Get the keys to unlock Office 2013 with this comprehensive course. Find you way around the Office 2013 interface and learn all about the latest Office features with this fun and friendly For Dummies course. You’ll walk step-by-step through the most common Office tasks and be on your way to dressing up your documents in Word, creating fantastic formulas in Excel, conquering your inbox with Outlook, adding some punch to your presentation with PowerPoint, developing databases in Access, and so much more! This course also includes a 825 page Office 2013 All-in-One For Dummies eBook, multiple cheat sheets and Part of Tens, quizzes at the end of each lesson, and an educational PowerPoint!
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Everything has to start somewhere! Here's where to find the Office 2013 tile on the Windows 8 Start screen, how to open Office, and two ways to close it when you're done.
Older Windows system? Don't worry — this lesson shows you where to find Office 2013 and how to open and close it on Windows 7.
Here's what you need to know to find and open an existing file, edit it, create a new file, choose a location to store the file, and save files when you're done.
The Ribbon interface keeps the most commonly used commands handy, but if it's new to you, it takes a little getting used to. This lesson shows you how the Ribbon works, the four types of icons it holds, and all the things you can do with it.
The commands on the Ribbon control only a few of the many things you can do with Office 2013 documents. In this lesson you discover how to access and use dozens of additional options found in dialog boxes and menus.
Pop-up toolbars offer terrific shortcuts for making basic edits. Here's how to take advantage of them.
Now it's time to look at the actual process of making standard edits to a document. This lesson shows you how to select part of your document, move it to a new location, or get rid of it completely — and how to get it back if you change your mind.
The Quick Access Toolbar is designed to keep the commands you use most often right where you need them. But if Office 2013 hasn't picked the right commands for you, it's easy to customize that toolbar by adding things you need and removing those you don't. You can do the same with the Ribbon, and here's how.
Before you print that document, make sure it looks the way you want. Here's how to preview each page, choose Landscape or Portrait orientation, and print as many copies as you need.
One of the coolest features of Office 2013 is that you can share data between programs. This lesson shows you how to take a chart from Excel and paste it into a PowerPoint presentation.
Everyone needs a little help now and then! This lesson shows you how to find what you need to know in the Office 2013 Help system.
If you work from multiple devices, such as a smartphone or tablet as well as your desktop or laptop, storing your files on SkyDrive is smart. They'll be available to any of your devices as long as you're connected to the Internet. Here's how to save a file to SkyDrive and access it from anywhere.
Are you working with some sensitive information? It's easy to password-protect your files, as you'll see from this quick lesson.
Ah, the dreaded viruses. They're out there, and while getting an antivirus program and keeping it up to date is the first line of defense, Office 2013 also lends a hand with its built-in macro protection feature. This lesson explains how to activate it and what the different settings do.
Tired of plowing through long series of commands to find the one you want? This lesson shows you how to access great shortcuts with a right-click.
Change your mind? Want to see how a slight variation would look, but not certain you'll keep it? Memorize the tricks in this lesson so you can easily undo and redo commands, and experiment all you want.
Word may be the most-used Office application of all. Here's how to get started creating a Word document and giving it a professional look.
Word documents are flexible. In this lesson, you learn how to add a page to your document, break text into two pages, insert paragraphs into existing text, and create a cover page.
Fonts affect how your document looks. Find out how to choose and change a font, adjust the size, and use the Format Painter in this lesson. And if you change your mind, you'll also learn how to change everything back.
You can choose how text is aligned in your document, and adjust the amount of space between lines of text. This lesson shows you how.
Want to speed up the formatting process? You can use preset styles, or choose a preformatted template that applies styles as you create your document. Learn to use both in this lesson.
Adjusting margins or tabs from Word's default settings can help make your documents easier to read. This lesson helps you find the Ruler and set margins and indentations exactly as you want them to be.
Building big documents? You can help readers navigate by including headers and footers that provide information such as chapter names or page numbers. Here's how to do it.
Oops! You thought you were writing about the 3rd edition, and now you discover it's actually the 4th. In this lesson, you'll find out how to quickly locate every "3rd" and replace it with "4th", as well as how to find any word or phrase throughout the document.
What a bright idea! Make it easy to spot the headings by putting them in colored text, or call attention to a section of your document with a highlight color. This lesson explains it all.
Ready to embark on your journey through Excel? Get started by learning how to launch Excel 2013 on Windows 7 and Windows 8, pin it to your Start screen, and create a shortcut. Then find out how to call it a day by quitting Excel.
Get your backstage pass to gain insight into the workbook file you have open and active. Learn how to modify the workbook’s protection status, manage its versions, change the author, and more using the Backstage view.
Why not have it your way? Set up the Quick Access toolbar by adding the commands that you want to use. You’ll also be able to move buttons around to customize everything to meet your needs.
Do as I say! Set up commands in Excel so you can quickly select the ones you need. You’ll also find out some tricks for making it easier to hit the right button.
Venture deeper into the world of Excel and understand these two important features. This lesson explains both, along with advice for touchscreen users and tips for entering values.
Before you can crunch any numbers, you must learn your way around Excel's worksheet area. In this lesson, you learn about current cells, how to move to the cell where you want to enter data, how to make your way through the columns, and special techniques for use on touchscreen devices.
Where’s the keyboard? If you’re on a touchscreen device and need to use the touch keyboard, this lesson is for you. It walks you through the ins and outs of using the touch keyboard to navigate around and enter your data.
You need help! Get online help with Excel 2013 any time you need it, whether you want info about how to use a command or a function. All it takes is a click of the button to find out more.
Like anything having to do with numbers, Excel likes organization. This lesson shows you how to arrange your information in the columns and rows, various ways to get the information into the right cell, and how to fix data entry errors.
Excel recognizes three data types: text, values, and formulas. This lesson explains the different types and how they work, how to designate negative numbers and fractions, and what to do with times and dates.
Whoops… how do I fix that? Don’t worry, Excel will correct your typing gaffes using the autocorrect feature. But if Excel misses it, find out how you can go back and quickly edit your mistakes.
Excel may read your mind. The AutoComplete feature tries to complete your text entries to speed your work. You can also take advantage of Excel’s AutoFill feature to enter a series of sequential dates or numbers.
In this lesson, you venture into the functions that make Excel function. Learn to search for, choose, and enter a function; specify and edit function arguments; and update formulas.
The AutoSum tool is worth its weight in gold. Whether it’s SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, MAX, or MIN, you’ll learn how to use this tool. Then you’ll explore the Quick Analysis tool to make your spreadsheets sparkle with conditional formatting, charts, pivot tables, and more.
Did I just lose all that work?!? Don’t let this happen to you! Follow a good rule to live by and save your work any time you enter more information than you’d want to lose. This lesson gives you the quick tips to ensure everything is saved so there are no regrets.
CRASH! What do you do now that you’ve done a lot of work but your computer crashes? The AutoRecover feature will help you get your file back. So sit back and get the scoop on setting up this feature to meet your needs.
More often than not, you'll need to work with more than one cell of your worksheet. Learn how to select exactly the cells you need by using your mouse, keyboard, or touchscreen.
The Format as Table feature is so automatic that the cell cursor just has to be within the table of data. Click around to see how you can use this feature, from changing the table styles to making it look the way you want.
Excel's mini-bar offers a shortcut that lets you apply common formatting changes to a group of cells within the Worksheet area. It's quick and easy, and here's how it's done.
Find the easy way out. This lesson shows you how to quickly adjust a column to best fit the information. If that doesn’t work, you’ll learn how to drag the borders of columns to get exactly what you want.
Do you want bold and underlined words? How about Times New Roman or Calibri? 10 point or 12 point? Black or red? So many choices, and now you’ll know you to make them all!
You’ve got the fonts down but now you have to align the text. From centering text vertically or horizontally to changing the type of line in the border, you’ll walk through the Alignment group features you can use.
You can give your worksheet its own look with Cell Styles. This lesson shows you how to choose one of the readymade styles or create your own, then save your style for future use.
For those occasions when you feel the urge to format on the fly, so to speak, use the Format Painter button. It’s the paintbrush icon in the Clipboard group on the Home tab.
A little shift to the right… a little shift to the left… there’s more to deleting cells than meets the eye. This lesson helps you delete cells the right way and shift information around where you need it to be.
Good catch. That’s what you’ll be saying as Excel helps you catch and remove little spelling errors while suggesting replacements.
Gain instant access to the paging of the current worksheet. Learn how to activate and get the most out of this feature by clicking the Page Layout View button.
Sometimes, only a hard copy will do. Learn how to print your entire worksheet, choose a select portion to print, and cancel the job if you change your mind.
You can use the Page Layout tab to set up your worksheet for just the appearance you want. In this lesson, find out how to set margins and page orientation, choose print titles to appear on each page, and print with gridlines or headings.
Need to add a header and/or footer into your Word document to display information - like titles, chapter names or date? Word 2013 even gives you predesigned templates to work from to make it even easier!
Ah, those pesky page breaks! This lesson shows you how simple it is to be sure they occur where you want them to.
A basic printing technique you’ll learn how to use is printing the formulas in a worksheet instead of printing the calculated results of the formulas.
You’ve got something to say, so add a comment to a cell. This lesson shows you how to add the comment, type in the text, display the comment, move it, and finally print it out.
It can be extremely time-consuming to work in multiple worksheets, so there must be an easier way than clicking through the tabs. You’ll view the shortcuts to move through the worksheets and get to what you need.
You’ve spent countless hours on a report with multiple worksheets, and now you’re asked to add more information. How do you add a new worksheet, reorder them, or delete one? Excel makes it a snap, and so do we, with this lesson!
There are countless times that you need to view worksheets side by side to compare data. Use the View Side by Side command button on the Ribbon’s View tab to quickly and easily do a side-by-side comparison.
Data tables let you enter a series of possible values that Excel then plugs into a single formula. We’ll help you create two types of data tables: a one-variable data table that substitutes a series of possible values for a single input value in a formula and a two-variable data table that substitutes series of possible values for two input values in a single formula.
Do you need to create and save sets of different input values that produce different calculated results? Find out how to play what-if simply by opening the Scenario Manager and having Excel show the scenario in the worksheet.
If you need to quickly and easily analyze summaries of large amounts of data by using a variety of summary functions, this is the lesson for you. We’ll walk you through pivot tables, which are pivotal to your Excel success!
All that data is great, but summing it up in a chart is even better. Here’s where you’ll take your pivot table to create a pivot chart that displays its summary values graphically.
Sometimes you need to import data into a worksheet from other database tables or web pages. This is an external data query, and Excel simplifies this process.
Add-ins give you access to a wide array of additional Excel features and calculating functions. In this lesson you'll learn where to get them and how to install these handy little programs.
Do you need to make last-minute edits but don’t have access to a device that has Excel installed? Don’t worry. If you store your file in your SkyDrive, this lesson shows you how you can edit your worksheets anyway.
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