Show Me! Microsoft Office 2003

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Microsoft Office 2003 provides a powerful integrated suite of programs with which to create and share documents and presentations, communicate, and analyze business information. It takes advantage of the latest technologies such as XML and Microsoft SharePoint to extend desktop productivity and workspace collaboration over an intranet or the Internet. This visual book covers these changes and all other important features of the Office system in a format that is easy for new users to get working quickly and ...

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Overview

Microsoft Office 2003 provides a powerful integrated suite of programs with which to create and share documents and presentations, communicate, and analyze business information. It takes advantage of the latest technologies such as XML and Microsoft SharePoint to extend desktop productivity and workspace collaboration over an intranet or the Internet. This visual book covers these changes and all other important features of the Office system in a format that is easy for new users to get working quickly and upgrading users to learn what's different in this version. Other features of the book include a "Troubleshooting Guide" to help solve common problems, a "Project Guide" with a listing of real-world projects by feature, and a "MOS Exam Guide" with a complete listing of MOS objectives. This provides a definite advantage over the competition, since no other visual book offers this feature. Topics covered in this book are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Publisher, creating web pages with Office, sharing information within Office Docs, collaboration with Office, and InfoPath 2003.

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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.

Library Journal
Expect demand for guides on components of the newest version of Microsoft Office, as workplaces begin upgrading and PC manufacturers begin bundling. For medium and larger public libraries, the three entries in the "Top 100" series will make useful supplements for patrons who are comfortable with the basics of earlier Office versions; most of the content is not unique to v.2003. Each book contains illustrated, step-by-step tips to make tasks easier, shows advanced ideas, and demonstrates new features. Difficulty levels of each are noted, and "Did You Know?" sections add extra information. Word includes tips ranging from creating custom images for bullets to using an Outlook address on a Word-printed envelope, while Excel furnishes basic keyboard shortcuts and information on converting work sheets into lists, among other things. Office clues readers into areas like customizing menus and toolbars and converting Access forms or reports to web pages; appendixes cover keyboard shortcuts and a brief introduction to Picture Manager. For all libraries, the two updated Visual QuickStart titles are typically screenshot and step-by-step-instruction heavy; tips offer extra guidance. Outlook's introduction lists new features in each Outlook version from 1998 to 2003, an appendix explains program configuration, and the rest of the book covers common functions and tasks. Its index leaves something to be desired, e.g., there is no entry under "Viruses," although a section does discuss viruses and blocked email attachments; the text's coverage of some new 2003 features is also lacking. Not an essential purchase. Word's introduction highlights new and improved features, the text covers everything from text formatting basics to customizing Word's features, and its appendix covers menus and keyboard shortcuts; clear and recommended for beginners to intermediate users. More thorough than the QuickStart Outlook guide, How To Do provides clear explanations of why and how features work, tips and sidebars for further information, and step-by-step instructions on completing common tasks. It also discusses new features, e.g., the Research Pane; recommended for all libraries. Show Me takes a whirlwind tour of Office programs, employing common tools and features and using programs together. Task-based chapters provide a nice overview of the basics of each program; appendixes outline Office Specialist exams and contain a troubleshooting, question-based index to answers in the text. Step-by-step instructions, extensively labeled screen shots, added information tips, and See Also notes make this a useful introduction. For adventuresome beginners to advanced users, Complete Reference begins with a summary of new features, moves on to the typical explanation of the interface and of relational databases in general, and then goes through various applications. The CD holds sample files and a "quick reference" in PDF format; exercises assist in self-study. For larger libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789730077
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 9/13/2003
  • Series: Show Me Series
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Getting Started with Office 1
2 Using Shared Office Tools 27
3 Adding Art to Office Documents 55
4 Creating a Document with Word 77
5 Formating a Document with Word 99
6 Enhancing a Document with Word 127
7 Creating a Worksheet with Excel 149
8 Building a Worksheet with Excel 173
9 Designing a Worksheet with Excel 201
10 Creating a Presentation with PowerPoint 221
11 Delivering a Presentation with PowerPoint 253
12 Creating a Database with Access 277
13 Locating and Managing Data with Access 305
14 Presenting Data with Access 323
15 Communicating with Outlook 347
16 Managing Information with Outlook 387
17 Creating a Publication with Publisher 413
18 Designing a Publication with Publisher 431
19 Creating Web Pages with Office Programs 451
20 Working Together on Office Documents 471
21 Sharing Information Between Programs 487
Microsoft Office Specialist 505
Troubleshooting 513
Index 521
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