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ClarisWorks Office For Dummies gets you up to speed quickly with ClarisWorks Office -- all the software you need to use your computer effectively at work, at school, or at home. No other software integrates all the basics in such an easy, harmonious way. Whether you use a Mac, Windows, or both, ClarisWorks Office comes through with 100 percent cross-platform coverage -- and so does this book. Text, spreadsheet, database, creative design, Web ...

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ClarisWorks Office For Dummies gets you up to speed quickly with ClarisWorks Office -- all the software you need to use your computer effectively at work, at school, or at home. No other software integrates all the basics in such an easy, harmonious way. Whether you use a Mac, Windows, or both, ClarisWorks Office comes through with 100 percent cross-platform coverage -- and so does this book. Text, spreadsheet, database, creative design, Web publishing -- this book's got it covered!

Inside, find helpful advice on how to

  • Create impressive-looking documents with word processing software
  • Build a spreadsheet to track and chart your finances or schedules
  • Create a database to keep records of your clients, customers, students, or stock
  • Merge names from your database into a letter -- then add a chart for flair
  • Combine collected information into slide-show presentations
  • Start your presence on the Web
  • Discover ClarisWorks assistants that practically create your documents for you
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764501135
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/3/1997
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You're Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: What ClarisWorks Does
Part II: Working with Text: The Keys to Success
Part III: Working with Graphics: Get the Picture?
Part IV: Working with Numbers: It All Adds Up!
Part V: Working with Files: Smoothing Out the Rough Edges
Part VI: Working with the World: Reaching Out and Touching Someone
Part VII: The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Part I: What ClarisWorks Does

Chapter 1: A Quick Overview of ClarisWorks Office

Basic ClarisWorks Functions
Word processing (Typing)
Spreadsheets (Calculating and more)
Databases (Data filing and maintenance)
Bringing these things together (Integration)
Other ClarisWorks Features (Neat Helpful Stuff)
Document passwords -- security for all
The Equation Editor
ClarisWorks Bundle Additions
Internet connectivity
Claris Home Page Lite

Chapter 2: How ClarisWorks Works

Starting ClarisWorks
Creating a New Document
Choosing your primary environment
Opening Existing Documents
Launching while you open
Opening a document from within ClarisWorks
Getting to Know the ClarisWorks Interface
View controls
Other window controls
Button, button, we've got the button
Frame tools
Arrow pointer -- the left-pointing arrow
Text tool -- the letter A
Spreadsheet tool -- fat plus sign
Paint tool -- the thin paintbrush
Draw tools
Paint tools
Pen and fill palettes
Menu Tricks
Magical morphing menus
Menu constants
The File menu
The Edit menu
The Window menu
Page Setup or Print Setup
Saving Your Work
Where to save?
Save versus Save As
Saving in other file formats
Saving as stationery
Printing Documents
Select your target printer
How many, please?
Document Passwords -- Security for All
Closing the Program

Chapter 3: Help: It's Not Just a Beatles Movie Anymore

Helping You Use ClarisWorks
Using ClarisWorks help
Mac help
Windows help
Help tips for all
Help, help on the Web
Doing It for You
Using ClarisWorks stationery
JIAN BusinessBasics
Using ClarisWorks Assistants
Using Help menu Assistants
Part II: Working with Text: The Keys to Success

Chapter 4: The Word Processor: It's Not Your Father's Smith-Corona

When to Use Word-Processing Documents
Entering Text
The insertion point
The keyboard
Text wrap
Navigating the Seas of Text
For the mousy type
Keyboard kicks
Selecting, Deleting, and Replacing Text
Mouse selection
Keyboard selection riffs
Undoing, Cutting, Copying, and Pasting
Staying Out of Word Processor Hell (Spaces, Tabs, and Returns)
Don't get spacey
The rule of tabs
The rule of returns
Higher Math -- the Equation Editor

Chapter 5: Fun with Text Formatting

Text Preferences
Formatting Letters and Words
Bold, italic, and underline
Text size
Changing fonts
Changing font colors
Using styles
Formatting Sentences and Paragraphs
Using the text ruler
Aligning text
To indent the first line
To indent the whole paragraph right or left
Tab stops
The four types of tab stops
Setting tab stops
Filled tabs
Hanging indents
Invisible men and other characters
Line spacing
Space between paragraphs
Applying a ruler
Paragraph styles
Formatting Pages and Documents
Page breaks
Page numbers and other placeholders
Headers and footers
Facing pages
To change columns with the mouse
To change columns with the Columns dialog box
Paper size and orientation

Chapter 6: The Text Tools -- Editor in a Drum

The Spell Checker -- One Reason to Use a Word Processor
Find and Go Change
Finding text
Changing text
Counting Your Words
Finding Synonyms

Chapter 7: Adding Tables, Charts, and Pictures

Adding Images (Charts and Graphs, too)
Popping in a picture
Aligning with the baseline
Wrapping text
Changing behaviors (of the graphic, not yourself)
Creating Tables
Tables with a click or an Assistant
The Make Table button
The Make Table Assistant
Tables from scratch
Entering Data into Your Table
Formatting a Table
Changing column width and row height
Hiding and showing column and row headings
Positioning your table
Quick and Dirty Chartmaking

Chapter 8: Outlining -- You Gotta Start Somewhere

Setting Up an Outline
Rearranging Outline Topics
Collapsing and Expanding Outlines
Outline Formats and Custom Outline Styles
Built-in formats and labels
Custom labels
Custom outline styles
Part III: Working with Graphics: Get the Picture?

Chapter 9: Drawing versus Painting

When to Draw
When to Paint
Advantages and Disadvantages
The Best of Both Worlds

Chapter 10: Painting -- by the Numbers

Painting Pointers
Shaping Your World
Borders, Lines, and Fills
Line options
Editing patterns, gradients, and textures
Changing colors and filling in empty spaces
Paint Mode
Painting Freehand
Selecting Areas
Erasing and Deleting
Hot Rod Your Tools
Modifier keys
Option(Mac)/Alt (Windows)
Command (Command key)/Ctrl
Dialog boxes

Chapter 11: Special Effects with Paint

Warping Your Graphics
Putting it in perspective
Rotating and Flipping
Rotating via a dialog box
Free rotating
Color Tricks and More
The commands
One last word about paint effects...

Chapter 12: Draw, Pardner!

Setting Up Your Draw Document
Drawing Tools
Selecting and Deleting
Setting Up Lines and Fills
Styles for Draw Objects
Resizing, Reshaping, and Rotating
Resizing with a palette
Reshaping freehand objects
Reshaping round rectangles and arcs
Setting Drawing Preferences
Using Text Boxes and Other Frames
Moving, Aligning, and Grouping
Inserting Graphics
Pasting and Inserting
Using ClarisWorks Libraries

Chapter 13: The Lowdown on Page Layout

Page Layout Basics: The Envelope Template
Adding Pages to Your Draw Document
Text and Graphics Rulers
Linked Frames
Linking text frames
Wrapping text in a draw document
Linking spreadsheet and paint frames
Opening frames
Headers, Footers, and Page Numbers

Chapter 14: Presenting Presentations

Laying Out a Presentation
Editing Master Pages
Adding Movies
Controlling the Show
Using the Slide Show dialog box
Order and visibility
Slide options
QuickTime options
Moving through the slide show
Part IV: Working with Numbers: It All Adds Up!

Chapter 15: Spreadsheets 101

Deciding When to Use a Spreadsheet
Working with Cells, Rows, and Columns
Selecting a single cell
Selecting a range of cells
Selecting columns and rows
Selecting the whole spreadsheet
Entering Data
Setting Preferences
Moving Data
Filling Cells
Fill Down and Fill Right
Fill Special

Chapter 16: Formatting Spreadsheets

Formatting Numbers
Number formats
Date formats
Time formats
Formatting Cells
Text styles
Default font
Text wrap
Cell color
Spreadsheet styles
Inserting and Resizing Rows and Columns
Resizing with the mouse
Resizing with buttons
Resizing with the dialog box
Adding Borders, Gridlines, and Headings
Headings and other display settings
Using Titles, Page Breaks, and Print Ranges
Locking titles
Page breaks and new pages
Print range

Chapter 17: Charting -- Pictures from Numbers

Getting to Know the Types of Charts
Making a Chart
Modifying a Chart
Chart type and variations
Other chart options
Changing colors and line width
Updating the chart with new numbers
Adding your own picture to a pictogram chart
Resizing, Moving, and Deleting Charts
Making Charts in Other Document Types

Chapter 18: Making It All Add Up with Formulas and Functions

The AutoSum Shortcut -- First and Finest
Entering Formulas
Math operations
Entering cell references
Naming your cells
Editing cell names
Using Functions
Relative versus Absolute References
Part V: Working with Files: Smoothing Out the Rough Edges

Chapter 19: Your Rolodex Revisited -- Database Basics

Deciding When to Use a Database
Database Records
Database Fields
Browse, Find, and Layout Modes
Entering Data
Adding a new record
Deleting records
Filling in text fields
Using multimedia fields
Navigating through a database
Importing data from other databases
Button sorts
Saved sorts
Old sorts
Find mode
Narrow your search
Broaden your search with multiple requests
Save your search
Match records
Searching Shortcuts

Chapter 20: Designing a Database

Planning It Out
Defining Fields
Mastering Basic Field Types
Text fields
Number fields
Date fields
Time fields
Name fields
Serial number fields
Record info fields
Multimedia fields
Setting Options for Fields
Mastering Special Field Types
Pop-up menu and radio button fields
Value list fields
Check box fields
Laying Out the Database
Adding Summary Reports for Printing
Adding a grand summary part
Adding a sub-summary part
Understanding header and footer parts

Chapter 21: Printing a Database

Adding Layouts for Printing
Printing Labels
Using standard Avery label layouts
Customizing label layouts
Closing Up Space When You Print
Using Reports

Chapter 22: Mail Merge -- It's One Cool Trick

What Is a Mail Merge and What Can It Do for Me?
Creating a Merge Document
Selecting Records to Print
Merging the Data
Printing Merged Documents
Part VI: Working with the World: Reaching Out and Touching Someone

Chapter 23: Connecting to the World the ClarisWorks Way

First Things First -- Getting Internet Access
One-Click Web
Launching your browser
Visiting a Web site
Launching Your E-Mail Application
Customizing Your Button Bar for the Web
Netscape Navigator
Getting to your first site
Where do you go from here?
Returning to a site
Unearthing the Communications Package

Chapter 24: Publishing for the World Wide Web

The Secret Life of a Web Page
Creating Web Pages with ClarisWorks
Adding elements
Font attributes
Bulleted or numbered lists
QuickTime videos -- movies
Other page elements
Adding a background
Creating links
Linking to a URL
Using the links palette to create links
Testing a link
Editing a link
Saving your document as a Web page
Creating Web Pages with Claris Home Page Lite
Telling your story with text
Paragraph styles
Saying it with pictures
Editing graphics
Alternate labels
Interlacing and transparency
Graphics as links
Alignment and borders
Background colors and images
Saving your Claris Home Page Web page
Part VII: The Part of Tens

Chapter 25: Ten Real-Life Uses for ClarisWorks

Make Magic
Write Screenplays
Run a Raffle
Manage a Project
Run Sports Teams
Run a Graphics Design Business
Create Fundraising Calendars and Materials
Do Public Relations
Publish a Book

Chapter 26: Ten Ways ClarisWorks Tries to Drive You Crazy, and How to Stay Sane

Arrgh! What Happened to the Menus?
Where Did My Button Go!?
Some Other Darned Program Won't Leave Me Alone!
What Are All These *&%#$! Symbols in My Text?
My Whole Line's Formatting Changed
My Printer Keeps Printing a Blank Page
My Text Won't Line Up
My Letters Are All Squished Together
My Two-Page Spreadsheet Prints on 20 Pages
My Fields Won't Slide on Mailing Labels
Appendix: Buttoning Up
Editing Button Bars
Creating New Buttons
Creating an Icon


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