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Exploring the new user interface

From: Office 2013 New Features

Video: Exploring the new user interface

One of the most obvious changes to the Office Suite you'll notice the very first time you launch any of the programs is the user interface. And that's what we're going to talk about right now. As you can see, I'm working in a Windows 8 environment. I'll be using Microsoft Office 2013 ProPlus. And I've already launched PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, etcetera. We're going to launch Word here because all of the user interfaces are consistent across the board. So, when we click Word 2013, notice it takes us to a desktop environment where it launches and displays down the left-hand side a color-coded area; for Word, it's blue; PowerPoint, it's orange; for Excel, it's green.

Exploring the new user interface

One of the most obvious changes to the Office Suite you'll notice the very first time you launch any of the programs is the user interface. And that's what we're going to talk about right now. As you can see, I'm working in a Windows 8 environment. I'll be using Microsoft Office 2013 ProPlus. And I've already launched PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, etcetera. We're going to launch Word here because all of the user interfaces are consistent across the board. So, when we click Word 2013, notice it takes us to a desktop environment where it launches and displays down the left-hand side a color-coded area; for Word, it's blue; PowerPoint, it's orange; for Excel, it's green.

But they all look the same in that, in the top-left corner, you'll have access to your recently worked on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etcetera. If they don't appear on the list, you'll have a link to open other documents where you can go browsing locally and online for Word documents that you've worked on previously. And then over to the right, you'll see an area where you can start creating new documents; the default being a blank document, a blank spreadsheet, a blank presentation etcetera. You'll also have access to a number of templates to help you get started creating specific kinds of documents or files.

There's also a search field up here at the top where you can search online for templates. Also, in the very top right-hand corner, you'll see information about your SkyDrive account. Your Microsoft account gives you some free space in the cloud with SkyDrive where you can store your files and then have anywhere access to them. And if you needed to switch accounts, here's where you do that. Now also, a little bit higher and in the top right-hand corner some familiar buttons; they just look a little bit cleaner, they're flat, not three-dimensional.

This is to be consistent with the Windows 8 interface. There's the Close button in the top right-hand corner. We also have Minimize and Maximize buttons, and a Help button up here as well. F1 is still your keyboard shortcut. So, let's say we go to create a new blank document. We'll just give it a click. You're also going to see this new look here in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and so on, and that is that flat clean look so you can stay focused on your work. We still have a Ribbon-style interface, a Navigation pane that opens up by default over here on the left.

It can be closed up. And if yours is closed, it can be reopened with the View Tab in the Show section on the Ribbon. You'll notice tabs across the top including a File Tab on the Ribbon where all of your file-related commands like creating new files, opening, saving, printing, and sharing. You'll also see a Back button to take you back, though. And clicking that takes you back to the previous interface where you'll see tabs across the Ribbon with different related commands. So, for example, if we click the Insert Tab, these are all the things that can be inserted into a Word document.

The Design Tab focuses on design-specific commands and so on. Let's go back to the Home Tab. Now, if we want to switch to another program, let's say Microsoft Excel, you can still use Alt+Tab whether you're in a Windows 7 environment, Windows 8. Using Alt+Tab allows you to cycle through your open programs. I'm going to go to Excel, and if you need to, you can launch Excel if you want to follow along. And as you can see, there's that similar interface, the Welcome Screen with the color-coding down the left-hand side and the default is to create a blank workbook.

When we click there, we're now creating a new blank workbook. All right. From here, we again have a Ribbon across the top, a File Tab; everything looks very consistent and familiar if you've been working in any of the other programs like Microsoft Word for example. In the very top left-hand corner, you'll also see some buttons up here; a Save button. We call this the Quick Access toolbar. There is an Undo and Redo button here. Then there's a little dropdown where you can pick and choose what's going to appear on this Quick Access toolbar; anything with a check mark is already there, anything unchecked can be added by simply clicking it.

Maybe Quick Print for example would be a good one. There's our Quick Print icon, now. We remove icons the same way we add them, and that's just by clicking them. So here in our user interface, in the top right-hand corner, those familiar buttons for closing, maximizing, minimizing, there's our information about our SkyDrive account where we can change accounts. Let's flip back to Microsoft Word now using Alt+Tab; all of that information up here as well. It's just a different color-coding of course.

The program is totally different in what it is you're going to be creating with that program. So, that's a quick look at the user interfaces for the new Office 2013 Suite of programs; consistent, clean, flat. You should be able to stay focused on what you're working on and not being distracted by what's around you on your screen.

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  1. 1m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 16m 49s
    1. Exploring the new user interface
      4m 57s
    2. Integrating with the cloud
      3m 42s
    3. Exploring Touch mode
      2m 53s
    4. Using the bookmark feature
      2m 18s
    5. Customizing the Ribbon with display options
      2m 59s
  3. 27m 44s
    1. Inserting online video
      4m 4s
    2. Editing PDF documents
      4m 58s
    3. Inserting and reading comments
      2m 55s
    4. Tracking changes and conversations
      2m 19s
    5. Using Read mode for longer documents
      4m 14s
    6. Using object zoom in Read mode
      1m 53s
    7. Exploring new templates in Word
      2m 47s
    8. Inserting objects with onscreen alignment guides
      4m 34s
  4. 28m 25s
    1. Filling empty cells using Flash Fill
      3m 38s
    2. Filtering records using a Timeline
      3m 11s
    3. Previewing with Quick Analysis
      4m 34s
    4. Using Chart Advisor recommendations
      2m 43s
    5. Finding errors and issues with Power view
      6m 16s
    6. Converting roman numerals into arabic numbers
      2m 42s
    7. Protecting data in a shared spreadsheet
      5m 21s
  5. 33m 36s
    1. Working with new templates
      3m 29s
    2. Exploring the new Presenter view
      3m 45s
    3. Using color adjustments
      2m 59s
    4. Inserting new charts
      8m 37s
    5. Positioning objects with various guides
      2m 50s
    6. Exploring new transition effects
      2m 55s
    7. Creating a custom shape
      4m 31s
    8. Playing an audio track across multiple slides
      4m 30s
  6. 7m 2s
    1. Exploring changes to the user interface
      3m 23s
    2. Exploring the new Access templates
      3m 39s
  7. 8m 48s
    1. Inserting online pictures into a publication
      3m 10s
    2. Using the scratch area for inserting images
      3m 30s
    3. Creating JPEGs with the Save for Photo Printing option
      2m 8s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Exploring the new user interface
      4m 30s
    2. Changing views
      4m 8s
    3. Embedding files in a notebook
      3m 31s
    4. Linking notes to your Outlook calendar
      3m 57s
    5. Inserting a screenshot
      2m 21s
  9. 8m 8s
    1. Exploring the user interface and some sneak peeks
      3m 35s
    2. Using the Weather bar
      1m 42s
    3. Connecting to social networks
      2m 51s
  10. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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