Word 2013 logo www.oostdam.info/index.php/faqThis is an article about a feature in Word 2013 that I want to share with you all. Previously, I published a number of other Office related articles on serveral subjects in the Dutch language, but I expect that this information will be read by system administrators all over the world so,.. English it is this time. It may not be a secret that I like this new Office version a lot. I'm an early addapter of Windows 8 and I installed the Office Preview version on it. It has been adjusted for the conviniance of use on a tablet, although the tablet mode isn't very common yet. This article wants to help you getting familar with a new feature of Word that lets you get rid of all the PDF Readers that you normally install on an end-users device. You name it, and you can de-install them the moment that you install Word 2013.

The PDF file: background and association.
Whenever you receive a PDF file in your mail, browse your skydrive or computer, and want to open a PDF file, Windows 8 will open it in the default pdf reader that came with the operating system. Word 2013 Throw away your pdf applications ww.oostdam.info/index.php/faq picture1Sure, you can download AdobeReader, Foxit, or some other 3rd party reader if you are experiencing difficulties to adjust to, and work with (newer)other product. I know, direct printing will not work from the W8 reader with "Ctrl+P", but you must press the "Win-Key+C" and choose "Devices" for that in the reader. But here comes the real benefit of using Word 2013 for reading and opening PDF files. The opening/reading speed isn't an issue anymore. Office 2013 on Windows 8 has a much better performance and you will hardly notice any delay at all. Often, (and believe me, there are a lot of them) people use special converters to modify and/or copy(parts) of existing PDF files (text/tables/graphics) to another program for their own benefits, profits and needs. Those days are over now and the companies that produced these tools will soon be out of business when people get their hands on Word 2013. When setting your Word 2013 application as default file opener for PDF files, all the different layers that combined are forming the PDF, are broken open on access, and you edit/ modify text in it and save it afterwards in any format that you would like. But before we are getting there, we first have to associate the pdf extension with our Word 2013 application. We do that with a right mouse click/touch on the pdf file itself. Select "Open with" and after that the option below called "Choose default program".  A dialog box will open and now you can choose for Word 2013 as default pdf reader. Just click that, the association is made and Word 2013 will open your pdf document.

How to modify your pdf file in word 2013:
Now we have opened the file in Word 2013, you will see that the default "Protected View" has been activated, as Word 2013 probably does not have set your opening file location as a trusted file location yet, and since office 2010 it opens then any unknown document in "Protected View".

This is done by default, in order to protect your system from opening (virus/internet) injected pdf files that are really popular nowadays.  It is so simple and easy,.... Just click the button to enable editing, and click/modify along whatever you like! In the picture I took my own Microsoft Transcript as an example and it works perfectly!

You are now able to really add/delete/modify/edit all text, lines, tables, lists, re-sizing pictures, watermarks, highlights, margins, really everything that you want!  And thats great!

No more extra programs, Office 2013 does it all. Bookmarks, chapters, pages,.. everything is there, waiting for you to modify it if you want to. You can always leave it in reading format if you want that. Save it in a format that you like, even the very legacy office 2003 format is still available, 10 years later. 

Have fun, working with Word 2013 !

Ben OostdamBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior Support Engineer and a (Freelance) Trainer, for a large company in the Netherlands, specialized in System Center Solutions.

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