Word 2013 gets stylish with new features

In Microsoft's last blog post about Word 2013, the company talked about the new ways to create document tables in the word processor software. This week, Microsoft has updated the official Word blog again with some information on the new style options in Word 2013.

The new post talks about the unified Design tab that's a new feature in Word 2013. Microsoft says:

On this tab are all the features that change the look of your entire document (without you needing to select it). It’s perfect for those times when you realize you’ve written your entire document in Calibri but you really want it in Garamond, or for those of you who’d prefer to have no spacing between lines or paragraphs of text. You can even change all the colors in your document at once.

There is also a new Style Sets visual gallery that lets Word 2013 users preview how a new font style will look in a title, heading and body of a document before putting the style into place.

Microsoft is also making style features in previous versions of Word more visible for Word 2013. Themes, theme colors and more have gotten a UI makeover and should allow users faster and better access to these features. You can also hit the "Set to Default" button that will allow you to set an entire custom theme, with different colors, styles and more, as your main Word 2013 document scheme.

Source: Word blog | Image via Microsoft

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MS are totally taking a dump on developers. I looked at the latest Visual basic 2012 and you have to have Windows 8. this won't go over well with businesses.

ChrisJ1968 said,
MS are totally taking a dump on developers. I looked at the latest Visual basic 2012 and you have to have Windows 8. this won't go over well with businesses.

It's only the free Express edition of 2012 that requires Windows 8. The full versions of VS2012 do not, and a professional dev wouldn't be using an Express edition anyway. If you're not using 8, VS2010 Express isn't going anywhere.

Those circles with arrows and lines on the top right hand side of the window look horrible. Also, grey on white looks too plain.

68k said,
Those circles with arrows and lines on the top right hand side of the window look horrible. Also, grey on white looks too plain.

That's a theme the user has to choose to use. The regular look doesn't have the extra circle-arrow-line design on it.

office 2013 in general is looking to be a nice improvement over its predecessors. I myself can't wait to start using one note for my classes. The new features are great.

Microsoft's problem has never been great features, it's that the average joe has no idea they exist or how to use them. That's what is great about the ribbon bars, they bring all that stuff to the front.

Gates is always touting education, well MS need to put education on their products front and center and in the face. No one is going to the help section, all apps should have a "Moron Mode" that has a little tool tips all over the place. You'd be surprised how many people would opt in to that.

TPreston said,
As long as they don't bring that fecker "clippy" back lol
Dude, Clippy was the best! I would buy Office 2013 if two things happened: 1) Add more themes (too much WHITE - my retinas bleed. Add a black one). 2) Add clippy back 3) Make it a cheap upgrade for students (I got Office 2010 w/ disc for $25)

jimmyfal said,
Microsoft's problem has never been great features, it's that the average joe has no idea they exist or how to use them.

Exactly! In my last workplace we've worked a lot with Word, and used many features in the "wrong" way (the hard way). And nobody around seemed to know how to do stuff in the right way.
Also, on every Office Course out there they teach you the only the basics, which every 6 years-old can do...

jimmyfal said,
Microsoft's problem has never been great features, it's that the average joe has no idea they exist or how to use them. That's what is great about the ribbon bars, they bring all that stuff to the front.

Yeah feature wise Office 2013 is looking good, and I have been impressed (especially with things like cloud syncing). But design wise, I hate it.

Sea of white! Pointless themes, and making ribbon icons basic and more confusing to identify. What are you doing Microsoft!?

It looks a bit different but it's nothing you couldn't do with 2010 or 2007. It's still an improvement overall (especially in speed), but if they're not going to change the font rendering back to something that actually looks good I'm still not sticking with 2013.

You can disable that font rendering if you like in settings, though I think it looks better than before. Far smoother and nicer looking for me