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11 Office 2013 Shortcuts That Will Change Your Life

Think you know everything there is to know about Microsoft Office? Take a look at 11 hidden features that will make you the envy of your co-workers.
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(Image: Created in a lab environment, logo credits throughout, Microsoft)

(Image: Created in a lab environment, logo credits throughout, Microsoft)

Microsoft Office 2013 users know the suite is bundled with a wide range of productivity features that help them perform day-to-day activities efficiently. Yet, as often as we use Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other applications in our day-to-day lives, there are a large number of hidden or lesser-known features in Office 2013 that are extremely useful, but that many people aren't taking advantage of.

Many of us are even using third-party applications to do functions that we could more quickly and efficiently do right within the Office suite. For example, did you know that you could instantly add screenshots, YouTube videos, or Facebook images to your documents, right from within Office?

Were you aware Word serves as a calculator, allowing you to do arithmetic without switching to a calculator app or Excel? Do you know how to instantly and automatically compare different versions of the same document to see what changes your bosses, co-workers, or clients want you to make, without switching between tabs or reading each version line-by-line?

On the following pages, we give you information and directions on 11 lesser-known Office 2013 features that will increase productivity, add value to your work, and make you more efficient, not to mention give you the title of resident Office 2013 expert in your own office.

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mak63
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mak63,
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4/22/2015 | 4:11:49 PM
bookmarked it
I'm gonna teach a Microsoft Office class in a Comunity Center soon. I appreciate this article. So, anymore useful shortcuts? I bookmarked this page already
Vishal0soni
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Vishal0soni,
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4/10/2015 | 12:40:56 AM
Very Handy Tricks !!
This article, and now i feel my work is getting done much faster. Compare and combine, Import Picture and Auto-generate text have become regular-use features for me. :)
JimB303
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JimB303,
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3/30/2015 | 4:15:29 PM
Re: Adding Calculator to Tool Bar
It's odd, but the way it works is you type 2+2 highlight it and then hit calculate. It shows the result in the menu bar
kstaron
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kstaron,
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3/30/2015 | 3:38:45 PM
Like the screenshot feature
I feel like I can do even more now. I especially like the screenshot feature which I never realized was possible. I'd been using copy and paste to get the information but this is so much better. Now I need to poke around in office and see what each of the little tabs have and what they do.
BubbaIT
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BubbaIT,
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3/30/2015 | 1:55:10 PM
Re: Adding Calculator to Tool Bar
I added the Calculate button to my QA Toolbar, and tried it on various expressions in a Word document. The answer appears in the status bar at the bottom of the document window, rather than in the body of the document itself. Moreover, the results didn't always agree with the results I got using a Windows calculator app. I think I'll stick with the Windows app for the time being.
Vishal0soni
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Vishal0soni,
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3/30/2015 | 9:20:15 AM
Re: Slideshow vs. List
I do agree. A list format could be really useful here.
moarsauce123
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3/28/2015 | 8:21:46 AM
You forgot one shortcut!
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Aroper-VEC,
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3/26/2015 | 2:23:34 PM
Re: Adding Calculator to Tool Bar
Unless someone can provide a screen shot of a before and after using that command, I don't think it will do what the author thinks it will do. My guess is that is used for formulas when you have a table or a spreadsheet embedded in your document.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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3/26/2015 | 1:15:23 PM
Useful info
This is a gold mine - great tips here! I especially like the 'compare and combine' feature.
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3/26/2015 | 11:13:37 AM
Slideshow vs. List
I like the slideshow because it enable a lot of images but it would be nice if you could get this in a list format that I could clip to OneNote or Word to reference later. I had heard of most of these but never can remember how to use them. A list would actually make this useful and not just informative.
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