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Free Quick Start Guides for Office 2013 Now Available for Download

With the introduction of new features and changes in the recent release of Office 2013, you may have some questions about where things are at or how to get things done. In order to make the transition easier Microsoft has just published a set of Quick Start Guides to help you get settled in with the latest edition of Office.

Here is the first page from the Quick Start Guide for Word. As you can see the guides are nicely laid out with easy to follow notes located around and across the pages.

You can choose from among the nine Quick Start Guides available and download only the ones you want and/or need. All guides are available in PDF format and range from 5 – 9 pages in length.

Office 2013 Quick Start Guides Download Page [via Office Blogs (Microsoft)]

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  • Published 02/5/13

Comments (4)

  1. Wise UP

    Why would anyone pay to use Microsoft Office when there are other completely free alternatives? Even if Microsoft wised up and also provided a free non trial period version, why would anyone still choose to use it?

    Everyone I have asked that question has told me they bought it mostly for the Outlook email client or the Power Point presentation app. But again, there are other completely free alternatives that do what those apps do. The free Thunderbird email client and the free Libre Office Impress app are only two common alternatives which are also 100-percent compatible. So is it for Microsoft’s hellish support?

    It just amazes me that anyone chooses to pay a very unreasonable price for a product that offers nothing over other products even when those other products are free or at a substantially lower cost. I suppose I don’t understand the herd mentality that seems to be happening because it’s as if the people buying Microsoft Office have been mind washed into thinking they also need the Microsoft branding or something. (You might note one other thing that gets branded – cattle!)

    So wise up and STOP making Microsoft more powerful! Stop helping Microsoft subvert economies and lobby for more perversion of (patent/copyright) laws. Stop helping them bully companies/individuals by economically squeezing businesses out of existence or forcing mergers. And now with EUFI (UEFI, or whatever) poised to take an unprecedented grab at power over hardware manufacturers it’s more important than ever that as consumers we vote with our dollars. We need to stop mindlessly PAYING Microsoft to rule over our lives the way Apple has always tried to do.

    The very least anyone can do would be to STOP USING MICROSOFT OFFICE especially since there is no real need for it. But if you already have it then I suppose you might as well get those cheat sheets. I won’t even go into my rant on how Microsoft seems to love to confuse things (which is probably why you’re reading this).

  2. micco

    I like MS Office, a lot.

    – I hear Outlook is great but i don’t use it.
    – PP is fine but i don’t like presentations so i use it rarely.
    – MS Excel is my most commonly used program and i did not find any alternatives that even come close. Libres Calc doesn’t do it for me.
    – MS Access goes hand in hand with Excel and is another great program.
    – MS Word i must admit is one program which i could go without. There are some good alternatives, but i don’t use them, because Word comes in a package.
    – MS OneNote is very handy for quick notes and has much more features than Evernote. I use both though.

  3. viper

    To Wise Up:
    Please stop sounding like a Linux and Open Source fan boy. The day Thunderbird, Evolution and the like of LibreOffice start implementing MS Exchange support, which is also decent in its execution, I will switch to them. My organization runs on Exchange and Active Directory etc. MS tools are required.
    And for advanced word and spreadsheet processing, MS products are still the norm. You need them, because you need to cater to the end user, who invariably will have less tech-savvy awareness of Open source products. Plus third-part addin integration to the enterprise level found for MS Office, is not easily substituted.
    MS Office costs what is does, because there is a simple Supply-Demand curve. People still buy it, because people still need it. Adobe Acrobat costs that much, because it is the enterprise standard. Sure try using SumatraPDF etc to fill in complex forms and digital signatures and let me know if they compare with Adobe’s products.

    For the home user, openoffice is fine. But for people who actually need and power-use office, MS office has no alternative.

  4. Asian Angel

    Ok…I think this particular “discussion” has went far enough…

    The guides are available for those who are sincerely interested and of no concern to those who are not interested…

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