15 Terms to Know for Office 2013 - dummies

By Faithe Wempen

The Office 2013 interface is consistent across all Office programs and includes the Ribbon, the File menu, Zoom controls, and standard dialog boxes for saving and opening files. Here are 15 terms you need to know in order to be able to work in all the different Office 2013 applications.

  • application: A program that performs a useful user task, such as creating a word processing document or calculating a number.

  • Backstage view: The section of an Office application that appears when the File menu is open. It contains commands for working with files, options, importing, exporting, and printing.

  • cell cursor: In Excel, the dark outline around the active cell.

  • cloud: A generic term for secure, Internet-based storage and applications.

  • data file: A file in which the information you enter in an application is stored for later reuse.

  • document: A data file in a word processing program. Can also refer generically to any data file.

  • file extension: The code following the period at the end of a file name, indicating the file’s type. Some file extensions are hidden by default in Windows.

  • folder: An organizing container on a hard drive in which to store files.

  • insertion point: In a text-editing application, a flashing vertical line indicating where text will be inserted when typed.

  • presentation: A data file in a presentation program such as PowerPoint.

  • Quick Access Toolbar: The customizable toolbar that appears above the Ribbon.

  • scroll bar: A bar along the right and/or bottom side of a window that can be used to change the viewing area.

  • scroll box: The movable box inside the scroll bar.

  • suite: A collection of programs with complementary functions and common user interface elements

  • workbook: A data file in a spreadsheet program such as Excel.