Welcome to Microsoft Office 2013, the newest suite of information productivity applications. Since you use Office in your job, you'll want to learn the new features of Office 2013 that will help you to streamline your work. In this course, you'll learn the key new features of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. You'll also take a look at the general changes that are familiar to all of the core applications, such as the new look and feel of the interface and the new file formats.

Further detailed training is available at various levels on all Office 2013 applications, including: Access, InfoPath, Project, Publisher, SharePoint, SharePoint Designer and Visio.

Target Audience

A relatively experienced end user who has used Office 2007 with basic knowledge of the core applications, and needs to know the key new features of Office 2013.

Please Note: This course is not suitable for those users upgrading from earlier versions of Office (pre 2007), see 'Experience the 2013 Microsoft Office System' www.qa.com/QAOFF13EX for more details.


  • Before attending this course, delegates should be existing Microsoft Office users who will be required to use Microsoft Office 2013. They should have basic knowledge of the core applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Delegates should be able to use a keyboard and mouse and be able to navigate the Windows operating system including using Windows Explorer.
  • It should be noted that little or no time can be allocated during the course to demonstrate or provide training on existing features of Office, that are not deemed to be improved or new features of the product. For example, time cannot be given to demonstrate creating formulas in Excel, merely showing any new or improved features that impact on formula creation.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explore the general environment of Office 2013
  • Save files in a variety of formats to aid business continuity
  • Use the key new features of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook 2013

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Using the Office 2013 Environment

General Environment

  • Personalise the Ribbon
  • Office 2013 and 'The Cloud'
  • Office Backstage View


  • Revised Themes
  • Screenshot Tool
  • Screen Clipping Tool
  • Online Pictures

Lesson 2: Using the New Features of Word 2013

New Formatting Features

  • Inline Text Effects
  • Document Design

New Content Features

  • Search and Navigation
  • Expand and Collapse Paragraphs

New Proofing Features

  • PDF Reflow
  • Reading Mode and Resume Reading
  • Live Layout
  • Improved Commenting and Track Changes
  • Word Definition Checker

Lesson 3: Using the New Features of Excel 2013

New General Features

  • Copy as Picture

New Formatting Features

  • Revised Conditional Formatting

New Analysis Features

  • Filtering and Sorting
  • Sparklines
  • PivotTable Enhancements
  • Slicers and Timelines
  • Recommended Charts and Pivot Tables
  • Quick Data Analysis

New Proofing Features

  • Flash Fill Data

Lesson 4: Using the New Features of PowerPoint 2013

New General Features

  • Viewing Presentations
  • Wide Screen Support
  • Presenter View
  • Reading View
  • Presentation Sharing

New Formatting Features

  • Eyedropper Tool
  • Merge Shapes
  • Slide Sections
  • Revised Graphics Effects
  • Themes and Variants
  • Smart Guides

New Content Features

  • Online Content
  • Embedding and Editing Video
  • Enhanced Animations and Transitions

Lesson 5: Using the New Features of Outlook 2013

New General Features

  • Ribbon Features
  • File Tab (Backstage View)
  • Navigation Bar
  • Enhanced Search
  • Weather Bar

New Email Features

  • Mail Icons
  • Message Notification Window
  • Attachment Reminder
  • Instant Inbox Filters
  • Inline Reply
  • Quick Steps
  • Folder Tab and Pane
  • People Cards and Pane

New Calendar Features

  • Enhanced Views

New Task Features

  • Task Views

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