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What's New in Microsoft Office 2013

In this course, you'll learn how to use the exciting new features of Microsoft Office 2013 using step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions. Before you know it, you'll be using each Office program with ease, and working more efficiently with cloud computing!

You'll explore Word, where you'll get experience using the new Start screen, templates, and Ribbon commands. In Excel, you'll learn to speed up your work using the Quick Analysis tool, Flash Fill, and some great new chart features. In PowerPoint, you'll discover new ways to make presentations look better than ever, including themes, graphics, shapes, colors, and animation. In Access, you'll get acquainted with databases you can put online and share with others. You will also discover the new features of the email program Outlook. In addition, you'll explore the often-overlooked note-taking program OneNote, as well as the easy-to-use page layout program Publisher. Finally, you will discover how to build your integration skills and use some of the Office programs together.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting June 17, 2020

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What's New in Microsoft Office 2013

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Course Code: of3

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the fundamentals, new features, and time-saving shortcuts of Microsoft Office 2013
  • Discover new features of PowerPoint that make presentations look better than ever, including themes, graphics, shapes, colors, and animations
  • Learn to speed up your work using Excel's Quick Analysis tool, Flash Fill, and more
  • Discover how to build your integration skills and use MS Office 2013 programs together
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Increase your appeal to employers with the highly applicable knowledge and skills you learn in this six-week course
  • Gain confidence in your ability to use Microsoft Office programs - a standard in nearly every professional industry
  • Impress others with your ability to use advanced features and save time with common software applications


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Introducing Office 2013 and the Cloud

Microsoft Office 2013 adds new capabilities and a new look to the features of Office 2010. In addition, Office 2013 lets you store and work on your documents "in the cloud," making it easier to work from different locations and to share your work with others. In this lesson, you'll take a peek at the new look of Office 2013 and then learn about working with Office programs and documents in the cloud.

A Tour of Word 2013 Startup and Graphics Features

Microsoft Word offers several new startup features, including a Start screen and templates. Its enhanced cloud connectivity appears when you open and save files. A new view and improved graphics capabilities make it easier to view and work with pictures and videos. In this lesson, you'll use these features in both a short and a long document

Formatting and Sharing Word Documents

Word 2013 makes working with tables easier than ever, with new border choices and a new easy way to add rows and columns. When you finish formatting, you'll most likely want to share your documents with others, often to get their responses to your work. In this lesson, you'll learn about new Word reviewing features that make this faster. You'll explore Office apps, which will help you extend what you can do in the program. You'll also learn that Word 2013 features the ability to open PDF documents so that you can edit them right inside of Word. Finally, you'll look at file compatibility.

Introducing Microsoft Excel 2013

Like Microsoft Word 2013, Microsoft Excel 2013 has added some important new features that can help speed up your work. You'll see that the Excel screen elements are similar to those you saw earlier in Word. You'll also go over new data analysis tools that let you preview various data relationships before you choose one. Combine these with new chart formatting tools and the ability to create slicers from tables, and you'll find better ways of communicating your data more clearly than ever before.

More New Excel Features

In this lesson, you'll begin by exploring changes to Excel PivotTables and PivotCharts, after a quick review. You'll also learn a great new PivotTable feature called the Timeline. You'll then move on to workbook sharing and then experience some of the new apps for Excel. Finally, you'll look at sharing workbooks and the new procedure for creating and saving you own templates.

Getting to Know New PowerPoint Graphics Tools

In this lesson, you'll look at the PowerPoint Start screen templates and then open a presentation. You'll learn about themes and theme variants, discover new slide formats, and examine how the Ribbon tabs have changed. Afterwards, you'll explore several new tools that let you add and work with graphics in less time.

PowerPoint's New Formatting, Animation, and Slide Show Features

In this lesson, you'll gain experience in formatting slide backgrounds, formatting pictures, and presenting in Slide Show view. The lesson will then introduce you to the new Presenter view, which lets you practice and present your show using new tools. You'll then turn to the new comment features, which allow you to more easily exchange information with people who review your presentation. Finally, you'll look at new animation features that let you create custom animations more easily.

Creating Access Web Apps

Access 2013 has one big new feature: It lets you create web apps, which are online databases that other people can open and work with using a web browser. In this lesson, you'll do a quick review of Access and then create two web apps. You'll need Access 2013 and a SharePoint server address, which you can get by signing up for a free trial of an Office 365 subscription.

Learning New Outlook Features

In this lesson, you'll look at the most important new features in Outlook 2013, including improvements to the email, contacts (now called people), calendar, and tasks areas. Some areas have been renamed and others have received a new look to help you communicate more efficiently. You'll also look at ways of customizing the screens in the major Outlook areas so that you can always have the information you need at your fingertips.

What's New With OneNote 2013

This lesson will introduce you to the basics of OneNote 2013, including creating a notebook, tabs, and pages. You'll then see the major new features, including creating and tagging text, creating tables with shading, converting tables to Excel spreadsheets, and inserting existing Excel spreadsheets. Finally, you'll learn about sending information to OneNote from other programs and exporting notebooks.

What's New in Microsoft Publisher 2013

In this lesson, you'll look at the new features of Microsoft Publisher 2013, including new templates and new text and graphics formatting options. The lesson will cover fills, outlines, and special effects such as shadows, reflections, glows, and bevels. These effects offer countless combinations that let you make your text and graphics truly distinctive. You'll learn to easily swap images in a publication and make any image into a page background. Finally, you'll learn how to save any publication as a graphic file that you can send to any photo printer.

Integrating Office Information

In this lesson, you'll learn how to perform basic integration techniques, which let you reuse information between the Office programs. You'll compare and contrast pasting, embedding, and linking and get some hands-on experience as you integrate spreadsheet cells and a chart into a Word report. Finally, you'll learn to create an entire PowerPoint presentation in an instant from a Word outline.

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Instructors & Support

Barbara Clemens

Barbara Clemens has been a software product manager, editor, writer, and teacher since 1984. She holds a B.A. in English, a M.A. in English as a Second Language, and a M.B.A. She has worked with educational publishers Addison-Wesley and Course Technology to create software textbooks for colleges and universities. She has edited, revised, and written many Microsoft Office texts and has co-authored two textbooks on new versions of Office: "Upgrading to Microsoft Office 2007 and "Upgrading to Microsoft Office 2010."




There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, prior experience with at least two Microsoft Office programs is recommended.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Professional, containing Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Outlook, and Publisher (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.


  • If you are using Office Home and Student or Office Home and Business, you can read the chapters about Outlook, Access, and Publisher, without keystroking them. It's not a good idea to have two versions of Office on the same machine, so if you do download it, try it on a second machine.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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