Working With Documents

Documents are an essential part of any job. Documentation is crucial, whether you’re preparing for busy seasons or handing over the project to another team member. Effective documentation allows you to provide an abundance of information from account logins to step-bystep instructions that your team can use when work gets busy. Documentation also saves time since you don’t need to go through emails or downloaded files for the information you require.

Document — (noun) A piece of document that contains official information like a receipt, contract or letter. Documents can be written record, for example, an entry in a journal, or an academic report. Documents can be structured or semistructured. Unstructured documents include handwritten notes, letters and newspaper articles; semistructured ones include books, databases and blogs on the internet. Document can also be a work of nonfiction that provides the reader with a reference study or comparison like manuscripts printed matter, illustrations, maps, photographs and museum specimens.

On an macOS device document is a file that holds formatting and text in a format that can be printed on standard paper, or displayed on an LCD screen. Documents can be created using macOS applications like Pages and TextEdit and by using templates from the App Store. For more information, refer to the Apple Documentation for Pages and the Apple Documentation for TextEdit. You can also find assistance for these and other applications by clicking Help in the menu bar while working or by searching “document” on your Mac.