Getting Started with Word 2013

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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…]

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 Display and Review Comments in Word 2013

Normally Word 2013 uses the cartoon bubble as your clue that a comment exists in the text. When you point the mouse at text, it becomes highlighted, showing where the comment is. But when you’re really [more…]

Stuff That Happens While You Type in Word 2013

As you madly compose your text in Word 2013, fingers energetically jabbing the buttons on the keyboard, you may notice a few things happening on the screen. You might see spots. You might see lines and [more…]

How to Use the Insertion Pointer in Word 2013

The key to pulling off lots of tricks in Word 2013 is to know how to move the insertion pointer to the exact spot you want. The beauty of the word processor is that you can edit any part of your document [more…]

How to Remove Unwanted Text in Word 2013

The ability to erase text in Word 2013 is just as valuable and necessary as the ability to create text. Deleting text is part of writing text, part of thinking and rethinking, and part of self-editing. [more…]

How to Use the Undo Command in Word 2013

The Undo command undoes anything you do in Word 2013, which includes formatting text, moving blocks, typing and deleting text, formatting — the whole enchilada. You have two handy ways to unleash the Undo [more…]

How to Use Advanced Find in Word 2013

In Word 2013, what you really want for finding text is the traditional Find dialog box, the one that lived in the neighborhood before the Navigation pane rolled into town. [more…]

How to Replace Found Text in Word 2013

When you want to find something and replace it with something else in Word 2013, you use the Find and Replace command. Suppose that you may want to change all instances of [more…]

How to Select Text by Letter in Word 2013

When you’re selecting more than a single word in Word 2013, the mouse tends to grab text a full word at a time. If you want Word to select text by characters rather than by words, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Copy a Block of Text in Word 2013

After a block of text is marked in Word 2013, you can copy it into another part of your document to duplicate the text. The original block remains untouched by this operation. Follow these steps to copy [more…]

How to Find Text in Word 2013

Finding text is the domain of the Editing group in Word 2013, found on the far right end of the Home tab on Word's Ribbon interface. The Editing command button group may appear in its full glory, or, when [more…]

How to Use the Quick Access Bar in Word 2013

Though Word 2012 isn’t quite as flexible with toolbars, it still allows you to control a few specific parts of the Quick Access Bar. Back in the old days, you could really mess with the way the Word window [more…]

How to Select a Long Chunk of Text in Word 2013

Here’s the best way to select a chunk of text of any size, especially when that chunk of text is larger than what you can see on the screen at one time: [more…]

How to Save a Document the First Time in Word 2013

Don’t think that you have to wait until you finish a document in Word 2013 to save it. In fact, you should save almost immediately — as soon as you have a few sentences or paragraphs. Save! Save! Save! [more…]

How to Disable Click and Type in Word 2013

A feature introduced in Word 2002 and available in Word 2013 is click-and-type. In a blank document, you can use it to click the mouse anywhere on the page and type information at that spot. [more…]

Quick Tips for Creating a Word Document

Word 2013 makes it easy to create a basic document. You can either start typing in the blank document that opens automatically at startup, or choose one of the templates provided. Here are the key points [more…]

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