Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 2: Navigating in Office
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Navigating in Office
IN THIS CHAPTER
Taking a look at the new Office
Locating and using tools in Office applications
Understanding the Start screen and File tab (Backstage)
Managing the Ribbon
Learning about new touch gestures
Reviewing application option settings
Working with a dialog box
The Microsoft Offi ce 2013 programs have been retooled and updated to help you get things done
faster. Underneath its streamlined new look, Offi ce integrates smoothly with the new features
built into the Windows 8 operating system and Windows 8 devices, though you can use Offi ce
on a Windows 7 system, too. (It also runs on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012, but
this topic limits coverage to using Offi ce on the end user versions of Windows.)
Offi ce 2013 keeps the Ribbon interface found in the 2007 and 2010 versions. Its signifi cant
improvements show up elsewhere within individual applications. Even if you know the Ribbon, there’s a lot
to discover about Offi ce in this topic. This chapter kicks it off with leading you through a tour of
common operations you’fill need to perform in any Offi ce application.
The office Look
In redesigning Windows 8, Microsoft incorporated a sleeker look that would be at home on either
tablets or PCs, added greater integration with cloud-based features such as SkyDrive, and built in
even more social media functionality. You don’t have to spend much time working in the new Offi ce
to fi nd that it follows the lead of Windows 8:
Sleeker look: As shown in Figure 2.1, the application window’s title bar has eliminated the
previous 3-D look in favor of fl at tabs and a customizable Offi ce Background graphic. The
status bar likewise is strictly 2-D and easier to read. The upper-right corner of the screen has an
 
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