Office 2013 Launch Information

NJIT community members can use Office 2013 but are strongly urged to attend an Office 2013 workshop prior to installation.

Microsoft Office 2013 (Professional Plus) includes:

  • Access, database
  • Excel, spreadsheet
  • OneNote, digital note taking
  • Outlook, email and calendar
  • PowerPoint, presentation
  • Publisher, design electronic forms
  • Word, processing

Should I upgrade to Office 2013?

You may not benefit from upgrading to Office 2013 at this time. Below are the top three questions to answer before you consider upgrading your older version of Office to Office 2013.

1. Do you have Windows 8 or 8.1 with Touch Mode? If you do you will benefit from the upgrade - go to Office Touch Guide for tablets to learn more how to use gestures on your touch screen.

2. Are you using an old version of Office - Office 2003 or 2007? If you do you will benefit from the upgrade since Microsoft is not going to support Office 2003 any more. If you are using Office 2010 there is less or no reason to upgrade to Office 2013.

3. Are you editing PDF files? If you do you can edit and save PDF files directly in Word.

Support for Microsoft Office 2013

IST supports Microsoft Office 2013 for faculty, staff, and students - see the support page links listed at the bottom of this page. For additional questions, please contact the IST HelpDesk. Office 2013 workshops are available to faculty, staff and students. To register please click here

Office 2013 32-bit is the default version available because of its compatibility with most applications; especially third-party add-ins. For comparison information, click here. You do not need the 64-bit version of Office 2013 simply because you may be using a 64-bit operating system. If you believe you require the 64-bit version of Office 2013 please contact the IST HelpDesk.

Staff members can have Office 2013 installed on their computer, but the installation must be performed by an IST technician or a HelpDesk associate. Please contact the IST HelpDesk to schedule your Office 2013 installation.

Benefits of Office 2013

  • Word 2013:
    • New Read Mode - Display your content in easy-to-read columns, and remove distracting editing tools.
    • Live layout and alignment - Live preview of your content combined with new alignment guides making it easy to resize and properly place objects along with your text.
    • PDF editing - Edit paragraphs, lists, and tables just like familiar Word documents.
    • For a full list of features visit the what's new in Word 2013 page.
  • Excel 2013:
    • Instant data analysis - Convert your data into a chart or table faster in two steps or less. More here.
    • Split a column of data based on what you type - Auto fill the remaining fields with Flash Fill Detect. More here.
    • For a full list of features visit the What's new in Excel 2013 page.
  • PowerPoint 2013:
    • Line up and space objects equally - Snap-to makes alignments a breeze. Smart Guides automatically appear when objects are near even or evenly spaced out. More here.
    • Merge Shapes - Select two or more shapes and combine them into your very own custom shape. More here.
    • For a full list of features visit the What's new in PowerPoint 2013 page.
  • OneNote 2013:
    • Send To OneNote - Clip web content, screen shot, Excel spreadsheet, and Visio diagrams to your notebook.
    • For a full list of features visit the What's new in OneNote 2013 page.
  • Outlook 2013:
  • Access 2013:
    • Custom web app - Create a browser-based database app. More here.
    • UI and Navigation - Create automatically UI elements.
    • For a full list of features visit the What's new in Access 2013 page.
  • Publisher 2013:
    • Single picture search - Search one location for pictures located on your computer, Office gallery, and the web.
    • For a full list of features visit the What's new in Publisher 2013 page.

Our training resources for Office page has more information about the new version.

Does my computer meet minimum requirements?

Compare your PC specifications to the minimum system requirements located here. The best way to check your system specifications is to use the Direct X System Diagnostic Tool. If your PC does not meet the minimum specifications, you cannot take advantage of Office 2013 at this time.

Microsoft Support Links for Office 2013

Last Updated: April 13, 2015