One of Directions Training’s Microsoft Applications Instructors wanted you to know that in reality, he’s an “Office Guy.”

So, what is an “Office Guy” – a guy who works in an Office?

No – it means that he has spent the last 17 years teaching folks how to learn and use the Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. In those 17 years, he has seen every version (95, 98, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013) and has a lot of experience showing how to transition from one generation of the software to the next.

Some of the biggest questions that most people have when they have to deal with a new generation of the same product are:

Where did they put it? (Where is my Print button now???)

What’s new in it? (What are the cool new features???)

Why should I care? (What’s in it for me???)

Look at the screen shot above – this is the new “face” of Excel 2013 (just when you’ve finally figured out Microsoft Excel 2010). This is the first screen you see when you launch Microsoft Excel, but it looks very different than any other version. Why? In all the past versions, the first screen you saw at least looked like you were ready to start typing directly into a document. Now the screen asks you what type of document you want to start working with. Is this screen difficult to get past? Of course not, but it is a different way to launch a program. So, how do I get Excel to look like it’s ready to start typing and editing? Just double click the button highlighted in red below.

And you will land here in what actually looks like an Excel spreadsheet. But look carefully – things may have changed once you start digging deeper into the application.

Check back next month for more about what’s new and or different.

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