Differences Between Word 2010 and Word 2013

Word 2010 and Word 2013 are very similar in terms of functionality, but there are some key differences between them.  This guide will show the important differences between Word 2010 and Word 2013.

Starting Word

 Word 2010 1  Word 2013 1

                    Word 2010                                                                                  Word 2013

When you start up Word 2010, you are taken straight to a blank document.  Word 2013 gives you a list of templates to choose from (including a blank document) when you start it up.

Insert Apps for Office and Online Video

 Word 2010 2

                                                           Word 2010

Word 2013 2

                                                                Word 2013

The Insert tab in Word 2013 has two new features that were not in Word 2010.  Word 2013 allows you to insert Office web applications and online videos into your documents.  NAU ITS does not support Office web applications, and advises against inserting online videos into your documents.  Please ignore these features.

The Design Tab

 Word 2010 3

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 Word 2013 3.5

                                                            Word 2013

In Word 2010, the Page Layout tab contains features for themes, colors, fonts, effects, watermarks, the page color, and page borders.  In Word 2013, these features are contained in a new tab, labeled "Design."

The Profile Icon

 Word 2013 4

                 Word 2013

Word 2013 includes an icon for your Windows Live profile in the top right-hand corner of the window.  This icon is not in Word 2010.  NAU ITS does not support Windows Live accounts and profiles.  Please ignore this icon.


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This is the landing page for the Office 2013 documentation.