Small Business Microsoft Office 97 for Dummies


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Here's a book with everything you need to know about using Microsoft Office 97 for your own small business! Small Business Microsoft Office 97 For Dummies is geared toward the entrepreneur or small business owner who has wisely invested in Microsoft's all-in-one Office 97. With Small Business Microsoft Office 97 For Dummies, you'll be able to organize your office and increase productivity, create your own professional-looking marketing and sales materials, and take advantage of the latest advances in online communications, from e-mail to networking.

Microsoft offers Office 97 in two versions: the Professional Edition and the Small Business Edition. With Small Business Microsoft Office 97 For Dummies in hand, you'll quickly get up to speed on the robust, full-featured business tools integrated into both versions of Office 97. Small Business Microsoft Office 97 For Dummies is full of time-saving tips -- from automating simple (but annoying) tasks and building custom templates for your common projects to advanced techniques for creating PowerPoint presentations, inserting auto-updating charts into your reports, and publishing your work on paper or the Web -- all of which can make running your small business easier to do. Take a peek at the CD-ROM that comes with Small Business Microsoft Office 97 For Dummies and you'll discover more than 20 great tools for everyday use with Office 97.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764502903
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents


Who Should Buy This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Learning the Ropes
Part II: Making Your Business Look Bigger
Part III: Making Your Business Work Better
Part IV: The Part of Tens
The Appendix
Icons Used in This Book
A Few Conventions
Need Extra Help?

Part I: Learning the Ropes

Chapter 1: Everything You Need to Know about Office 97
Discovering the Professional Edition versus the Small Business Edition
Getting Organized and Customized
Finding out about the SBE CD-ROM
Adding and removing programs
Setting the document folder
Getting Help
Office Assistant
Search for help
Other Assistant options
Microsoft Help
Help screens
Chapter 2: Making Things Happen in Word
Getting to Know Word
Starting Word
Dissecting Word's toolbars
Editing Documents
Cut, copy, and paste
Word's a drag
Formatting Your Work
Formatting paragraphs
Formatting text
Using Format Painter
Formatting the page
Creating lists
Creating tables
Editing tables
Letting Word Work for You
AutoCorrect: Leave the typing to us
Type less with AutoText
Let Word format your document
Check spelling and grammar
Through the Looking Glass: Viewing Options
Printing and Saving Documents
Previewing with Print Preview
Printing your document
Saving Your Document
Chapter 3: Crunching Numbers with Excel
Finding Your Way around Excel
Starting Excel
Pretending that you plan to use toolbars
Maneuvering in Excel by keystroke
Selecting cells
Naming cells
Entering Cell Data
Adding Up Cell Data
Avoiding scary formulas with AutoSum
Using other formulas
Using the Paste function
Linking sheets
Making Stuff Look Pretty
Formatting text
Spanning and centering
Formatting numbers
Adding rows and columns
Enhancing cell appearance
Making Charts
Chapter 4: Stop the Presses! Here Comes Publisher
Page Layout versus Word Processing
Getting to Know Your Local Wizard
Moving Around in Publisher
Selecting and moving frames
Grouping and ungrouping frames
Junking and cleaning up the Publisher interface
Appearing As If You're Accomplishing Something
Putting words on paper
Spilling over into a new frame
Having fun with shapes
Making a picture worth a thousand bucks
Adding PageWizard creations
Adding OLE objects
Fire the Art Department!
Printing Your Creation and Taking It to Kinko's
Chapter 5: A Rosy, Oh-So-Microsoft Outlook
Getting Around in Outlook
Making the Outlook bar work for you
Changing Outlook's options
Throw Away That Teletype -- Now You Have E-Mail
Setting up e-mail
Sending and receiving e-mail
Organizing your e-mail so that you can find a message later
Creating a categories list
Assigning categories
Viewing e-mail by category
Getting Organized with the Calendar
Creating appointments, meetings, and events
Creating tasks
Displaying tasks
Keeping in Contact with Clients and Suppliers
Finding contacts
What good are contacts, anyway?
Placing calls with the AutoDialer
Explore your contact's Web page
Send e-mail to your contacts
Record Your Every Move with the Journal
Configuring the Journal
Viewing the Journal
Using the Journal
Those Little Yellow Sticky Things
Chapter 6: Truckin' with Automap
Finding Your Way Around
Driving around the map
Adjusting the detail
Getting a little help from your tools
Finding Your Way Home (Steve Winwood Would Be Proud)
Find an address, anywhere
Find an Automap location
Customizing Maps for Clients
Adding pushpins to identify locations
Highlighting a route so that your clients can find you
Printing the map (because driving with a computer in your lap is hard to do)
Chapter 7: Persuading with PowerPoint
Getting Around in PowerPoint
The AutoContent Wizard
A room with a view
Creating Your First Slide Show
Changing the color scheme
Using placeholders for text
Creating and editing a text box
Formatting text
Using bulleted text
Saving your presentation
Importing Graphics Created by Accountants in WordPerfect 1.3
Adding art to your presentation
Adding line art to a slide show
Adding charts and graphs
Dressing Up Your Presentation
Add pizzazz with animation
Add transitions to your slides
Add interactive tools
Actually Delivering the Presentation in Front of, You Know, Other People
Running the presentation
Creating a custom slide show
AutoPilot: Running PowerPoint on a timer
Marking up slides like a sports commentator
Chapter 8: Be One of the First to Use Access
Why Be Scared of Databases?
All about databases
Table relationships
Database things to think about
Getting Around in Access
Starting Access
Here's lookin' at your database
Saving and closing
Defining Your Database with Tables
Editing the table design
Changing the field name and data type
Changing the key field and description
Adding a specialized field
Deleting a field
Closing the Table Design window
Adding data to your table
Deleting records
Changing the Datasheet view design
Finding things in your table
Closing the Datasheet view
Sorting and filtering tables
Sort the table
Filter the table
Get rid of filters and sorts
Getting tables to talk it out
Creating the table relationship
Creating Forms So That Uncle Jed Can Use Your Database
Create a new form with the wizard
Data entry in a form
Create a form including related tables
Using Queries to Get All Kinds of Cool Information
Designing a query
Tell the World about Your Data with Reports

Part II: Making Your Business Look Bigger

Chapter 9: Avoiding Those Expensive Printing Bills
Creating Letters and Memos
Communicating with the help
Talking to the wizard
Building your own memo template
Create a template from your original memo
Create a new template
Communicating with the masses
Creating letters with Ms. Wizard
Creating a letter template
Crisis scenario #1: What will you put the letter in?!
Envelopes and letters living together
The stand-alone envelope
Creating the Perfect Fax Cover Sheet
Fax cover sheet templates
Fax cover sheet via wizard
Creating Your Own Business Cards and Labels
Chapter 10: Creating Sales and Marketing Material
Keeping in Contact with Contacts
Storing contact info in Outlook instead of my current method, an old shoebox
Creating contacts
Getting organized with categories
Finding a needle in a contact list
Using your contacts
Sending e-mail
Surf their Web site
Maintaining phone logs
Managing Projects with Outlook
Reasons #1 and #2 to Create a Database: Mail Merge and Labels
Mail merge envelopes: Using the Outlook contact list
Merging a form letter
Merging data by category, date, or other wacky criteria
Creating Your Own Newsletter, Just Like GigantaCorp Does
Walking through the wizard
Creating a professional, non-Bohemian newsletter
Cleaning up the template
Word and Publisher: A marriage made in Redmond
Picking images
Adding cool special effects
Finishing up
Using mail merge with Publisher
Creating Brochures the Easy Way (But You Still Have to Fold Them)
Chapter 11: Reporting Your Profits in Fun and Exciting Ways
Reporting Budgets with Style
Summarize, summarize
Charting, of course
Formatting your chart
Right-click formatting
Toolbar formatting
Putting it all together (Ole!)
Embedding an Excel chart in Word
Linking a chart in Word
People Like to See Maps with Little Dots All Over Them -- Really
Mapping Excel data
Editing the map
Different Views for Your Data
What's a PivotTable?
Choosing your data
Beginning the PivotTable
The Small Business Financial Manager
Importing accounting information
What-if analysis
Creating Financial Manager reports
Chapter 12: Putting Stuff on the Web
Why the Web?
Getting Your Business on the Internet
Coding for dollars
Setting up shop
Turning Anything into HTML
Saving a Word document as a Web page
Saving an Excel spreadsheet as a Web page
Saving a Publisher document as a Web page
Combining All Office Applications for Great Web Sites
Designing the site on paper
Creating a Web page with Publisher
Fine-tuning your Publisher Web site
Creating links on your site
Changing the background
Previewing your work
Saving your work
Posting your site to the Web with the Web Publishing Wizard
Word: The great HTML editor
Using Word to fine-tune a Web page
Using tables as a page layout tool
Adding forms to your Web page
Creating the form
Making the form do something
Inserting Excel spreadsheets as tables

Part III: Making Your Business Work Better

Chapter 13: Synergistically Leveraging the Utility of Collaborative Techniques: Sharing Stuff
Using Comments and Revisions to Share Documents
Using Word's Sharing Features
Tracking changes made by pesky coworkers
From the editor's point of view
From the author's point of view
Accepting all the changes at once
Using comments in a document
Including comments in a document
Viewing thoughtfully crafted comments
Corporate warfare: Protecting your document
Changing the options for tracking changes
Creating tasks from changes and comments
Sharing Spreadsheets, Too!
Resolving Changes
Viewing a history of your changes
Setting options for tracking changes
Corporate warfare II: Protecting your spreadsheet
Fire phasers! Cutting off spreadsheet access
Adding comments to spreadsheet cells
Group Scheduling and Delegating Tasks
Booking meetings
Delegating tasks
Reporting task status
Democracy in the workplace: Voting with Outlook
Chapter 14: Disseminating Information Using Office
The Ad-Hoc Intranet
Deciding what goes on an intranet
Creating the intranet
Choosing files
Loading an intranet page
Setting the office home page
Make the home page your wallpaper
Create Training Documents

Part IV: The Part of Tens

Chapter 15: Almost Ten Useful Ways to Use Office
Automate Simple but Annoying Tasks
Launch Your Favorite Programs from the Shortcut Bar
Convert a PowerPoint Presentation into a Word Document
Publish Training Documents Online
Insert Auto-Updating Charts into Reports and Presentations
Add Visual Warnings to Your Spreadsheets
Store Matching Letterhead and Envelopes in the Same File
Make a Template for Your Most Common Projects
Surf the Web without Starting a Web Browser
Chapter 16: Ten Downloadable Extras to Get You Home Earlier
Office 97 Service Release
Internet Explorer 4
Rules Wizard
PrintMe for PowerPoint
Export Graphic Shape Add-in
Sales and Marketing Templates
Human Resources and Operations Templates
Microsoft Camcorder
Avery Wizard
New Office AutoShapes
Appendix: About the CD
System Requirements
How to Use the CD
What's on the CD?
If You've Got Problems (Of the CD Kind)


License Agreement

Installation Instructions

Book Registration Information

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