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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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