What’s new in Word 2013

If you’ve been using Word 2007 or 2010, 2013 won’t be much of a transition. However, you’ll find new features that can save you some time.

Layout optionsPicture and text layout help

If you want to wrap text around a ­picture after inserting it, locate the Wrap Text button on the Picture Tools Format tab. Now, when you insert a picture, the Layout Options button appears. This gives you all of your layout options.

And, no more trial and error. When you resize the picture, Word gives you a preview of what it will look like given the ­layout options chosen.

Headings collapse and expand in document

You may use the Navigation Pane to expand or collapse headings and following subheadings and text. Now, you can do it right in the document by hovering over the heading. An arrow will pop up that will let you expand and collapse sections without the use of the navigation pane.

PDF to Word conversion

Finally, you can open a PDF in Word. Word will convert it to a document that you can edit. It may not always be a perfect translation, but you will be able to work with most text and objects easily.

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Keep in mind that the “sanctity” of the portable document format (PDF) should never be relied upon for assurances of originality. This new feature should bring that message home very clearly.PDF to Word

You can still save documents to PDF format as you could in Word 2010.

Video in documents

You can now insert video into your document. For example, if you are writing a guide to operating a piece of machinery, you can now add a video of that operation being done.

Simple Mark-up

Do you work with revisions on? Previously, you had a choice of distracting mark-up or no mark-up. In Word 2013, you now have something called Simple Mark-up. Your document text looks like it would with all the changes made, but you see vertical lines on the left indicating what changes have been made. Hover over the revision indicators and click to see the actual revision in line with the text. In comments, you can reply and collaborate within the comment box. Or, hover over the person’s information who made the comment with a click, send them an email, IM or call them (depending upon the options with your organization’s implementation of Office).