Windows 8 FAQ

Microsoft Office

1. I cannot find Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access or Outlook?

These are NOT supplied with Windows 8 but come with Microsoft Office which you need to buy and install seperately. Windows RT comes with its own version of Microsoft Office for ARM devices.
Sometimes manufacturers will bundle Office or Works with new PCs. Alternatives include WordPerfect Office, Lotus Symphony, LibreOffice, StarOffice, AbiWord (free), Easy Office, Ability Office, Microsoft Works, and Office Starter.

There are now some online office products such, Office 365 and Google Docs.

You can download a time limited trial version of Office from Microsoft's Trial Page.

2. Does Windows Mail come with a Spell Checker?

Yes, Windows Mail has a spell checker built in. Press F7 to initiate spell checking in a new message.

3. Which versions of Office work with Windows 8?

Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 and 2013 will work on Windows 8.
Microsoft Office 2016 is now out.

4. Does Windows come with any sort of Word Processor?

Yes, Windows always provided a program called Write or Wordpad which is available via Start, Programs, Accessories, Wordpad. It doesn't have any of Word's advanced features, but ideal for short letters, documents and so on. It can open .doc, .wri, .rtf and .txt files and save as .rtf or .txt files which can be read by the majority of Word Processors available. Spell Checkers can be added via third party software such as Autospell etc.
A compatible Word Processor can be found in OpenOffice called OpenOffice Writer which can read/write Microsoft Word documents.

5. Does Windows come with any sort of Spreadsheet?

No, the nearest thing, is the Calculator which can do simple mathematical calculations for you.
A compatible Spreadsheet program can be found in OpenOffice called OpenOffice Calc which can read/write Microsoft Excel documents.

6. Does Windows come with any sort of Database?

No, but the Contacts, can be used to store details about users, such as name, address, telephone number, birthdays, children, email address and so on.
OpenOffice comes with its own database program called OpenOffice Base.

7. I have got an Office document but I cannot open or read it and I don`t have Office?

Microsoft have free office document viewer programs for Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Visio documents which are available from Microsoft.
Word documents can be opened with most other Word Processing applications including Corel's WordPerfect, LibreOffice and OpenOffice.
MDB database files can be opened with OpenOffice Base, Visual Studio 2010 or 2012 (inc Express) and MDB Browser.
MS Project files can be viewed with a trial copy of Project, Project Viewer or the new Project Libre.
OneNote file can be exported to be viewed by people without OneNote using OneNote Web Exporter.
Publisher files can be exported in other formats such as PDF, Word docs, HTML, JPEG and so on to be viewed by other users.

8. I have a been given a document written in a new or different format, how do I open it?

You need to install some extra converters which can be used to open documents in Works, Office 2007, Open Office and so on. You can download them from the Office website:

Office File Converter Pack (for older document formats)

Works 6-9 Converter Pack (for Works documents)

9. How can I tell if my installed version of Office is genuine?

Your installation of office should be installed and setup with a product key and activated. For example, in Word 2013, select the File, Account to view
whether it is activated or not. See Activate Office 2013, Activate Office 2010 or Activate Office 2007 for more information.

Office activated

10. How can I create PDF files with Microsoft Office?

In Office 2013, select File, Save As, Computer, Browse and select the file type PDF (*.pdf).
You can create PDF files from Office 2007 with the SaveAsPDF tool.

11. Where can I find FrontPage for Office?

Frontpage is now called Microsoft Expression Web Professional. It can create web sites, develop CGI scripts, encode videos and design new graphics.

12. How do I restore Office 2010 starter (or later)?

Office Starter is usually installed by the OEM builder but if you replace the hard disk or suffered some sort of system crash you can restore it by:
a) Restoring the system from a disc image or from a recovery partition.
b) Restore the system from your own backup or an image of your hard drive.
b) Restore the files in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\OEMOffice14 and run Setup.exe to reinstall Office starter.