Microsoft Office 2013 New Features Training Course Outline


This 1-day course covers those features of Microsoft Office 2013 that are new to the Office system, with dedicated Sessions for the new features of each application. Students will learn about changes to Backstage View and the Ribbon, including more general overview of using and customizing the Ribbon for those more familiar with Office versions previous to 2010. They will also learn Office 2013's new online features, including account sign-in, cloud storage, and online services. In Word they will use new tools to navigate and review documents, reply to comments, format a document, align graphics, work with tables, and open PDF files in Word. In Excel they will format data with the Flash Fill and Quick Analysis tools, insert charts and PivotTables using recommendations, and format a chart with the new tool buttons. In PowerPoint they will apply theme variants, match colors with the Eyedropper, create custom shapes, and rehearse a presentation in Presenter view. Finally, in Outlook they will use new interface and message elements, explore the new People View, and compose inline replies. Contact us for further details.

Course contents:

Session 1: Using the Ribbon
Topic A: Office interface elements
Topic B: Customizing the ribbon

Session 2: Files and online services
Topic A: Microsoft Office Backstage view
Topic B: Online and cloud functions

Session 3: New Word features
Topic A: Viewing documents
Topic B: Document design
Topic C: Editing PDFs in Word

Session 4: New Excel features
Topic A: Context-sensitive automation
Topic B: Organizing and presenting data

Session 5: New PowerPoint features
Topic A: New visual enhancements
Topic B: Arranging presentation elements
Topic C: Presenter view

Session 6: New Outlook features
Topic A: Navigating Outlook
Topic B: Working with messages

Course objectives

After completing this course, students will know how to:

  1. Use the ribbon components, Live Preview, the Quick Access toolbar, Dialog Box Launchers, task panes, and the status bar; customize the ribbon’s components and appearance.
  2. Use Backstage view to view and edit document properties, recover an unsaved draft, and finish a document; insert online content, log in with a Microsoft account, configure online and cloud services, and present a document online.
  3. Collapse and expand headings in Word, view documents in Read Mode, and reply to comments; use the Design tab to format documents, place pictures using alignment guides, and quickly add rows, columns, and borders to a table; convert PDF files to Word documents.
  4. Format cell data in Excel using the Flash Fill and Quick Analysis tools; insert charts or PivotTables using Recommendations, format charts with new tools, and view chart animations.
  5. Apply theme variants in PowerPoint, match colors using the eyedropper; place shapes using alignment guides, merge shapes, and view motion paths; rehearse a presentation using Presenter View.
  6. Navigate Outlook using Peeks and the new Navigation bar, view and edit contacts in People view, and customize the Weather bar; use new Message list features, filter unread messages, customize search scopes, understand the Attachment Reminder feature, make inline message replies, and reorder subfolders.

Course Prerequisites

Students taking this course should be familiar with personal computers and the use of a keyboard and a mouse. Furthermore, this course assumes that students have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience: Windows XP: Basic, Windows Vista: Basic, or Windows 7: Basic Basic-level courses for the following Office 2010 or 2007 applications: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook

Target student

Before taking this course, students should have some experience with using the applications in Microsoft Office 2013 or earlier. Students will get the most out of this course if their goal is to become familiar with new features introduced in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Office 2013.