Office 2013 finally released this week, and this incremental update brings with it cloud integration and built-in Exchange ActiveSync support. Though many details and interface elements may not catch the eye at first, questions are already springing up in the Ars OpenForum about how this update works. We have collected a few questions that started in the thread “Office 2013 – Basic Questions.” We’d like to know what other questions you might have about Office 2013, so look through these and share with us your own questions in the comments. We will review your questions and cull answers to them from either the forum or the knowledge of our staff in a follow-up post next week.
Can I edit PDFs?
This definitely a basic question, but a meanigful one. Arkiel asks, “Is there any capacity to edit PDFs in there? We have to use Acrobat Pro X and Word, and are looking to unify the framework somehow.”Entegy has an answer: “PDF is an end-of-work presentation format. As much as you can, you work in another app and export it to PDF. PDF isn't designed to be edited, it's designed to be the last format. Now that you and your partners ignore that, yes, Word 2013 can edit PDFs.”
WHY IS OFFICE SHOUTING?
This question didn’t come from the thread; instead it came from Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson. His question is half-facetious, but only half. He asks, “why on God's green earth did Microsoft choose to use all-caps in the menubar items? It looks absolutely awful and detracts from readability; additionally, there are quite literally no other applications which have all-caps menubars. It sounds like a little thing, but in practice I found it powerfully distracting. All-caps items instantly call to mind HELLO I AM COMPUTER BEEP BOOP ENTER INPUT STRING FOR PROCESSING USER.”
What’s up with search?
Warrens says “for some reason I don't quite understand, in Outlook they've removed the search integration with Windows, so you can no longer just use the start menu to find email.” So where did it go? Tijo answers, “Interesting, didn't know since I don't use outlook, but I'd guess it has to do with completely removing the start menu from Windows 8,” and Happysin clarifies this one with “No, because you can search exactly like in Windows 7. Press the Windows key and start typing.” Danger Mouse also helps out with the answer to this question: “I think you just need to enable the search function within the folders. It's not on by default, AFAICT, but that may have been under the preview. I haven't checked it on the RTM.”
Send us your questions
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