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Word 2013 For Dummies

By: Dan Gookin Published: 02-25-2013

This bestselling guide to Microsoft Word is the first and last word on Word 2013

It's a whole new Word, so jump right into this book and learn how to make the most of it. Bestselling For Dummies author Dan Gookin puts his usual fun and friendly candor back to work to show you how to navigate the new features of Word 2013. Completely in tune with the needs of the beginning user, Gookin explains how to use Word 2013 quickly and efficiently so that you can spend more time working on your projects and less time trying to figure it all out.

  • Walks you through the capabilities of Word 2013 without weighing you down with unnecessary technical jargon
  • Deciphers the user interface and shows you how to take advantage of the file formats
  • Covers editing documents, working with text, using grammar and spelling tools, formatting, adding images and other design elements, and more

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How to Open One Document Inside Another in Word 2013

Step by Step / Updated 05-08-2017

It’s possible in Word 2013 to open one document inside of another. Doing so isn’t as rare as you’d think. For example, you may have your biography, résumé, or curriculum vitae in a file on disk and want to add that information to the end of a letter begging for a job. If so, follow these steps:

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How to Disable Click and Type in Word 2013

Step by Step / Updated 04-06-2017

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. Bam! It’s difficult to see any value in click-and-type, especially when it's easier just to learn basic formatting. But click-and-type may bother you when you see any of its specialized mouse pointers displayed; thus: That's click-and-type in action, with the mouse pointer trying to indicate the paragraph format to be applied when you click the mouse. The best news about click-and-type is that you can disable it:

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Word 2013 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 03-27-2016

Word is one of the most used computer programs on the planet. Helping you to compose text is one of the things that computers do well, but that doesn’t make the text-writing chore easier or imply that using Word is simple enough that you don’t need help. So enjoy this Cheat Sheet.

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Assign a Shortcut Key to a Symbol in Word 2013

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

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 arrow. Here's how:

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How to Place Your Styles in the Word 2013 Style Gallery

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

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 you can put your styles in the Style Gallery? Start by purging styles you don’t want in the Gallery:

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How to Proof Foreign Text in Word 2013

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

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. For longer expanses of text, you can avoid the spelling errors by changing the text’s language. For example, if you write: Tengo una caja roja de las lápices, Word goes ape with the red squiggly underlines. To fix that problem, follow these steps:

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10 Bizarre Key Combinations in Word 2013

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

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. Some of them are handy to know, single-key commands that can get things done quickly in Word. Some of them are handy to know only when you’ve accidentally pressed them and wonder, “What the heck?”

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Add New Tabs and Commands to the Word 2013 Ribbon

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

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 Word users, or for those just desperate to customize the way Word looks. Here’s how that operation works:

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How to Compare Two Versions of a Document in Word 2013

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

You have the original copy of your Word 2013 document — the stuff you wrote. You also have the copy that Barbara, the vixen from the legal department, has worked on for a week or so. Both documents have different names, of course. Your job is to compare them to see exactly what’s been changed from the original. Here’s what to do:

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How to Add an Automatic Page Number in Word 2013

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Word 2013 can not only automatically number your pages, but it also lets you place the page number just about anywhere on the page and in a variety of fun and interesting formats. Start your page numbering odyssey thus:

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