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This video shows you the Top five things that have changed in Word 2013.

Just start working

  • Open a file from Word 2003, or click FILE > New, and open a blank document or template. The commands you use, most are on the HOME tab of the ribbon.

Save your files

  1. Click FILE > Save As. Select a location for your file and click Save. If you use Microsoft 365 or OneDrive, click Add a Place, then click the Office Live service, or OneDrive you want to use.

Add formatting

  1. Select the text you want to format.

  2. Use the controls on the HOME tab to make text Bold, Italic, Underlined, or a color, and to apply styles, such as H1.

  3. Use the DESIGN tab to apply a ready-made theme to your entire document.

  4. When you point at a Theme, or a command that changes the look of a document, such as Line Spacing, you see your change right away.

Insert objects

  • Use the controls on the INSERT tab to add cover pages, tables, pictures, charts, links, bookmarks, cross references and page numbers, drop caps, and more.


  • Click DESIGN and pick a theme from the gallery.

Margins, spacing, and indents

  • Click PAGE LAYOUT.

Envelopes, labels, mail merge

  • Click MAILINGS.

If you already know Word 2003 and want to get up to speed fast with Word 2013, you are in the right place.

When you see Word 2013 for the first time, you'll notice some changes.

First, there is a ribbon where the menu bar used to be.

All of your favorite commands are still there, but now they are easier to get to. For example, here's where your formatting buttons are.

And here you insert things, like Tables and Pictures.

Need to check spelling? Go to the REVIEW tab.

And look at this, Styles, Themes, Colors, Shapes, and new ways to insert design elements in your documents, like Chart.

The commands and options to work with the chart are right there on the page. The file format is new.

Now, when you save new documents, you'll create a docx file not a doc file.

But don't worry, you can create an open doc files in Word 2013 too, if you need to share documents with someone working in Word 2003.

Look what happens now when you click FILE.

This is the backstage where you go to manage your documents and where you go to set Word Options.

The backstage is also where you go to Save and Open files, and where you go to Store, Share, and Export your documents.

So, we have just shown you a quick overview of what has changed.

Now, let's go into more detail.

In the next video, you'll get a first in-depth look at Word 2013.

Let's get started.

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