Sams Teach Yourself Office XP in 24 Hours


Microsoft Office is the most popular application suite in the industry. Knowing how to get around and get work done in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint are essential prerequisites in just about any organization today.

Most users only scratch the surface of the Office applications -- they only want to quickly learn the most common, most important tasks for each of the suite's main applications.

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Microsoft Office is the most popular application suite in the industry. Knowing how to get around and get work done in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint are essential prerequisites in just about any organization today.

Most users only scratch the surface of the Office applications -- they only want to quickly learn the most common, most important tasks for each of the suite's main applications.

Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Office XP in 24 Hours is designed precisely for this beginning-level user -- somebody who doesn't want to become an Office expert but just wants to get productive as quickly and as smoothly as possible.

Written by an expert in the field who is familiar with what actual users need to know about Office, the book details the best tools, shortcuts, and ways to accomplish the most common tasks in Office, and avoids the little-used features.

The reader can work his way through the entire book at his own pace, or dip into specific lessons or tasks that solve an immediate question or problem.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672325083
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 10/15/2002
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 429
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Perry is an expert consultant in most desktop applications, and he teaches all user levels, from beginners to expert programmers. He has taught Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to businesses since the very first versions of thos applications, and he is the author or co-author of more than 50 books from Sams and other publishers on applications, operating systems, and programming topics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I Working with Office XP 5
Hour 1 Getting Acquainted with Office XP 7
What's in Office XP? 8
The Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar 16
Euro Support 17
Summary 18
Q&A 18
Hour 2 Preparing for Introducing Office XP's Powerful Features 21
The Office Assistant 22
Type Your Question 26
The Office XP Self-Repair Feature 26
Installing On Demand 27
Parla Italian or Habla Spanish? 27
Even Simpler: Just Say It 29
Using Office to Share Information with Others 29
Making Office Easier to Use 31
Get Ready for the Internet and Office 32
Summary 34
Q&A 34
Part II Processing with Word 2002 37
Hour 3 Welcome to Word 2002 39
Beginning Words About Word 39
Documents and Disks 42
Entering and Editing Text 44
Correcting Mistakes 55
Initial Spelling and Grammar Correction 55
Summary 56
Q&A 56
Hour 4 Formatting with Word 2002 57
Simple Character Formatting 58
Inserting Numbers and Bullets 61
Paragraph Formatting 63
Formatting with Styles 70
Format Painter 70
Preview for Printing 71
Controlling View Size 72
A Word About Word's Wizards 73
Word Themes 73
Summary 75
Q&A 75
Hour 5 Managing Documents and Customizing Word 2002 77
Understanding Document Properties 78
Using Word's Advanced Proofreaders 79
Simple Translation 87
Customizing Word to Work for You 87
Summary 89
Q&A 89
Hour 6 Advanced Word 2002 91
Using Special Characters 92
Inserting Dates and Page Numbers 93
Inserting Pictures, Video Clips, and Sounds 94
Inserting Scanned and Digital Camera Images 95
Creating and Using AutoText Entries 95
Adding Tables to Your Documents 97
Creating Multiple Columns 100
Creating Headers and Footers 102
Adding Footnotes and Endnotes 103
Summary 104
Q&A 105
Part III Computing with Excel 2002 107
Hour 7 Excel 2002 Workbooks 109
Starting Excel 109
Understanding Worksheets and Workbooks 110
Entering Worksheet Data 112
Navigating in Excel 118
A Quick Practice 118
Summary 123
Q&A 124
Hour 8 Restructuring and Editing Excel 2002 Worksheets 125
Worksheet Editing 126
Inserting and Deleting 127
Working with Worksheet Ranges 129
Using Formulas 132
Recalculating Worksheets 137
Working with Functions 138
Introduction to Worksheet Formatting 143
Making Format Changes 146
Summary 147
Q&A 147
Hour 9 Using Excel 2002 147
Spell Checking 148
Reviewing Cut, Copy, and Paste in Excel 150
Clearing Data 151
Speed Data Entry 153
Smarter Fills with AutoFill 154
Design Your Own Fills 156
A Word About Printing 158
Adding Comments 158
Summary 159
Q&A 160
Hour 10 Formatting Worksheets to Look Great 161
AutoFormatting Worksheets 162
Modifying Styles 163
Additional Formatting Options 164
Conditional Formatting 168
Tab Colors Help Separate Worksheets 169
Summary 169
Q&A 169
Hour 11 Charting with Excel 2002 171
Creating Custom Graphs 172
A Quick Chart 176
Making Your Chart Fancy 177
Summary 180
Q&A 180
Part IV Presenting with Flair 181
Hour 12 PowerPoint 2002 Presentations 183
Presenting PowerPoint 183
Understanding Presentations and Slides 184
Creating a New Presentation 185
Summary 192
Q&A 192
Hour 13 Editing and Arranging Your Presentations 195
Getting Acquainted with PowerPoint's Views 196
Using the Outline 198
Working on the Slide 199
Saving and Printing Your Work 204
Summary 205
Q&A 206
Hour 14 PowerPoint 2002 Advanced Features 207
Changing Your Entire Presentation's Design 208
Changing a Single Slide's Design 209
Editing Individual Slides 210
Adding Art 216
Summary 218
Q&A 218
Hour 15 Animating Your Presentations 219
Using PowerPoint's Slide Show 220
Voice Narration 224
Using Action Buttons 225
Introducing Animation Schemes 227
Customizing Your Own Animation 229
Summary 231
Q&A 232
Part V Organizing with Outlook 2002 233
Hour 16 Communicating with Outlook 2002 235
An Outlook Overview 236
Outlook and Outlook Express 236
The Outlook Screen 236
View Non-Outlook Data 239
Mastering Outlook Mail 240
Keeping Contacts 245
Summary 249
Q&A 250
Hour 17 Planning and Scheduling with Outlook 2002 251
Using the Calendar in Outlook 252
Writing Yourself Notes 262
Keeping a Journal 262
Smart Tags 264
Summary 266
Q&A 266
Part VI Tracking with Access 2002 267
Hour 18 Access 2002 Basics 269
Database Basics 270
Looking at Access 275
Creating a Database 276
Using Wizards to Create Databases 284
Summary 285
Q&A 286
Hour 19 Entering and Displaying Access 2002 Data 287
Entering Table Data 288
Summary 298
Q&A 298
Hour 20 Retrieving Your Data 301
Using Data Filters 302
Using Queries 305
Summary 314
Q&A 314
Hour 21 Reporting with Access 2002 317
Introducing Access Reports 318
Summary 328
Q&A 328
Part VII Combining the Office XP Products and the Internet 329
Hour 22 Sharing Information Between Programs 331
Sharing Data Between Applications 332
Outlook Letters 339
Enhancing Your Office Documents 340
Summary 343
Q&A 344
Hour 23 Office XP and the Internet 345
A Brief Internet Primer 346
Introducing the Web 346
Using Internet Explorer 347
How Office Products Combine with the Web 355
Keeping Current 357
Summary 360
Q&A 361
Hour 24 Creating Web Pages with Office XP 363
Preparing to Publish Web Pages 364
Office and the Web 365
Summary 374
Q&A 374
Glossary 375
Index 385
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