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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 MS Office 2013 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 Office 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
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Starting April 17 | May 15

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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Week 1

Examine the new look of Office 2013 and then learn about working with Office programs and documents in the cloud. Then, employ the new views and graphics capabilities of Microsoft Word. You will use these new features in short and long documents.

Week 2

Learn about new Word reviewing features that make this editing and sharing faster. You will explore Office apps, which help you extend what you can do in the program. Then, discover new data analysis tools in Excel that let you preview various data relationships.

Week 3

Explore changes to Excel PivotTables and PivotCharts, and learn a great new PivotTable feature called the Timeline. You will also examine a few new apps for Excel. Then, learn about PowerPoint themes and theme variants. You will examine new slide formats, and you'll look at how the Ribbon tabs have changed.

Week 4

Learn about formatting slide backgrounds, formatting pictures, and presenting in Slide Show view. You will discover new animation features that let you create custom animations more easily. Then, discover the big new feature of Access 2013 - the ability to create and share web apps.

Week 5

Examine the most important new features in Outlook 2013, including improvements to the email, contacts, calendar, and tasks areas. You will discover several ways of customizing the screens in the major Outlook areas so that you can always have the information you need at your fingertips. Then, learn the basics of OneNote 2013 and identify the major new features.

Week 6

Learn the new features of Microsoft Publisher 2013, including new templates and new text and graphics formatting options. You will discover how to easily swap images in a publication and make any image into a page background. Finally, learn how to perform basic integration techniques, which let you reuse information between the Office programs.

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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. It is not suitable for Mac users.

Software Requirements: 

  • Windows 7 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 Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • 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 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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