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Seven New Features in Word 2013

1. Reading Mode

Designed for Tablet users, this mode allows users to flip through documents in a book-like layout, without the distraction of editing tools.

When a document opens in Reading mode, you cannot make changes to the document and use edit tools or see the ribbon.


When you reopen a document, a bookmark is placed in the last location you scrolled to, and you can keep reading right where you left off.

Bookmarks show the last location you scrolled to.

3. Edit text in PDFs using Word

Open a PDF and edit the content just like you edit a Word document. To open a PDF using Word, right-click it and select Open with > Microsoft Word 2013.

Click Open with > Word.

4. Simple Markup Tracking

Simple Markup, the default view for viewing tracked changes, makes it easier to read the document. It allows you to see comments and tracked changes by clicking on the red bar to the left of the text. If you want all tracked changes and comments to show, like in previous versions of Word, switch to All Markup.

Click the Review tab > Simple Markup to change options.

5. Collapse or expand parts of a document

This allows readers to open sections and read details if they want.

6. Improved features for working with images

7. Insert online video in Word documents

Insert video directly into your documents and users can view it in Word.

Click Insert > Online Pictures and enter a search term.

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