Office 2013: the real startup guide is the latest in our popular series of comprehensive guides to buying, preparing, installing and configuring Office.
“Things you should know that Microsoft won’t tell you: saving money, installing, configuring and using Office 2013”
We’ll help you properly prepare for installing Office 2013 the best way and for the least cost.
After all it’s probably the most used piece of software on your computer, aside from Windows itself – so it’s worth getting right.
We’ll give you information that Microsoft doesn’t provide ‘up front’ so that you can make a properly informed installation and configuration
Around 260 pages, full color, fully updated, PDF format.
Office 2013: the real startup guide applies to all versions of Office 2013 including:
We also explain the difference between all those different names <g>.
Office 2013 – Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Outlook 2013 and OneNote 2013.
The big change in Office 2013 is the way it’s sold. Microsoft is heavily pushing annual subscriptions to Office over the one-time purchase we’re used to.
You can still buy Office 2013 ‘off the shelf’ but it costs more because you get a lot less than in the past.
We have detailed advice on how to buy Microsoft Office for less that retail.In fact our motto is
“Never pay retail”
We also have detailed advice on the computer hardware that’s best to run Office 2013, far more information than Microsoft’s brief and understated system requirements on page 16.
We’ll take you step-by-step through the online purchase of an Office 2013/Office 365 subscription
How to try out Office 2013 without uninstalling your current version of Office – on page 41
Office on Demand is a unique and useful portable option that’s worth checking out. It’s only available to people with the Office 365 subscription. We look at Office on Demand on page 10.
Microsoft likes to push the line that installing their software is simple and easy. For the most part it is easy, but there are things that you should do to make your computing is more stable and efficient starting on page 21.
Step-by-Step with Click-To-Run
This ebook will take you step-by-step through an Office 2013 installation. Both the ‘traditional’ download or disk installation AND the newer ‘Click To Run’ installation that’s very different from what we’re all used to (on page 66).
64-bit Office 2013 has special considerations, which we look at in detail starting on page 34.
Microsoft’s Product Activation helps them prevent software piracy and usually works fine for customers. We show you how to avoid activation problems and plead your case to Microsoft on page 58
What Microsoft wants isn’t necessarily what you need. Microsoft chooses the original settings based on what they think people want and, occasionally, some marketing agenda. This book suggests easy changes to make, starting on page 64
The ribbon interface has a lot more going on than most people realize. Starting on page 101 we go into the ribbon in detail, the features and shortcuts as well as the changed things in Office 2013. Then on page 115 see how it can be easily changed in Office 2013.
The Quick Access Toolbar can also be loaded up with your most commonly used commands – we have step-by-step instructions on page 121.
Using Office 2013
An in-depth look at some of the new and changed Office 2013 features.
Word you can now edit PDF files (on page 171), insert online video (on page 174) and design tables more easily (on page 179). Reading mode (on page 163) and Reviewing (on page 168) have improvements
Outlook has an easier way to reply to messages with inline messaging (on page 248). Quick Peek (on page 243) lets you quickly view contacts and appointments without totally switching windows. At least, you can re-order folders (on page 246)!
Excel Flash Fill (on page 205) and Quick Analysis (on page 188 plus much easier ways to choose Charts (on page 192) and PivotTables (on page 200). Also welcome additions like proper multiple windows and animations. Naturally there’s new functions (on page 209) including a way to grab XML data without code (on page 213)
PowerPoint now has widescreen slides (on page 221). Smart Guides (on page 222) are really clever helpers for positioning objects. Merge shapes (on page 230) to create your own. Color matching (on page 236) lets you get your colors exactly right. Video/audio formats (on page 238) have changed and there’s better Comments (on page 241).