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Using Word 2013's Special-Character Keyboard Shortcuts

Some key combinations insert characters into your Word 2013 document. If you find these characters useful in your day-to-day typing duties, consider using their keyboard shortcuts: [more…]

Word 2013 Tricks to Remember

Here's a short list of the most helpful Microsoft Word 2013 tricks. Keep these suggestions in mind when you compose a new document: [more…]

Getting to Know the Word 2013 Screen

Behold Word 2013's screen. You see the promise of a new document and a bewildering number of buttons and gizmos. Here are the important points to remember: [more…]

Understanding the Word 2013 Ribbon

Microsoft Word 2013's Ribbon presents tabs that you can click to reveal groups of helpful icons. These icons represent command buttons, input boxes, and menus. [more…]

Word 2013 Keyboard Command Roundup

Whether you use a phone's virtual keyboard or the real thing on your computer, word processing remains a keyboard-bound activity. The following tables show how to access Microsoft Word 2013's commands [more…]

Word 2013 For Dummies Cheat Sheet


How to Embed and Link Data from Excel 2013 into Word 2013

Of all the Office 2013 programs (besides Excel 2013), Microsoft Word 2013 is the one that you are most apt to use. From time to time, you may need to bring some worksheet data or charts that you’ve created [more…]

How to Proof Foreign Text in Word 2013

For single foreign words, having Word 2013 flag them as misspelled is tolerable. Even if you don’t speak any other languages, you may occasionally desire to spice up your text with foreign words and phrases [more…]

How to Place Your Styles in the Word 2013 Style Gallery

The Style Gallery in Word 2013 appears on the Home tab and is entirely customizable. If you’re going to the trouble of creating your own template with your own styles, why not modify the template so that [more…]

Assign a Shortcut Key to a Symbol in Word 2013

Many Word 2013 users can use symbols that don’t appear on their keyboards. If you prefer a shortcut for a symbol you frequently use, you can assign a keyboard shortcut key for symbols such as the right [more…]

10 Bizarre Key Combinations in Word 2013

Word's been around for about 35 years now. Even back in the old days, few people ever used these key combinations. Yet they all still exist in Word 2013, ever ready and able to carry out your will. [more…]

Add New Tabs and Commands to the Word 2013 Ribbon

Word 2013 doesn’t let you alter the basic groups it places on the Ribbon, but you can add your own custom groups to existing tabs and create your own tabs. This activity is recommended only for experienced [more…]

Microsoft Office 2013 Keyboard Shortcuts

Microsoft Office 2013 provides hundreds of commands, but you'll likely only use a handful of those commands on a regular basis. To save time, use these Office 2013 keyboard shortcuts. With little effort [more…]

Microsoft Office 2013 Mouse Button Functions

You can control Microsoft Office 2013 with your mouse or your keyboard. The mouse actions in this table work whether you're using Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, or Outlook. [more…]

Microsoft Office 2013 Ribbon Tabs

Microsoft Office 2013 displays commands in a series of icons stored on different tabs. This combination of icons and tabs is known as the Ribbon interface, which appears in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook [more…]

How to Find Stuff You Can’t Type in Word 2013

You can search for certain items in a Word 2013 document that you just cannot type at the keyboard. This doesn’t mean nasty things — this isn't a censorship issue. Instead, this refers to items such as [more…]

How to Mark a Block of Text in Word 2013

Word 2013 offers you many ways to mark text as a block in your document. You can do this from any device, tablet, laptop, and so on, and with virtually every accessory. [more…]

How to Check Spelling as You Type in Word 2013

Word 2013 has an internal library stocked with zillions of words, all spelled correctly. Every time you type a word, it’s checked against that dictionary. When the word isn’t found, it’s marked as suspect [more…]

How to Deal with Incorrectly Flagged Words in Word 2013

Occasionally in Word 2013, the spell checker bumps into a word it doesn't recognize and incorrectly flags it as misspelled, such as your last name or perhaps your city. Word dutifully casts doubt on the [more…]

How to Use AutoCorrect in Word 2013

Some typos and spelling errors in Word 2013 are never graced by the AutoCorrect red zigzag. That's because Word quickly fixes hundreds of common typos and spelling errors on the fly. The AutoCorrect feature [more…]

How to Control Proofing Options in Word 2013

All document-proofing options and settings are kept in one place, buried deep in Word 2013. Before you can make changes, you have to get to the proofing options. Here's how to get there: [more…]

How to Change the Font in Word 2013

The most basic attribute of text in Word 2013 is its typeface, or font. The font sets up the way your text looks — its overall text style. Although deciding on a proper font may be agonizing [more…]

How to Apply Character Formats in Word 2013

The Font group in Word 2013 lists some of the most common character formats. They’re applied in addition to the font. In fact, they enhance the font. Use them as you see fit: [more…]

How to Remove Character Formats in Word 2013

Word 2013 offers so many formatting commands that it's possible for your text to look more like a pile of formatting remnants than anything that’s readable in any human language. Word understands this [more…]

How to Set Paragraph Spacing in Word 2013

Word 2013 lets you add “air” to the space before or after or in the middle of your paragraphs. In the middle of the paragraph, you have line spacing. Before and after the paragraph comes paragraph spacing [more…]

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