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Webucator's Free Intermediate Microsoft Word 2013 Tutorial

Lesson: Microsoft Word 2013 New Features

Welcome to our free Intermediate Microsoft Word 2013 tutorial. This tutorial is based on Webucator's Intermediate Microsoft Word 2013 Training course.

There are several new features in Microsoft Word 2013 that can make it easier to work with your files.

Lesson Goals

  • Learn how to edit PDF documents in Microsoft Word 2013.
  • Learn how to use live layout and alignment guides.

Editing PDF Documents in Microsoft Word

Word 2013 allows you to open and edit PDF documents right within Word.

To edit a PDF in Microsoft Word 2013:

  1. With Word open, click the FILE menu tab. File Menu Tab
  2. Click Open. File Open
  3. Navigate to and select the PDF document you want to edit.
  4. Click OK to the pop-up message that appears; Word will convert the PDF to an editable file. Pop-Up Message
  5. Make changes to the document. Document Changes
  6. Click the FILE menu tab and select Save As. File Save As
  7. Save your document as a PDF file. Save As Dialog Box
  8. Your changes will be evident in the file. Document with Changes

Editing a PDF in Word

Duration: 10 to 15 minutes.

In this exercise, you will use Word 2013 to edit a PDF document.

  1. From within Word, open the Plants in my yard - Intermediate.pdf file.
  2. Correct the typo in the Japanese Maple description (in the last sentence, change "trees" to "tree").
  3. Save the file as a PDF.

Solution:

  1. Within Word, click the FILE menu tab and then click Open. Navigate to the Plants in my yard - Intermediate.pdf file.
  2. Click OK to the pop-up message that appears; Word will convert the PDF to an editable file. Pop-Up Message
  3. On the first page, in the Japanese Maple description, in the last sentence, change "trees" to "tree." PDF Edit
  4. Click the FILE menu tab and click Save As. File Save As
  5. Save the file as a PDF document. Save As Dialog Box

Using Live Layout and Alignment Guides

Word 2013 provides some new layout options. When you click a graphic, image, or SmartArt, you will see an icon to the right, which is the Layout Options button. Click it to view options to format your images. Layout Options Button

You can select from a number of options, including text wrapping option, which allow you to wrap text around the image in a variety of ways. Layout Options

Live Layout

When you have an image with text wrapping, you can use the Live Layout feature of Word 2013. To use Live Layout:

  1. Click the image and drag it.
  2. As you drag the image, you will see a preview of what it will look like if you were to select a particular location; that is, the text will move to show how the image will appear. Live Layout
  3. When you determine the desired location for your image, release the mouse button.

You will notice an anchor icon as you drag the image. Anchor Icon The anchor shows the location of the image and the text that it is with.

Alignment Guides

Another new feature of Word 2013 are alignment guides, which help you place images. To use alignment guides:

  1. Drag the image and preview where it will go, using Live Layouts.
  2. As you move the image, you will see green dashed lines appear, which are the alignment guides. They help you align images to margins, text, and so on. Alignment Guides