Word 2013 For Dummies
This page supports my book Microsoft Word 2013 For Dummies. If you have my Word 2010 book, click here; for Word2007, click here, and for Word 2002/2003/XP, click here.
Errata / Corrections
- Page 129
- The hanging indent example on the page is, obviously, not a hanging indent. I provided specific directions in the text for the publisher to make it look that way. Alas.
- Page 159
- Watermarks are a page-level formatting command. They apply only to the current section. So if the document's first page is its own section, as in a title page, the watermark applies only to it. You have to move to the next section to apply the watermark to that section. Similarly, removing a watermark removes it only for the section in which it was applied.
Latest Information & Updates
- Overview of Word 2013
- Here is a blog post I've written about what's new and what I like about Word 2013.
- Deleting an unwanted file from the Recent Documents list
- The file may be gone, but the remnants remain in the stupid Recent Documents. Yes, you can remove that bad file reference, but it's not easy. Read more...
- Converting that Word 2013 document format
- As you might already know, Word 2013 saves documents in a the docx file format. This format is different from and incompatible with the older doc file format used by Word versions 97 through 2003. The good news is that there is a converter available from Microsoft. Click here to download the converter.
- Getting the Save All command back
- Do you miss the Save All command? Here's how to get it back.
- The Document Looks All Weird Trouble!
- Ever open a document in Word and it looks really weird on the screen? It's a Word document, but for some reason it got trashed! What did you do? What did you do? Read about what you did.
- Creating a Vinculum
- I, too, didn't know what a vinculum was until a reader wrote me. I soon discovered that Word can not only do vinculums, but it can do them well — and it's a useful trick to know. Read more...
- Finding Text Formatting
- I talk about this in the books, but it's not really explained well enough. This tutorial should help. Read more...
- 12 Years of Humorous Word Images
- Take a trip through memory lane and see some of the obnoxious, outrageous, and just plain funny images that I've put into my Word For Dummies book over the years. Enjoy...
Word Blog Posts
Here are the most recent posts taken from my Wambooli Blog which directly relate to Microsoft Word:
- The Confusing Yet Useful Topic of Continuous Section Breaks
- Nov 22, 2013 Don't flee in terror! Section breaks are useful ways of slicing up a document. The continuous section break has its place, especially when it comes to formatting document titles. Link
- Breaking Your Word
- Oct 23, 2013 Here are a few handy tips and tricks to fix Microsoft Word when it starts acting like Microsoft Weird. Link
- Word File Management
- Oct 16, 2013 Word processing is about writing and formatting. It's not about file management, even though you can still do a lot of file management from within Word. Link
- Goofy Text Effects
- Oct 9, 2013 I suppose if you have a creative flair, you'll enjoy using Word's goofy text formatting attributes. Or maybe you just want to drive your readers insane. Link
- Watermark Me
- Sep 11, 2013 The watermark feature does more than just put the text "Draft" on the background of all your document's pages. Link
- Fancy Title Pages with Text Boxes
- Aug 28, 2013 You can layout fancy title pages by using Word's text boxes as graphical elements. It's not an obvious way to create a title page, but it's the best way. Link
- The Three Great Word Processor Sins
- Aug 23, 2013 Even if you don't want to master a program like Microsoft Word, consider learning these three simple tricks that every word processor user should know. Link
- Organize Your Thoughts
- Aug 21, 2013 There's more to an outline than just a viewing mode in Microsoft Word. It can be a powerful tool for anyone who needs to organize anything. Link
- Revisions Marks On!
- Jul 31, 2013 Revision marks allow you to track your document as it's edited. It's a handy feature, but one that can bug your eyes out if you don't know how to deal with it. Link
- Fill In the Blanks
- Jul 17, 2013 Forget whacking the underline key a zillion times. By using the Fearless Dot Leader tab in Word, you can instantly create fill-in-the-blank lines in your document. Link
- Editing the Normal Template
- Jun 26, 2013 Here are the secret steps to change the way Word chooses the font and formats for you when you start a new document. Shhhh! (Video Screencast included with this blog post!) Link
- Columns of Word's
- Jun 12, 2013 Columns in Microsoft Word can be frustrating as all get-go, unless you read my handy advice on how to properly mess with and configure multiple columns of text on a page. Link
For all Word-related blog posts, click here.