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Open File Options in Microsoft Office 2013

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When we want to open a file in one of the Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel we have a variety of options on how to open the specific file.  These options will be described below and the application that I used for this post is Microsoft Excel 13. In this post are featured the common commands between Microsoft Office applications.

If we select the drop down button which is located at the bottom right corner of the Open dialog box and next to the command Open we can do one of the following:

  • Open
  • Open Read Only
  • Open As Copy
  • Open In Browser
  • Open In Protected View
  • Open And Repair

All the above commands let us open the files in a different way which I will describe below:

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Security Warning in Office 2013

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In the previous post of mine I mentioned about how Office 2013 and Windows 8 protects us from files that we wave downloaded from the Internet or received one as an a attachment from Outlook.

Some files that we have downloaded from Internet or received as an attachment from Outlook contain active content with links. In this post the screenshots are from the Excel application but the same procedure is followed for Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint also.

When we open a file like that, a Security Warning line appears below the ribbon as we can see in the image below. The Security Warning informs us that Automatic Updates Of Links Has Been Disabled. If we are sure about the file we can press the Enable Content button in order to edit and view the file.

Security Warning - Enable Content

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Security – Unblock An Office 2013 File

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In a previous post of mine I mentioned about the Protected View in Office 2010. Now with Office 2013 and Windows 8 things are much more secure.

First of all let’s refresh our memory about Protected View. Protected View appears when we download files from the Internet, or when we open attachments from Outlook basically.

When we open a file either that came from the Internet or an attachment from Outlook, a Security Warning line appears below the ribbon which notifies us that Be Careful-Files From The Internet Can Contain Viruses. Unless you need to edit, it’s safer to stay in Protected View as shown in the image below. If we are sure about the file we can press the Enable Content button in order to edit and view the file.

Protected View

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Insert Apps in Word 13

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Definition: Apps is an abbreviation for application. An App is a piece of software. It can run on the Internet, on our computer, or on our phone or other electronic device.

How many times we wished that there was an App that will extend the functionality of our spreadsheet or our document?  Many times I believe!!!

Apps are now available in the latest versions of Word, Excel, Project. The post below will describe on how to install an app in Excel.

First of all we must select the Insert tab and from the area of the ribbon named Apps we select the command Apps For Office. Once the drop down menu appears we select the command See All as shown in the image below.


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Enable Disable Add-Ins And Coms in Office 13

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An add-in is installed functionality that adds custom commands and new features to Microsoft Office system programs. They increase our productivity and get things done very efficiently. In order to activate them or deactivate them we must follow the steps below.

In order to Enable or to Disable Add-Ins and Coms we follow the same steps as described below in all Microsoft Office Programs. Meaning Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint. In the example below the screenshots are from Microsoft Excel, but the same stands for the other Office Programs.

First, we must select the File tab in order to move to backstage view and then from the drop down menu that appears we select the Options category from the left of the menu as we can see in the image below.

File - Options

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Remove the Start Screen In Word 13

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Are you the type of person that is annoyed with the Start Screen in Word 13? All you want to do is when you start an Office application is to be presented with a blank Word Document, a blank Excel Workbook or a blank New Presentation. The procedure of removing the Start Screen is the same for all the other Microsoft Programs.

In the following images are presented the Start Screens in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Microsoft Office Word Start Screen

Word Startup Screen


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Complete collection of Microsoft Office 2013 Quick Start Guides

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Are you in need to download free Quick Start Guides, that are about Microsoft Office 2013? These Free Guides contain tips, shortcuts, screenshots and many more hints in order for you to find yourself around Microsoft Office 2013.

Once we download them, we can open them with either the free version of Adobe Reader, or if we are running Windows 8, we can open and view them with the Windows 8 Reader app.

In order for us to download them, we just follow the link below:


Once the link is activated we are transferred to the site as shown below:

Microsoft Office 2013 Quick Start Guides

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