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This book makes Microsoft Office System 2003 truly simple. Plus, it’s a bargain -- with a whole lot more useful content than many other books in (or near) its price range.
Show Me! Microsoft Office 2003 is part of a brand-new series of highly visual, step-by-step books that focus on your most important tasks, taking a “show, not tell” approach: short, to-the-point directions, hundreds of screen shots. Nearly every page contains a “Did You Know” tip that’s actually useful.
For an even more visual experience, this book’s purchasers can download exclusive software from a companion web site: digital video and audio walkthroughs of every task in the book. (Watch it, then do it yourself. Super for beginners -- and for folks who are upgrading from an older version of Office, such as 97 or 2000.)
The book’s task-focused Show Me! approach draws on the expertise of Perspection, Inc., which has been teaching computers and developing courseware since 1991. (They’ve previously created series for several of the world’s leading computer publishers, from Microsoft Press to Sybex.)
You’ll start with a look at features and techniques that are common to most or all Office programs, including Office 2003’s proliferating number of task panes; the heavily updated (and Web-enabled) help system; Office Updates on the Web; and Office’s increasingly robust self-repair features (you may never have to deinstall/reinstall Office again.) Even here, there are a few handy tips that may surprise even experienced users. For example, if you press and hold Shift while you’re choosing the File menu, you’ll get an additional Save All option that lets you save all your open files at once.)
There’s a full chapter on Office 2003’s shared Office Tools -- goodies like the new Microsoft Office Picture Manager, Microsoft’s handy new image tweaking tool. Then, it’s on to creating Word documents (including everything from margins and outlines to spell-checking, and Word 2003’s pleasing new Reading Layout view -- great for when you’re primarily reading, not editing. There’s a full chapter on formatting your documents; then another on more advanced techniques for enhancing them.
You’ll walk through setting up, designing, and effectively constructing new worksheets and workbooks with Excel; then master the basics of PowerPoint presentations and slide shows. Show Me! Microsoft Office 2003 contains a two-chapter introduction to Microsoft Access 2003 databases, plus practical techniques for using Outlook as a communications, scheduling, and information management tool.
Want to publish information on the Web? Several Office programs now contain tools to help you; this book shows how to use them. There’s also a full chapter on using Office 2003 to collaborate with your colleagues.
Unlike some basic Office 2003 books, this one contains chapter-length introductions to both of Office’s newest programs: OneNote for casual note taking and InfoPath for working with XML. Another neat feature we haven’t seen in competitive books: guidance for preparing for the latest Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams.
For fast answers on Office 2003, the solution is simple: Show Me! Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.