Top Margin Missing | WORD 2013

Every time I opened my WORD 2013 blank document, the top margin was missing:


Annoying, but was simple to fix.

If you’re reading the document in Print Layout view and all of the pages appear to be cut off, with no top or bottom margin, the option for hiding white space between pages has been turned on. You can restore them by pointing and clicking in the document.

1. When top and bottom margins are not showing, point to the top or bottom of a page until the pointer becomes a double-pointed arrow, and then double click.


Additionally, you can double check the WORD Options:

1. Click on File (in an open WORD 2013 document)

2. Click on Options

3. Click on Display > Select Show white space between pages in Print Layout view



Much better!

Office 2013 QuickStart Guides

MS-Office-2013If you have upgraded to Office 2013 or will be doing so soon, I found some handy QuickStart Guides to get you up to speed on the new features.

You can view, print or download the guides from our OneDrive folder by clicking on the links provided below:


Outlook 2013:

Click to access redir

WORD 2013:

Click to access redir

EXEL 2013:

Click to access redir

OneNote 2013:

Click to access redir


How To Update Office 2013

Updates to Office 2013 should occur automatically. If you want to check whether your Office 2013 is up-to-date, you can do this via:
File-> Office Account-> Update Options

Double click on Update Options and then click on Update Now.


The most recent Click-to-Run release is version 15.0.4615.1001 and my Office 2013 needed that update. Does yours?



Change Office 2XXX or Outlook 2XXX License Key

Seems when I went to activate the license key for Office 2013 on a brand new system, I was getting an error message. Try again later. Which I know to mean, it isn’t going to activate automatically over the internet.

So the first thing I wanted to check was whether I typed the key in correctly. Typing isn’t really my strong suit. I found the following:

Changing the Product Key for Office 2010 or Office 2013 doesn’t require a trip to the Registry and can be done directly from the Control Panel or via a command line.

To change it via Control Panel, open the “Add/Remove Programs” applet (Windows XP) or the “Uninstall a Program” applet (Windows Vista or Windows 7). Locate your Office 2010/2013 application and press Change. Setup will now start with the option “Enter a Product Key” which allows you to enter a different product key.

You can also change the Product Key via the OSPP.VBS script. Instead of using the /dstatus switch, you must use the /inpkey:value switch where you should replace value for your Product Key. Here’s the VBS script for Office 2013 running on Windows 7 64 bit: cscript “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS” /dstatus

Unfortunately, the product key is correct, so my two options are to call DELL and ask why I have an invalid key..

Skydrive Pro Standalone App

It’s nice to see that we finally get the standalone application for Skydrive Pro. Which means you don’t necessarily have to have Office 2013, but you do need:

  • Office 365 Pro Plus
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium
  • Office Professional Plus 2013

Once installed, simply click SYNC in the top right corner of your SkyDrive Pro library, SharePoint 2013 or Office 365 team site document library and you’ll be on your way to keep your files in sync across your machines. Happy syncing with SkyDrive Pro–cloud storage for employees!

Office 2013 Upgrade Now Available

The next version of Office is now available for those of you who bought Office 2010 and are looking for your Upgrade Guarantee.

Download Office

Click on Redeem now and fill out Country, Product Key, Accept and Verify:


You are ready to download?? And therein lies the rub… there is a catch, sure there is. You need to sign up for Office 365 for 3 months, whether you want that or not. So no, you don’t just get the stand-alone application.

Choose your Office

You have to Sign In to a Microsoft account to continue, so I used an old hotmail account and clicked on Select.

I selected my Country and Language and had no choice but to agree to additional marketing from Microsoft: Microsoft Office will be contacting you with surveys, promotions, tips and advice for using our products and services. You can unsubscribe at any time. For more information on our communications options, please see our Privacy and Cookies Notice.

And finally, the INSTALL.

Install Office 365

It dropped a 585kb “Click To Run” exe and that’s all you get. I’m sure once you click on the Setup.exe, it will install Office 2013, but I am waiting to implement Office 2013 with Windows 8.

UPDATE! I found where you can download the software. It is under your account settings under frequently asked questions.

Install from a Disc

That appears to be a continuous loop and you can only order a disc for $15.11. Ok, that’s enough nonsense for me this morning.

UPDATE: I have gone back to the account and am now able to download the *.img file.

Office 2013 Upgrade Guarantee Program

Microsoft typically offers its Office customers an upgrade guarantee program, allowing them to buy the current version of a product with a free or discounted upgrade to the next one being part of the package.

And when I went looking, sure enough, on the Office website you can “Buy Office now, get the next version free”

You know how we like FREE!

I already purchased Office 2010 and didn’t need to buy it. So how do we enroll for the next version free?!

Here is how to enroll in the program.

1. Buy and activate Office today
Purchase, install, and activate a qualifying Office product during the offer eligibility dates.*
2. Sign up for an email reminder
Provide your email address to be notified when you can redeem your offer.
3. Download the new Office, when available
After you receive your email notification, return to this website,, to download the new Office.

I ran Office 2013 in a virtual environment whilst testing Window 8.

Office 2013 Released for Your Review

Microsoft unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.

Whoa, wait a minute. They want me to sign up for Office 365 first. Well, I already have that, on two different accounts.

Found the standalone MSI-based installation package. (Please note the traditional installation does not support fast streaming or side-by-side operation with older versions of Office, and you will need to uninstall existing Office programs on your PC)

You will need to sign in with your Windows LIVE ID and fill out an online form in order to download it.

Download the MSI-based package here