Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Identifying the different Excel 2013 programs
TIP Office 365 is a cloud-based subscription licensing solution. Some of the Office 365
subscription levels provide access to the full Excel 2013 program, Excel Web App, or
▪ Microsoft Excel 2013 RT Microsoft developed an edition of Windows 8 for devices
powered by an ARM processor. Devices running this edition of Windows 8, called
Windows RT, come with an edition of Office 2013 named Microsoft Office 2013 RT.
The Office 2013 RT program suite includes Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Word.
Excel 2013 RT takes advantage of ARM devices’ touch screen capabilities by
including Touch Mode. When you enable Touch Mode, the Excel 2013 RT interface changes
slightly to make it easier to work with the program by tapping the screen with your
finger or a stylus and by providing an on-screen keyboard through which you can
enter data. You can also work with Excel 2013 RT by using a physical keyboard, a
mouse, and your device’s track pad.
TIP Excel 2013 RT includes almost all of the functionality found in the Excel 2013 full
desktop program; the main difference is that Excel 2013 RT does not support macros.
If you open a macro-enabled workbook in Excel 2013 RT, the macros will be disabled.
▪ Microsoft Excel 2013 Web App Information workers require their data to be
available to them at all times, not just when they’re using their personal computers. To
provide mobile workers with access to their data, Microsoft developed Office Web
Apps, which include online versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Office
Web Apps are available as part of an Office 365 subscription or for free as part of the
Microsoft SkyDrive cloud service.
You can use Excel Web App to edit files stored in your SkyDrive account or on a
Microsoft SharePoint site. Excel Web App displays your Excel 2010 and Excel 2013
files as they appear in the desktop program and includes all of the functions you
use to summarize your data. You can also view and manipulate (but not create)
PivotTables, add charts, and format your data to communicate its meaning clearly.
Excel Web App also includes the capabilities to share your workbooks online, to
embed them as part of another webpage, and to create web-accessible surveys that save
user responses directly to an Excel workbook in your SkyDrive account.
After you open a file by using Excel Web App, you can choose to continue editing
the file in your browser (such as Windows Internet Explorer 10) or open the file in the
desktop program. When you open the file in your desktop program, any changes
you save are written to the version of the file on your SkyDrive account. This
practice means that you will always have access to the most recent version of your file,
regardless of where and how you access it.