Learn Microsoft Office tips and tricks with these Quick Start Guides

Cheatsheets from Microsoft for their behemoth of an office suite


Office 2013 brings significant changes to Microsoft's productivity suite, with more cloud support and document syncing, interface changes, and several feature improvements/additions. If you're upgrading, Microsoft wants to help you get used to the applications with these free PDF guides pointing out shortcuts, tips, and troubleshooting help. Many of the tips also apply to earlier versions of the Office suite.

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The nine Quick Start Guides cover each of the Office programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Project, and Visio.

They illustrate the most important toolbar and ribbon options, basic features, and a few lesser-known capabilities (such as hitting CTRL+E to search OneNote notebooks). There are tables listing common tools and commands, as well as highlights of new features introduced in Office 2013. E.g.:

Although much of the advice is basic, even seasoned Office users might learn a thing or two from these guides, especially if you're transitioning from an older Office version. Worth a quickl look anyway.

Download the free Office 2013 Quick Start Guides here.

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