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Microsoft Office XP has arrived, full of brand-spankin'-new task panes, wizards, Smart Tags, XML support, collaboration features, and other goodies. If you're a power user -- the person everyone else comes to when they're confused -- you'll be answering a lot of questions. No doubt, you'll have your own, too. Here's where to find the answers: Microsoft Office XP Inside Out.
Microsoft's all-new, 1,580-page book covers every program in nearly every version of Office XP: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, FrontPage, Access, even Publisher. The basics are here, but in the authors' words, they're "taught as they would be in a graduate seminar rather than in a freshman 101 course -- quickly and concisely." The heart of the book is intermediate-to-advanced coverage for folks who've been around the block with Office.
For Excel, "advanced coverage" means (among other things) in-depth coverage of organizing data with lists, filters, and pivot tables; managing shared workbooks; and a chapter on advanced business analysis with Goal Seek, the Solver, and the Scenario Manager. For Word, it means in-depth coverage of the completely revamped mail merge feature, and a full chapter on managing document review across workbooks. For Outlook, it means how to juggle email accounts, handle junk mail, organize meetings, and import contacts from your new SharePoint team web site. (Speaking of SharePoint, there's a full chapter on these new workgroup collaboration tools, too.)
Been intending to get serious about writing macros? Now's the time. Four chapters carry you through all the techniques most macro writers will ever need: variables, operators, functions, control structures, message boxes, and dialog boxes.
The accompanying CD-ROM contains the whole book in electronic format, four bonus chapters from other Office XP "Inside Out" books, plus several cool Office XP add-ins. Our favorites: the Web Template Maker, which lets you copy any open web site as a reusable template; and the MSN Money Central stock quotes add-in, which lets you embed automatically updated stock quotes in any Excel worksheet. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.