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Microsoft Office XP Inside Out Microsoft Office XP Inside Out

By Michael J. Young & Michael Halvorson

Published by Microsoft Press
Pages: 1582 plus a companion CD
ISBN: 0-7356-1277-3

Microsoft Office XP Inside Out is the successor to the Running Office books that Michael Halvorson and I wrote for Office versions 95, 97, and 2000. Microsoft Office XP Inside Out, however, has an entirely new approach. It's written for a more experienced audience. It contains more advanced techniques, tips, workarounds, and troubleshooting advice. And, probably most important, it's written from a more objective viewpoint; we give you an honest evaluation of which Office features work and which don't, and tell you how to work around the ones that don't.

The book comes with a companion CD, which provides a complete searchable electronic version of the book, copies of the example documents and macros given in the chapters, many useful Office XP utilities and add-ins, links to Office XP resources on the Web, software demos and trials, and more.

The following are some excerpts from the book's Introduction:

Microsoft Office XP has more power, more application integration, and greater sharing of features than any previous version of Office. Microsoft has worked hard to make the Office applications easy to use, but the Office suite's sheer size and complexity can make it challenging to find your way around the software, to learn the applications and the ways they work together, and to solve the problems that result from the software's intricacy. Microsoft Office XP Inside Out is designed to help you meet this challenge.

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 XP.

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Applications Covered

Microsoft Office XP Inside Out covers the following Office XP applications and tools:



Part 1: Getting Going with Microsoft Office XP

Chapter 1: An Office XP Overview

Chapter 2: Installing and Configuring Office XP

Chapter 3: Getting Expert Help on Office XP

Part 2: Common Microsoft Office XP Techniques

Chapter 4: Working with Office XP Applications, Documents, and Program Windows

Chapter 5: New Editing and Formatting Techniques in Office XP

Chapter 6: Adding Professional Graphics and Special Effects to Office XP Documents

Chapter 7: Sharing Data Among Office XP Applications

Chapter 8: Using SharePoint Team Services in Professional Workgroups

Chapter 9: Customizing the Office XP Application Interface

Part 3: Microsoft Word

Chapter 10: Word Fundamentals

Chapter 11: Efficient Editing in Word

Chapter 12: Effective Formatting in Word

Chapter 13: Arranging Text Using Tables, Columns, and Lists

Chapter 14: Advanced Word Formatting Techniques

Chapter 15: Managing Large or Complex Documents

Chapter 16: Using Word in Workgroups

Chapter 17: Proofing Word Documents

Chapter 18: Designing and Printing Professional-Looking Pages

Chapter 19: Using Word to Automate Mailings

Chapter 20: Creating Web Pages and Other Online Documents

Part 4: Microsoft Excel

Chapter 21: Worksheet Construction Essentials

Chapter 22: Advanced Worksheet Editing

Chapter 23: Expert Formatting Techniques

Chapter 24: Power Organizing with Workbooks

Chapter 25: Customizing Excel to Work the Way You Do

Chapter 26: Using Formulas and Functions to Crunch Numbers

Chapter 27: Advanced Worksheet Charts

Chapter 28: Power Database Techniques:  Lists, Filters, and Pivot Tables

Chapter 29: Advanced Business Analysis

Chapter 30: Expert Web Publishing Techniques

Part 5: Microsoft PowerPoint

Chapter 31: Essential PowerPoint Techniques

Chapter 32: Advanced Presentation Formatting

Chapter 33: Mastering Tables, Graphics, and Drawings

Chapter 34: Adding Special Effects and Internet Links

Chapter 35: Setting Up and Presenting the Slide Show

Part 6: Microsoft Outlook

Chapter 36: Outlook Fundamentals

Chapter 37: Working with Outlook Items and Folders

Chapter 38: Managing Messages and Appointments

Chapter 39: Managing Contacts, Tasks, and Other Types of Information

Chapter 40: Customizing Outlook

Part 7: Microsoft FrontPage

Chapter 41: FrontPage Fundamentals

Chapter 42: Managing Your Web Site with FrontPage

Chapter 43: Creating and Editing Web Pages

Chapter 44: Formatting Your Web Pages

Chapter 45: Adding Advanced Features to Your Web Pages

Part 8: Microsoft Access

Chapter 46: Access Fundamentals

Chapter 47: Setting Up Tables and Relationships

Chapter 48: Using Queries to Select and Combine Information

Chapter 49: Creating Forms and Data Access Pages for Working with Data

Chapter 50: Generating Reports to Present Information

Part 9: Microsoft Publisher

Chapter 51: Essential Publisher Techniques

Chapter 52: Creating Professional Brochures and Newsletters

Chapter 53: Advanced Web Publications

Part 10: Supercharging Office with Macros and VBA

Chapter 54: Building Your First Office Macro

Chapter 55: Using Variables, Operators, and Functions to Manage Information

Chapter 56: Adding Logic and Computing Power with Control Structures

Chapter 57: Using Toolbox Controls to Create a User Interface

Companion CD

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