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Your top 10 favorite Word posts of 2012

We looked at the year-end numbers to discover which things--so far--interest you most about the new Word and which posts about the current version you find most useful.  Check out the year in review with the top posts for the new and current Word.

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Webinar: Spell Check and Proofing your Word doc

In this week's webinar, we'll explore Word tools like AutoCorrect and Proofing options that help you polish your documents and make them shine. What you will learn at Tuesday's webinar: How to adjust your spelling and grammar options How to personalize things like AutoCo...

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‘Tis the Season for Making 2013 Photo Calendars

In the midst of shopping, tree trimming, cookie baking, and a whirlwind of holiday parties, who has time to build a 2013 calendar? Guest blogger Cynthia Hartwig shows you how she built one for her rowing club with Word calendar templates from office.com.

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Juiced. Pickled. Canned. Use Word templates to label your holiday goodies

My handwriting is about as legible as a doctor's.  And this year my Italian plum trees pumped out fruit like a post-recession factory, producing enough for three different kinds of chutney, and yes, Slivovitz (plum brandy). I didn't want someone slathering garlic-ginger chutney on their English muffin so I decided to create spiffy, READABLE, holiday labels with the help of Word templates.

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Webinar: Track changes and copyediting in Word

Have you ever received a Word document with pesky editing lines? In this week's webinar, we'll show you how to use the Review tab. Learn how to edit, track changes, and work with comments in Word 2010 and Word 2013. Click read more below to view entire webinar or watch the trailer now: What you will learn at Tuesday's webinar: Turning changes on and off Changes versus comments...

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Starting from blank: Design templates in the Word 2013

Last month, we introduced the Start screen in the new Word and discussed how templates and built-in content can be used to quickly create great looking documents. We know that over half of all Word sessions start from a blank document. These documents can end up looking very different, but in previous versions of Word they all started with the same settings. In the new Word, we have made it easier for you to create great looking documents, allowing you to focus on content instead of formatting.

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Top 5 reasons developers will love Word 2013

Developers have long been able to leverage Word’s programmability model to extend the functionality of Word and deliver amazing results. Today we’re going to highlight 5 new features that makes the new Word better than ever for developers.

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Top 10 reasons students will love Word 2013

The new Office is packed with features that students will love and Word is no exception!  Today, we present the Top 10 reasons we think students will be head over heels for the new Word.  Download the Customer Preview today and tell us which of these is your favorite new feature!

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Optimizing Word 2013 for Windows RT

Like you, we here on the Word team are pumped about Windows 8 and Windows RT. We’re equally excited to be shipping Office Home & Student 2013 RT with Windows RT devices. Knowing this, one question you might have is: “How is Word being optimized for Windows RT?” If you haven’t seen it already, definitely check out Josh and David’s blog post about our overall experience with Building Office for Windows RT. In that post, they highlight much of the work that teams in Office did to optimize our apps for Windows RT. In this post, I’ll further highlight some of the work that the Word team did to make Word 2013 on Windows RT great.

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What’s new in Word Automation Services

In Office 2010, we introduced a brand new SharePoint service called Word Automation Services. Word Automation Services allows developers to harness the capabilities of Word on the server. Word Automation Services allows developers to perform the following types of file operations: Converting between document formats (ex. DOC to DOCX) Converting to fixed formats (ex. PDF) Updating the Table of Contents, the Table of Authorities, and index fields Recalculating all field types Importing “alternate format chunks” Setting the compatibility mode of the document to the latest version or to previous versions of Word  We created this service because we wanted to help developers avoid the challenges of automating the Word client application as documented by this famous Knowledge Base article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257757. In Office 2013, we’ve made improvements to Word Automation Services, based on some great user feedback, which we think will make the service even easier to use and allows the service to accommodate additional scenarios.

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Working with images gets simpler in the new Word

How many times have you tried to move an image or a chart in Word and gotten frustrated when it unexpectedly landed somewhere other than where it was dropped?  Working with images is one of the top pain points that we hear about from customers, so in the new Word, we’ve simplified the experience with 3 great new features: The Layout Options button gives you quick access to change how your image interacts with the rest of your document. Live layout lets you see your document’s new layout in real time as you reposition, resize or rotate images Alignment guides help you visually align your images with important areas of the document.

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Starting off right: Templates and built-in content in the new Word

We know you put a lot of effort into making a document look great. At the end of the day, you want a polished document that invites people in. One that is professional looking, with obvious attention to the details, and that you can be proud to share with your friends, family, colleagues, coworkers, or the world. In this release, we wanted to make it easier than ever for you to create those documents. In this post, I’ll talk about how new starting options, templates, and built-in content can make it easier to go from start to finish using the new Word in the Office Customer Preview.

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