The only thing standing between you and your writing is your word processor. Yeah, I know: It’s supposed to be helpful. Well, it tries. Computers can do only so much. But you, as a smart person, are capable of so much more. I’m guessing that’s why you opened this book.

Welcome to Word 2013 For Dummies, which removes the pain from using Microsoft’s latest, greatest, most confusing word processing software ever! This book is your friendly, informative, and entertaining guide to the routine of processing words that is Word 2013.

Be warned: I’m not out to make you love Word. I don’t want you to enjoy the program. Use it, yes. Tolerate it, of course. The only promise I’m offering is to ease the pain that most people feel from using Microsoft Word. Along the way, I kick Word in the butt, and I hope you enjoy reading about it.

About This Book

I don’t intend for you to read this book from cover to cover. It’s not a novel, and if it were, it would be a political space opera with an antihero and a princess fighting elected officials who are in cahoots with a galactic urban renewal development corporation. The ending would be extremely satisfying, but it would be a long novel because I need something on my bookshelf to balance out Atlas Shrugged.

This book is a reference. Each chapter covers a specific topic or task you can accomplish by using Word 2013. Within a chapter, you find self-contained sections, each of which describes how to perform a specific task or get something ...

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