ACT! 2000 for Windows For Dummies

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For years, we?ve all been keeping track of our activities by using some version of a to-do list. Some people write down all of their tasks on pads of paper and update the list every few days; others use daily planning books; and still others write everything on self-stick notes and paste them to the desktop, wall, and computer monitor.

With ACT!, you don?t make lists. You schedule a specific task and include the task?s date, time, and regarding information, and then you assign ...

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Overview

For years, we’ve all been keeping track of our activities by using some version of a to-do list. Some people write down all of their tasks on pads of paper and update the list every few days; others use daily planning books; and still others write everything on self-stick notes and paste them to the desktop, wall, and computer monitor.

With ACT!, you don’t make lists. You schedule a specific task and include the task’s date, time, and regarding information, and then you assign the task to a specific person. Then you use ACT! to help you to keep track of all your unfinished tasks. With Act! 2000 For Windows For Dummies in hand, you'll discover how to put the power of Act! to work for you and your business.

This book is filled with information that will help you to use ACT! 2000’s many timesaving and productivity-improving features so that you can grow your business, expand your career, save time, and make more money. Whether you're an experienced Act! user or someone who is new to the software, this information-packed reference tool will guide you through the following topics and more:

  • Turning Act! into your electronic phone book
  • Creating a new database
  • Looking at Act! fields, commands, shortcuts keys, tool bars
  • Understanding various tabs: Notes/History, Activities, Sales/Opportunities, and Group
  • Entering information into a database
  • Scheduling activities; using calendars
  • Writing letters; including printing, faxing, and e-mailing
  • Working with reports and layouts
  • Managing and protecting your Act! database

Act! is a very powerful tool, on par with a top-of-the-line database or spreadsheet program. With help from Act! 2000 For Windows For Dummies, you'll be able to fine-tune Act! features to match your specific needs and use this tool to its fullest potential.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764505614
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey J. Mayer is the president of the Chicago-based SucceedingInBusiness.com, the bestselling author of Success is a Journey, and the publisher of a popular ACT! newsletter.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Getting to Know ACT! 7
Ch. 1 ACT! 2000: An Overview 9
Ch. 2 Getting Contacts into ACT! 17
Ch. 3 ACT!'s General Preferences 25
Ch. 4 The Contact Window 29
Ch. 5 Using Some Tabs 43
Ch. 6 Defining ACT! Fields 57
Pt. II Using Your Database 67
Ch. 7 Entering Information into Your Database 69
Ch. 8 Viewing Your Contacts as a List 83
Ch. 9 Adding and Removing Contacts 89
Pt. III Working with ACT! Contacts 97
Ch. 10 Finding People in ACT! 99
Ch. 11 Performing AdvancedDatabase Queries 115
Ch. 12 Grouping Your Contacts 125
Pt. IV Scheduling: A Play in Four Acts 143
Ch. 13 Scheduling Your Activities 145
Ch. 14 Scheduling Activities with SideACT! 169
Ch. 15 Using ACT!'s Calendars 177
Ch. 16 Using the Task List 189
Pt. V Using ACT! as a Sales Tool 197
Ch. 17 Creating Sales Opportunities 199
Ch. 18 Managing Your Sales Opportunities 207
Ch. 19 Creating Activity Series 217
Pt. VI Communicating with the Outside World 221
Ch. 20 Using ACT!'s Telephone Features 223
Ch. 21 Writing Letters 233
Ch. 22 Faxing from ACT! 251
Ch. 23 ACT! and E-Mail 257
Ch. 24 Working with Reports 273
Pt. VII More ACT! Features 295
Ch. 25 ACT! and the Internet 297
Ch. 26 Designing Layouts 303
Ch. 27 Customizing ACT! 315
Ch. 28 Managing and Protecting Your ACT! Database 327
Pt. VIII The Part of Tens 339
Ch. 29 At Least Ten Database Maintenance Tips 341
Ch. 30 More Than Ten Technical Resources 347
Index 351
Book Registration Information
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    A MUST-HAVE Addition For ALL ACT! 2000 Users!

    I've been using ACT! in my business for years. Each time I upgrade to the newest ACT! offering (currently ACT! 2000) the FIRST thing I do is buy Jeffrey Mayer's Dummies Book. The second thing I do is throw away the included software manual! ACT! for Dummies is written to help the common user install, customize and implement ACT! in their life. It is written by an everyday ACT! user for ACT! users. While introductory in scope, ACT! 2000 for Dummies provides the common ACT! software user with exactly what they need to make the ACT! relationship management tool work. Then, once you've gotten the basics under your belt, Mayer offers more indepth support through his free weekly newsletter, for-fee monthly publication and teleconference schedule.

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