If you’ve used a previous version of Office, you are accustomed to pointing and clicking your way through the various programs in the suite. To display tools on the ribbon that you need to carry out a task, you click the tab that contains the relevant tools. To select text on the screen, you drag the mouse pointer (the cursor) over the text. To insert a paragraph in a document, you click the mouse where you want the text to appear and then type the content.

Simple, right? If this is your navigation style of preference, you’ll be pleased to know that even though Office 2013 is optimized for touch, it was designed first and foremost to work well with your trusty mouse and keyboard. Nothing has been lost in translation here; ...

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