Create Your First Document in Office 2013

By Faithe Wempen

In all the Office 2013 applications (except Outlook, which works somewhat differently), when you start the application, a Start screen appears, and if you press Esc from there, a new blank document appears. You can begin creating new content in this document and then save your work when you’re finished editing. Alternatively, you can open an existing document or start a different type of document.

The term document is used here generically to refer to a data file from Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Document is actually the preferred term for a Word document. An Excel document is more commonly called a workbook, and a PowerPoint document is more commonly called a presentation.

After starting a new document, you type or insert content into it. Documents can contain text, graphic objects, or a combination of the two. You can use many types of graphic objects, such as photos, clip art, drawings, diagrams, and charts.

  1. Start PowerPoint.

    The PowerPoint start screen appears. Icons for various template types appear, as shown in this figure.

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  2. Click the Welcome to PowerPoint template.

    Information about that template appears.

  3. Click the Create button.

    A new presentation appears with several slides containing sample content.

  4. Choose File→Close to close the new presentation.

    Now no presentations are open.

  5. Press Ctrl+N to start a new blank presentation.

  6. Choose File→New and click the Blank Presentation template.

    A second blank presentation opens.

  7. Click the Close (X) button in the upper-right corner of the window to close one of the blank presentations, and then repeat to close the second one and exit PowerPoint.

Neither file is saved. You aren’t prompted to save changes because you didn’t enter any content into the presentations.