Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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the subscription. Each version includes a different combination of the individual Ofﬁce
programs. Only Word 2013, Excel 2013, and PowerPoint 2013 are included in all versions.
Therefore, depending on the Ofﬁce version you’ve purchased, you may not have all of the
applications described in this chapter and further throughout the book. Ofﬁce 2013 also
comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit releases. If you have a 64-bit computer system and
are running a 64-bit operating system, you could choose a 64-bit Ofﬁ ce release for
this topic focuses primarily on the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and OneNote applications found in
Office 2013 Professional and all the Office 365 suites.
Microsoft also offers free Ofﬁce web apps: web-browser-based versions of Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, and OneNote, helping eliminate the need for the software to be installed
locally on your computer, subsequently enabling online ﬁ le sharing and collaboration.
(Some of the Ofﬁ ce 365 subscriptions also enable you to offer other Ofﬁ ce web apps.)
Using Ofﬁ ce web apps enables you to store your ﬁ les in an online location, in the “cloud,”
in a SkyDrive account; if you have Ofﬁ ce installed on your computer, you also can
download from a web app to the local app. Access to Ofﬁ ce web apps is included free with your
Microsoft account, with a limited amount of storage available for free. this topic focuses on
the locally installed desktop versions of the Ofﬁ ce applications, but you can explore Ofﬁ ce
web apps and online storage options if you require remote capabilities of either speciﬁ c
ofﬁ ce applications or your data.
Finally, Ofﬁ ce 2013 will include a version optimized for Windows RT — the version of
Windows 8 optimized for tablet and other portable devices.
Word processing — typing, editing, formatting letters, reports, fax cover sheets, and
so on — is perhaps the most common activity performed on a computer. Whether you
need to create a memo at the ofﬁ ce or a letter at home, using a word processing program
can save you time and help you achieve polished results.
Microsoft Word has long been the leading word processing program. As one of the core
applications in the Ofﬁ ce suite, Word provides a host of document-creation tools that have
been reﬁ ned to be easy to use, yet have comprehensive feature sets should you wish to
extend your document beyond the basics. Using Word to apply a minor bit of text
formatting and a graphic can make even a simple document, such as the meeting agenda shown in
Figure 1.1, have more impact and appeal than just plain text alone.