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Why Upgrade to Office 2013? 4 Compelling Features You'll Want to Know

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 @ 03:07 PM

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With the release of the new Windows 8 operating system and the nonstop commercials for the Microsoft Surface tablet, Microsoft is making an aggressive bid to remain relevant in the increasingly complicated landscape of personal computing. Part of this push is the release of Office 2013, the latest version of the familiar Microsoft Office Suite. Each of the applications included have been through a major design overhaul, and all include a variety of new features that make them especially compatible with touch-friendly Windows 8.

MicrosoftOffice2013 365 People OnTheGoBut even with all of these changes, is it really worth it to upgrade to Office 2013? Below we’ll take a look at the key features that make an upgrade a compelling idea.

Cloud Compatibility

With Office 2013, Microsoft has made it possible to store and sync all of your documents across all of your Windows devices, so they can be accessed from anywhere.  All you need to do is save documents to your SkyDrive, and you can open and edit these from any of your Microsoft devices. Never again will you have to email yourself a document or risk having your work stuck on a faraway computer. Office 2013 is designed to cater more toward our connected world.

Rich Media Features

Throughout the suite of Microsoft Office 2013 products, there are a variety of new rich media options to make your documents, presentations, and other files more interactive and engaging. For example in PowerPoint, you can find and add photos from albums on Flickr, Facebook, and other online services without saving to your computer.

PDF to Word Doc Capabilities

Have you ever had to type out an entire PDF document because you needed to be able to edit it in Microsoft Word? In Office 2013, you’ll never have to suffer through this again. Word now does a great job of converting PDF files to Word format.

Flexible Pricing and Delivery

As is the case with most software nowadays, installing the software is as easy as a download. All versions of the new Microsoft Office are available via download instead of with clunky software installation disks. Versions include Office Home and Student ($139.99), Office Home and Business ($219.99), and Office Professional ($399.99).

In addition, Microsoft has offered Office 365 as a productivity and word processing option. Office 365 provides all of the Office Suite as apps and is purchased as a subscription of $99.99 a year. This option includes all of the Office apps and comes with 60 minutes of Skype calls per month.

What do you think about the upgrade? Share your thoughts below!

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Topics: Microsoft PowerPoint Training, microsoft office 2013, Microsoft Word Training, Lunch & Learn Webinars, webinars

Accomplishing More With Word: Using Styles to create table of contents in Microsoft Word documents

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Tue, Feb 02, 2010 @ 09:01 AM

Microsoft Word TrainingWhen it comes to formatting Microsoft Word documents, we still see so many inefficiencies and inconsistencies, not to mention documents that are not user friendly and not easy to navigate. But there is a way to change this.

Using Styles in Microsoft Word can remedy the situation (or at least a step in the right direction), not only making formatting easy and efficient, but also enabling easy creation and maintenance of table of contents. If you use Styles, you can create a compelling table of contents (with all the bells and whistles) instantly and as your document continues to evolve, update it at once.

Are you ready?

First: Instead of directly formatting your headings (the headings of the main sections of your document), use the Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3 Styles to do so. These are paragraph styles. This means you don't need to select the whole text of your heading in order to format it. All you have to do is click anywhere in the text, and click on the desired heading on the ribbon, and the formatting gets applied.

In Microsoft Word 2007, this is what the ribbon looks like with the Styles easily available:

Microsoft Word 2007 Styles


Second: When you are ready to produce your table of content, select the References tab, and then click on Table of Contents:

Microsoft Word 2007 References Tab


Third: Select one of the formats from the popup menu that gets displayed when you click on Table of Contents, and magically, the table of contents appears. Not only it appears, by default it displays the page numbers, hyperlinks to each section, and looks pretty! Of course you can change all these options as desired.

Microsoft Word 2007 Table of Contents Sample


Stay tuned for more Microsoft Word 2007 tips this week in the complimentary lunch and learn webinar Microsoft Word 2007 Tips by Kim Silverman.

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Topics: Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Word Training

How to find some of the familiar Microsoft Word 2003 commands in Microsoft Word 2007

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Tue, Dec 01, 2009 @ 12:26 PM

If you have move from Microsoft Word 2003 to Word 2007 recently, you may be at a loss. Even participants who have been using Word 2007 for some time still get stuck at times trying to find one of these commends that they don't use often (such as "Send for Review" to easily e-mail a document to someone else to review it).

The answer is actually pretty simple. It is nicely packaged in an interactive guide that is part of the Microsoft Office Online help. Here are the steps on how to get there:

  1. Click on the help button in Word 2007 (little question mark on the top right area)
    Search for "Word 2003 to Word 2007"
  2. One of the results that appear will be "Interactive: Word 2003 to Word 2007 command reference guide"
  3. Click on this reference guide to get it started
  4. Once is starts, you will see the Word 2003 familiar user interface
  5. Then you will be able to click on a menu item, and get the immediate answer as to where this command is in Word 2007

This is what the guide will look like, ready for you to indicate which comand you want help with:

Microsoft Office 2007

Your Turn: Find where the "Send for Review" is and put your answer below!


Topics: Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Word Training