When Microsoft Word 2013 refuses to spell check it’s usually because it’s been disabled for the selected language in the particular document.

Some templates have this option enabled by design to hide the red or green underlines for words that aren’t in the default dictionary. This can result in spelling and grammar mistakes being released in the final document.

How to enable spell checking for all new documents

If you’ve found that all new documents have the spell check disabled, you can use these steps to enable the spell check by default.

  1. With Microsoft Word open, select the ‘FILE’ menu then select ‘Options’
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  3. Select ‘Proofing’ from the left hand menu
  4. Under ‘Exceptions for’ select ‘All New Documents’
  5. Ensure that both options are not enabled
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Since Office 2007, Word has offered the two ways to compare two Word documents for differences.

This is useful if you’ve found a Word document you’re working on has been changed without using track changes.

View Side by Side

‘View Side by Side’ can be found in the ‘VIEW’ ribbon.


When you have two documents open you can click on it to view each document side by side. The scroll bars will be syncronised between each document, allowing you to scroll though to manually compare the differences.



The ‘Compare’ tool can be found in the ‘REVIEW’ ribbon.

Choose the ‘Compare’ option


Then in the next window select the original and the revised document. Enter a useful name such as “changes” under ‘label changes with’ to help you identify the changes. Click ‘OK’ to begin the process.


A new document will open, which will contain your original document and the revised content. Use the track changes tool to work through the changes, accepting to denying the changes.


If you have made changes to the content, save the document as a new version of the document or copy and paste the content back to the original document.

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Unlike previous versions of Microsoft Word, the on screen page ruler is not enabled by default.

To enable it you need to open the ‘VIEW’ menu in the ribbon and in the ‘Show’ group tick ‘Ruler’

Once enabled the ruler will be displayed for all documents at the top and left of the document.

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If you see the following message when opening a Word document it means the document has been linked to another document, most likely a spreadsheet.

“This document contains links that may refer to other files. Do you want to update this document with the data from the linked files?”



The steps below show how to disable the message – it will leave the link between the two documents, but will no longer prompt.

  1. Open Word, click on the ‘FILE’ menu then click on ‘Options’
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  3. In the left hand menu, click on ‘Advanced’
  4. Scroll down to the ‘General’ section
  5. Un-tick ‘Update automatic links at open’
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  7. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes.


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The following steps show how to recover an unsaved document in Word 2013.

  1. Open Word 2013
  2. At the bottom left of the screen click on ‘Open Other Documents’ (TIP: If you don’t see this screen, click ‘FILE’ -> ‘Open’)
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  4. Scroll to the bottom of the ‘Recent Documents’ list and click on the ‘Recover Unsaved Documents’ button.
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  6. A window will open showing all the unsaved documents for the currently logged on user.
  7. Select the unsaved document you require – refer to the ‘Date modified’ to know when the document was last being used.
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  9. Click ‘Open’ and save the recovered document somewhere safe!
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The steps below show how to link a Word document with an Excel spreadsheet. This allows the data in the Excel spreadsheet to be updated outside of the Word document, while keeping the latest data available to the Word document.

For this example we’ll use two files –

  • Doc1 – the Word document
  • Book1 – the Excel document
  1. In Windows Explorer, open the folder that contains the spreadsheet and right-click on it and select ‘Copy’
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  3. Open the Word document, select the place where you want to embed the spreadsheet
  4. On the ‘HOME’ ribbon, click on the arrow below ‘Paste’ and click on ‘Past Special’
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  6. Click on‘Past link’, select ‘Microsoft Excel’ from the list and click ‘OK’
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  8. The Excel spreadsheet is now embedded into the Word document.
  9. You can update the Excel spreadsheet from Word by double clicking on the table – this will open a new Excel window.
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  11. When the Word document is opened you will see a prompt that reads:
  12. “This document contains links that may refer to other files. Do you want to update this document with the data from the linked files?”
  13. Clicking yes will load the latest data from the spreadsheet.
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Using Word 2013, a paragraph is breaking onto a new page automatically rather than splitting across two pages.

This is happening despite the page margin being large enough to allow at least the first part of the paragraph to appear on the first page.



This usually occurs when the ‘Keep lines together’ setting has been applied to the paragraph.

To fix this you need to check the paragraph settings – I suggest you select all the text to set the same setting for all text in your document.

  1. Either click into the paragraph that isn’t behaving as expected or select all using Ctrl + on the keyboard
  2. Right click and select ‘Paragraph’
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  4. Ensure that ‘Keep lines together’ is no ticked.
  5. I also suggest that you make sure ‘Window/Orphan control’ is ticked – this should be ticked by default.
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  7. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes.
  8. The paragraph should now be breaking over two pages.
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To disable the Reading View.

  1. With Word 2013 open
  2. Go to File -> Options -> General
  3. Uncheck Open E-Mail attachments and other un-editable files in reading view

To disable Protected Mode.

  1. With Word 2013 open
  2. Go to File -> Options -> Trust Center -> Trust Center Settings
  3. Select Protected View, then clear all the checkboxes


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When clicking on web links in Outlook messages or Word documents you see the following message

This operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.




This issue appears to be isolated to Windows 7 and occurs after uninstalling a third party browser such as Google Chrome.

The issue appears to be that the uninstall process has not correctly assigned Internet Explorer as the default link handler.

There are numerous solutions reported here, however in my experience this is the most reliable solution.

Copy the following command lines into a new text file, and save as a cmd file (for example solution.cmd).

REG ADD HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes.htm /ve /d htmlfile /f
REG ADD HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes.html /ve /d htmlfile /f
REG ADD HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes.shtml /ve /d htmlfile /f
REG ADD HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes.xht /ve /d htmlfile /f
REG ADD HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes.xhtml /ve /d htmlfile /f

Or you can download and run the file from here: outlook-word-2013-unabletoopenlinks-solution.cmd

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Unlike previous versions of Word, Word 2013 doesn’t provide a menu option for changing the case of any select text – for example changing from ALL CAPS to lower-case.

Instead you need to select the text and use Shift F3 on your keyboard to cycle through title case, upper case (CAPS) and lower-case.


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