IN THIS CHAPTER
Word 2013 and its companion Office programs have been retooled and updated to help you get things done faster. Underneath its streamlined new look, Word integrates smoothly with the new features built into the Windows 8 operating system and Windows 8 devices, though you can use Word on a Windows 7 system, too. (It also runs on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012, but this book limits coverage to using Word on the end-user versions of Windows.)
Word 2013 keeps the Ribbon interface found in the 2007 and 2010 versions. Its “bang for your buck” improvements show up elsewhere, from a new view that makes it easier to peruse a document, to new templates and guides that make document design faster and easier, to improved PDF handling, to integration with the cloud and your social media services. Even if you know the Ribbon, there's a lot to discover about Word in this book. This chapter kicks it off with your first look at starting Word in Windows 8 (and some in Windows 7), getting around in Word, finding options to customize your work setup, getting help, and exiting the program when you're done.
Your work in Word 2013 begins with starting the program, and there are ...