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A really good book covering all the Microsoft Office products - some in more detail than others. The explanations are good and there's a lot covered. Screenshots are shown throughout the book though they're in black and white, but that's the only drawback. If anything, there's too much detail at times but it's a great reference and I'm pleased I bought it. The book itself is just over a thousand pages so it's hardly something you'd pop in your laptop bag. I used a scalpel to `slice' it into its various components then used a binding machine and comb binders to create six different books of manageable size (roughly 150 to 200 pages each) which lay flat when you open them. That means you only need to carry details of the product that's relevant and each `book' was as cheap as chips. Why buy something on individual products when you can get it all in one for less than £20?
I bought this book after returning the
Office 2007 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies
, which I felt was geared too much for beginners. I've been an Office user for years, I just needed to figure out how to better tap the power of this version!
I also liked that Woody Leonard was a co-author, because I had LOVED his
Office 2003 Timesaving Techniques for Dummies
. I really wish he had done another version for 2007 so you didn't have to wade through everything else to get to the info that can really help you get work done faster and easier.
Anyway, this is a good, fairly comprehensive book on the core Office programs...
+ There's a lot of great information about making the most of the new versions of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
+ And when you're having issues, it's easy to check the index and find what you need (although if it's not in the index, check the Table of Contents...some longer discussions that are listed in the TOC are not in the index, for some reason.)
- If you're looking for information on Outlook with Business Contact Manager or OneNote, however, you'll be disappointed. BCM isn't mentioned at all and it doesn't say much on OneNote beyond what you get in the program itself.
Finally, the obvious problem with an all-in-one manual is that they can't include everything. There was a new Word function I had hoped to learn about that they didn't include, so I ended up getting a separate Word-only book for that. But I spend most of my working life in Word, so most people will probably be fine getting just this book.
These books are maddeningly out of print, often before they are even reviewed. But this one was 5 years old, and I was afraid no one had it.
From several sources, I ordered what seemed the best match of quality and price. The order was confirmed right away, the book arrived before the promised delivery date, and it was in perfect condition. Well packed too.
Every "Using" book I own (more than a dozen) has been valuable, well written and packed with good information. This is no exception. The authors know Office. I started with Word and quickly absorbed the "flavor" of the new interface. This book will cut my frustration time dramatically.
At the time this book was a great help to me when I was using Office 2007. That was some time ago though. It should me what Office 2007 was capable of doing and how to do it. It was a must have at the time.
The book seems well written, but not quite as detailed as I need. I see that I will need to buy the Using Word 2007 to get as much detail as I want. Still, this book gives a great overview of the whole suite and probably has a much info as most users will want.
If you are upgrading to Office 2007 from an earlier version of Office this book is a great help. Microsoft has made a number of changes in where basic tools are located and how to access them. This book makes the learning process a lot simpler and a lot quicker. However, I don't recommend you try to read the book cover-to-cover in one sitting. It is the thickness of a New York phone book. The Index at the back of the book is well done and is a good way to problem-solve individual issues.