Top Features in Microsoft Office 2013

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With Microsoft Office 2016 being released at the end of this year, we wanted to take a look back on Microsoft Office 2013 and the top features that it brought, building on Microsoft Office 2010.

We like keeping up-to-date with all the latest features but we realise there are still users out there using Microsoft Office 2010 or earlier, so we wanted to highlight the changes Microsoft made between versions. We will start by looking at common features across Office, before looking at Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word in more detail. If you want to know about any feature just click the header and you will go to a page with more information... If you want to find out about Office 2016 then have a look at our article: What's new in Office 2016?

Common New Features

Improved Templates: You can try new templates by clicking File>New in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, or you can click 'Improved Templates' to find out how to get more.

Share Office Documents Online even if the user you're sharing with doesn't have Office! Click on these links to find out how with:

Last Viewed or edited location: Maintains last three locations.
Skype, Yammer and OneDrive Integration
Change your theme and Ribbon background: Notice how Office keeps your settings between apps!
Online Image support: Including your Flickr account.
New Alignment Guides: Get it straight!
Apps for Office: Extend your functionality!
Touch optimised for your enabled devices.


Perform Basic tasks using a better and streamlined look (including at-a-glance messages, inline replies and quick replies): Quick Start Guide.
Find out your Weather at a glance!
Sneak a Peek at Appointments and Tasks

Outlook Contact Cards:

Improved Search Folders
Improved E-mail Filtering – Quickly find the e-mails you need!
Improved Search (“has attachments”) – Ever lost an e-mail?
Zoom Slider - yay!
Ever forgotten to attach a document? Outlook is helping now with attachment reminders, which you can enable or disable.
Simpler Message Previews – Don’t want to read every e-mail properly? Now easily change your Previews.


Quick Analysis – Analyse your data very quickly and see intelligent suggestions.
Flash Fill – Clever predictive autofill option. Amazing new feature.
Chart Recommendations – Based on your data!
Slice your data like a Ninja – Tables, filtering and a new look!
Separated Workbooks – No more grouping. Easily navigate multiple workbooks.
New functions – for the advanced users.
Embed – Embed your worksheet in a webpage, blog or SharePoint site.
Show off your data – Using Power Map!
PivotChart – Jazz up those Pivot Tables.
Timeline Pivot Tables – Improved from 2010.


Pictures – Access to more royalty free images and simple searches!
New “Live” Layout Preview – make your changes and instantly see the difference.
Redesigned… Design tab.
Improved Read Mode
Working with the new tables
Collapsible Sections – A built-in feature and ability to set as default.
Simple Mark-up Views – Find out who's been editing your document.
New Spellcheck - With online definitions!
Perform Basic tasks using yet another better and streamlined look!


Office Mix – Create truly interactive multimedia presentations.
Design Themes – with lots and lots of variations.
New Presenter View – with Slide Zoom, Slide Navigator, Slide Jump and Auto setup.
Present Online – even if the user does not use Windows.
Comments – Add to your collaborative experience.

Formatting Task Panes:

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