something, move the cursor to the spot where it should be added, click to get the typing tool there and then start typing. There are tools in Microsoft Word to assist with editing, such as word count, thesaurus and spell check. To edit the properties of the file, such as the file type, open the document file from "My Documents" and right-click to get to the properties menu. This contains the option to change file name, type and other specifications.
Editing is usually to fix mistakes in a document before it becomes a final draft. This includes checking that the information is relevant and maintains the standards of the institution where the document is going. Fact-checking is also an important part of editing in all industries to make sure the information is valid and truthful.