Microsoft Office System Inside Out 2003 Edition.
Who This Book Is For
This book is written for the power user, the software enthusiast, the consultant, the solutions developer, or the company guru—the one others come to for help. It’s designed for the person who wants to learn the essentials quickly and then go on to more interesting topics— advanced timesaving techniques, bug workarounds, troubleshooting advice, and insights into Office’s inner workings. It’s written for the computer user who needs to solve the problems that will inevitably occur with software as complex as Office. And it’s targeted to the reader who wants an honest, objective evaluation of the different Office components, clarifying which features to use and which to avoid. Rest assured that the book also covers the essentials. Contrary to the typical media depiction of a computer genius, even the savviest computer expert needs to learn the basics of a new program.
In this book, however, the essentials are taught as they would be in a graduate seminar rather than in a freshman 101 course—quickly and concisely, relying on your general computer understanding and your ability to translate your current insights and skills to the topic at hand. Consequently, to get the most out of this book, you should know the basics of computer hardware and software. You should know Microsoft Windows. You should know how to use the file system, how to access the Internet, and how to manage your e-mail. You should have used a word processor and spreadsheet program before, so that the essential concepts are familiar to you. But most important, you should be excited about exploring the fascinating territory that lies just beyond the surface of Office 2003.
How This Book Is Organized
Part 1, “Getting Going with Office 2003,” is designed to get you started with Office in as few pages as possible. Chapter 1, “An Office 2003 Overview,” includes a concise Office road map to help you quickly choose the Office application or applications you need to accomplish your intended tasks, plus a comprehensive summary of the new Office features, which will be especially valuable if you’ve used previous Office versions. Chapter 2, “Installing and Configuring Office 2003,” provides succinct instructions to help you install Office and maintain your Office installation. And Chapter 3, “Getting Expert Help on Office 2003,” shows you how to make the most of the online help provided with Office and how to access the online resources available on the Microsoft Office Online Web site.
Part 2, “Using Shared Office 2003 Application Features,” focuses on the common features of the Office applications and on the ways to take advantage of Office application integration. For instance, this part explains how to use the Office task panes, the search feature, the speech recognition and handwriting interfaces, the enhanced Office Clipboard, and the many commands for adding graphics to documents, including the Clip Organizer and diagram features. It also shows how to create compound documents that combine data from several applications; how to use Office applications to share documents and information on a team Web site on a server running the new Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services; and how to record macros and customize the menus, toolbars, and other features of the common Office application interface.
Parts 3 through 9 provide in-depth coverage of each of the major Office applications:
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, FrontPage, and InfoPath. For a brief rundown on each of these applications, see “An Office 2003 Map” on page 6, as well as the first chapter of each application part.
Finally, Part 10, “Customizing Office 2003 Using VBA,” covers the common macro and development language of the Office applications: Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). These chapters explain how to use Office’s Visual Basic Editor to enhance macros that you’ve recorded in Office applications, as well as to develop more sophisticated macros from scratch.
Keep in mind that Microsoft Office System Inside Out—2003 Edition isn’t the type of book you need to read through from the beginning. Nor must you read an individual chapter in its entirety. Rather, the book has been designed so that you need to consult only the specific section or sections that are relevant to completing your pending Office task or to solving your current Office problem. The sections in this book are concise, down-to-business, and are largely self-sufficient. If a section does depend on material found elsewhere, you’ll find a cross-reference to the chapter, section, or page containing that information.
In addition to cross-references, you’ll find many notes and sidebars that provide supplemental and in-depth insights and techniques, as well as tips presenting advanced tricks and workarounds. You’ll also discover candid Inside Out elements in each chapter, which often point out flaws and shortcomings in the Office software and suggest ways to deal with them.
And finally, the chapters include special troubleshooting sidebars to help you solve specific problems that you’re likely to encounter. To quickly find the section or sections you need to read, be sure to take advantage of the book’s comprehensive table of contents and indexes, including a separate index of troubleshooting sidebars, which should be the first resource you consult when Office trouble strikes.
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