Because the oldest of the Workplace purposes, Microsoft Phrase was already full of intensive phrase processing capabilities. It is a nice shock then that Phrase 2013 boasts helpful new and improved options throughout the board, from doc creation to studying, enhancing, and collaboration.
1. A New Search for Phrase
The primary change you will see once you launch Phrase 2013 is a startup display screen moderately than a clean doc, as in older variations of Phrase. Within the left pane, you will see an inventory of your most up-to-date Phrase paperwork in addition to the choice to open extra recordsdata. In the proper pane, you may choose from numerous templates, equivalent to clean, flyer, weblog put up, and lots of extra in addition to search Microsoft’s library of on-line templates. In case you are a long-time Phrase consumer, this new touchdown web page could take some getting used to, however it may be disabled if the outdated look is most well-liked.
The New Design Tab
Phrase 2013 nonetheless helps the Ribbon interface however now options for styling a doc are mixed throughout the new Design Tab so that they’re simple to search out. Doc formatting may be shortly outlined by selecting Themes, Colours, and Fonts to make use of with them. From right here, you preview your decisions and might even save your formatting as a default for all new paperwork.
2. Straightforward Graphic Alignment and Structure Choices
The brand new Alignment Guides in Phrase 2013 make lining up photographs and different objects a snap. They’re a visible approach to present when the item, equivalent to a picture, chart, or SmartArt illustration, is aligned with the highest of a paragraph or to a heading or different parts on the web page.
Handy Structure Choices
Choose an image, chart, or SmartArt object, and the helpful new Structure Choices icon seems outdoors the item’s prime proper nook. Click on it to configure placement and textual content wrapping choices, all with out shifting to the Ribbon.
While you right-click an object and select, for instance, Format Image or Format Form, a brand new formatting activity pane opens. This pane replaces the dialog field from earlier variations and stays open as you’re employed and reveals simple to comply with formatting choices for the at present chosen object.
3. Improved Studying in Learn Mode
If you happen to use Phrase extra to learn paperwork than to create them, you will like Phrase 2013’s new Learn Mode which is clear and distraction-free. Change to the Learn Mode and the Ribbon collapses as do many of the tabs. This new view mechanically resizes a doc to the complete window and shows your paperwork in easy-to-read columns. Click on the on-screen arrows to flip by the pages or, in the event you’re utilizing a touch-screen monitor or pill, swipe the display screen from both fringe of the show. Proper-click on any unfamiliar phrases to show a definition with out leaving Learn Mode. It’s also possible to click on on any picture, desk, or chart to enlarge it for simpler studying.
Resume Your Work
Now, once you reopen a doc, Phrase 2013 remembers the place you have been and allows you to maintain studying or enhancing proper the place you left off, even once you reopen an internet doc from a unique pc or system. This characteristic is supported in a number of views together with Learn Mode in addition to Print Structure, the default view in Phrase.
4. Smarter Collaboration
Reviewing paperwork with Tracked Modifications and feedback is less complicated now with Phrase 2013’s new Easy Markup view. From Easy Markup, advanced markups are hidden and the ultimate doc is displayed. Nevertheless, you continue to see indicators within the left margin the place tracked modifications have been made. While you double-click one in all these strains, Phrase switches to the All Markup view so that you see the complete edits. Click on the indicator line once more, and Phrase goes again to Easy Markup.
One other enchancment is you may lock the Observe Modifications characteristic in Phrase which suggests somebody must enter a password to make Phrase cease Observe Modifications. It is a smart way to make sure all modifications are recorded when your doc is being reviewed by a number of individuals.
Feedback are higher too as a result of they now have a reply button which provides customers the choice to maintain a dialog inside one small speech bubble. Now it is easy to trace feedback proper subsequent to the associated textual content as an alternative of making a mess of feedback on one matter. And when a remark is dealt with, you mark it as achieved. It will likely be greyed out to maintain out of your approach, however the dialog will nonetheless be there if you’ll want to revisit it later.
5. Open and Edit PDFs inside Phrase
Opening and enhancing PDFs is lastly a full-fledged characteristic in Phrase 2013. In previous variations, you can save a Phrase doc as a PDF, however you could not edit a PDF with out changing it to a Phrase doc first. Now you merely open a PDF as if it’s a Phrase doc and edit it as ordinary. Phrase handles nearly any PDF you need to work with, even when it has a number of tables, massive photographs, totally different fonts, and so on-all with out the necessity of a 3rd?celebration software.
6. New and Improved Desk Options
Phrase 2013 lastly addresses the frustration of formatting totally different width and elegance borders in a Phrase desk. The helpful Border Painter device and Border Types characteristic simplify and pace up formatting.
Choose a Line Model, Line Weight, and Pen Colour or select a preset from the Border Types checklist, after which paint the borders onto the desk. With the Border Sampler device, it is now additionally doable to pattern an present border after which use the Border Painter to duplicate the model elsewhere within the desk.
So as to add a brand new row to a desk, simply hover your mouse outdoors the left fringe of the desk on the level the place the row is to be inserted. Click on on the small icon that pops up and also you’re achieved. There is a related icon for simply including a brand new column. There are additionally new decisions for working with tables on the Mini Toolbar which pops up once you both choose a portion of a desk or right-click on a desk.
7. Higher Administration of Lengthy Paperwork
Lengthy paperwork can turn out to be unruly to handle particularly in the event you’re working in only a small portion of it. New Increase/Collapse choices in Phrase 2013 allow you to collapse and broaden the headings of a doc to make it simpler focus solely on the portion you want. To do that, you could format the doc’s headings utilizing the built-in types Heading 1, Heading 2, and so forth. To cover the paragraphs, hover your mouse to the left of a formatted heading after which click on the small triangle that seems, leaving simply the heading textual content seen. For menu management of the Increase/Collapse possibility, simply right-click on a heading.
8. Multimedia Magic
If you happen to design newsletters, flyers, brochures, or different graphical paperwork in Phrase, now you can add internet pictures and movies immediately right into a Phrase doc. So as to add a video, select On-line Video from the Insert tab within the Ribbon. This opens the search instruments for Bing Video or YouTube inside Phrase with out the necessity to toggle between Phrase and your Web browser. And, if you have already got a video in thoughts, simply paste within the embed code. Take into account these movies will solely play whereas your pc is linked to the Web.
9. Get on the Cloud
Like different packages within the new Workplace suite, Phrase 2013 is linked to the cloud anytime you are on-line. OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud-based file storage service, is built-in into Phrase and is now the default save location. (It’s also possible to change the default to avoid wasting domestically to your pc.) After you add recordsdata to OneDrive or SharePoint, they’re obtainable for you or your colleagues to view or edit them on-line from quite a lot of gadgets.
Workplace 2013’s new Workplace Presentation Service is one approach to current Phrase paperwork on-line. You have to be signed into your Microsoft Account to make use of this characteristic. As soon as everyone seems to be linked to the service-which is run by way of the Microsoft Phrase Internet App-they’ll be capable to comply with alongside as you current the doc. The interface helps feedback being made in the course of the presentation, and contributors can create a printable and downloadable PDF of the doc.
10. Contact Display screen Performance
Microsoft Phrase 2013, together with the complete Workplace suite, is constructed with contact screens in thoughts. A contact display screen is not required for Phrase, however in the event you’re utilizing it on a Home windows pill or touch-enabled monitor, you will discover the navigation is straightforward and easy. Faucet on photographs or charts to zoom in or scroll by a doc along with your finger or a stylus. Press and maintain (the contact model of right-clicking along with your mouse) on a phrase and see numerous choices for it like Font, Synonyms, and so forth. Increase or collapse sections of a doc by tapping. Double-tap along with your finger to zoom in and make tables, charts and pictures in your doc fill the display screen. To proceed studying and to zoom out, faucet or click on once more outdoors the item.
With options that make your everyday work simpler, there’s rather a lot to love concerning the new Microsoft Phrase 2013. Whereas it packs in fairly just a few updates, you should not have any bother getting accustomed to it as a result of many of the menus, choices, and instruments behave like earlier variations of Phrase. You may quickly uncover Phrase is extra versatile than ever, permitting you to work extra effectively, and from nearly wherever.