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Special Edition Using Microsoft Office 2003, Student-Teacher Edition
Not only does the author show readers the best way to solve problems, he also points out what works and what doesn't when using Office with a no-holds-barred approach.
Libraries whose Office books are becoming tattered and torn might consider some of these guides as replacements or supplements (see also Computer Media, LJ 7/05). Particularly helpful for intermediate users, The Unofficial Guide to Excel 2003 serves as a quick reference to useful, timesaving, and sometimes overlooked features. Coverage ranges from removing the Office Assistant to creating custom toolbar buttons; sidebars provide even quicker tips and information, and appendixes address recommended resources and how to build creative work sheets. A great supplement to more basic step-by-step guides; truly beneficial, with clear tips that make this a recommended purchase. Also in the tips-and-tricks vein, Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances and Fixing Access Annoyances both include advice regarding versions 2000, 2002, and 2003, focusing on easy ways to fix common (yet annoying) problems. This emphasis does at times cause the authors to shoehorn how-tos into annoyances (e.g., finding new PowerPoint templates), but this tendency is not in itself so grating. Sidebars and notes add information, and tips are clear, useful, and enthusiastic. Each title packs a lot of relevant information that can help turn regular users into power users—or, at least, into less frustrated ones! Both books are highly recommended for all public libraries. For absolute beginners, the full-color Microsoft Office 2003 Simplified aims to take some of the fear out of using Office. Extremely simple step-by-step instructions, labeled screen shots, and a talking cartoon character walk readers through the basic tasks in each component of the Office suite. A nice choice for libraries with large beginner populations; be sure to supplement with more thorough guides. The nonthreatening, full-color Teach Yourself Visually: Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 also targets beginners with one- to two-page lessons featuring simple step-by-step instructions and labeled screen shots. It leads readers through all the basic PowerPoint features, from formatting text and working with outlines and layouts to making presentations and customizing software. Sidebars contain more information; appendixes cover keyboard shortcuts and online resources. Appropriate for all libraries; again, supplement with more thorough guides.Special Edition says it specifically addresses users of the Student-Teacher Office edition, but this is largely through the occasional use of examples such as writing reports for school and headings like Extra Credit; other examples and screen shots illustrate both business and home use. Since the Student-Teacher edition is identical to (although cheaper than) the Standard version of Office that includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, this title will also apply to other users (though they may not realize it). Be careful of the binding—this reviewer's copy started separating down the middle upon first reading. An optional purchase. General Office books will serve users of this edition just as well. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
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February 09, 2006
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