Microsoft Office 2013: Quick Start Guides To Help You Get Going

Last week we witnessed the launch of the new Office 2013 – Office 365. And there are some things that you may want to get used to. And it is not improbable that not everyone will make the move, and accept the new office, but for those who dare to, they will find a product which is very similar in many ways to Office 2010, but also different in some other ways. For instance, the cloud is built-in via SkyDrive integration, and there is a new Start screen and a bit more.

Luckily for us, Microsoft is attempting to make the transition as simple and hassle-free as possible. You can head out to the local bookstore in your area, or go online over to Amazon, and buy a guide — there are doubtless plenty of reliable ones already available. But, if you want something that is just free and easy to get, then the Microsoft has made a series of “Quick Start Guides” available for the public.

Microsoft has stated that “to help ease the transition, we’ve put together nine handy Quick Start Guides that introduce you to the newest versions of the Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Project, and Visio”.

The Quick Start Guides are printable guides that offer useful tips, shortcuts, and screenshots to help users find their way across the new suite of applications. If you are on Windows 8, you can even open and view these guides using the Windows 8 Reader app. The Word Quick Start guide, for example, mentions that Word 2013 “looks different from previous versions”, so Microsoft created a guide to help minimize the learning curve. There are Quick Start guides for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Outlook, and Publisher (as well as Visio and Project). Grab the guides below or hit the source to grab them.

The guides are in a convenient PDF format that we all have come to love and will open right in your web browser, but you can also save them to your computer for future reference. You can also zoom into screenshots to get a better look.

For any user, these guides may come in very handy, especially if you are just switching from a really old version of Office, and you get a bit overwhelmed by all the new changes. But even if you a more experienced user, you may still learn a trick or two to make your work day go a lot smoother, and less stressful.

Office 2013/365 is not that highly different from the 2010 version, but there are some new features like the “Reader” mode. Microsoft is, of course, encouraging upgrades, as it would be expected to do. In this case, it may make sense to take heed of that advice – Office 365 Home Premium five license deals, such as can be found on, makes it a good deal for families, but it is up to each of you to make your own decision, as to whether it is a welcome addition to your PC.

Be the FIRST to Know - Join Our Mailing List!

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Previous ArticleNext Article
Jamaica Sanchez loves to buy lots of stuff online. She visits lots of Philippine group buying websites to check for the latest promos available. On her spare time, she loves listening to Korean Pop Music.


  1. Office is getting better with every release , and it is very good for office makers. The process is really simplified now. Some good tips there. Thnaks @Jamiaca.

  2. I am still with office 2008 and I am pretty sure that i won’t change until a looong time because i am a mac user … But I use the 2010 version at work and honestly, I do prefer the windows version

  3. I did use the beta release and was not much impressed since it was looking more like 2010. Sky drive and lot of sub features were there and it was faster than the earlier version.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Send this to a friend