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2007 Microsoft® Office System Step by Step (Step by Step (Microsoft)) [Paperback]

Curtis Frye , Joyce Cox , Steve Lambert , Joan Preppernau , Katherine Murray
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17 Feb 2007 0735622787 978-0735622784 1

Quickly teach yourself how to use Microsoft Office Access 2007, Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, and Word 2007. With Step By Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them!

  • Take control of your day—organize your e-mail, calendar, and meetings
  • Learn the essentials for creating effective documents
  • Build spreadsheets and perform calculations on your data
  • Design database applications to help manage information
  • Produce and deliver compelling slide show presentations
  • Organize and format text to craft professional-quality documents

Your all-in-one learning experience includes:

  • Files for building skills and practicing the book’s lessons
  • Fully searchable eBook
  • Bonus quick reference to the Ribbon, the new Microsoft Office interface
  • Windows Vista Product Guide eBook—plus other resources on CD

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (17 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735622787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735622784
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.4 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,190,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Curtis Frye is the author of numerous books on Excel and other Office products, most recently the Excel 2007 Pocket Guide. He graduated from Syracuse in 1990 with a degree in political science, and then moved to Washington, DC, where he worked as a defense trade analyst for four years and as the director of sales and marketing for an ISP for one year. He moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1995 to launch his freelance writing career. When Curt's not writing, and often while he is writing, he is a keynote speaker, mentalist, and professional improvisational comedian.

Joyce Cox has more than 30 years' experience in the development of training materials about technical subjects for non-technical audiences and is the author of dozens of books about Office and Windows technologies. Joyce is vice president of Online Training Solutions, Inc. (OTSI). Previously, she was president of and principal author for Online Press, where she developed the Quick Course series of computer training books for beginning and intermediate adult learners. She was also the first managing editor of Microsoft Press, an editor for Sybex, and an editor for the University of California.

Katherine Murray has written more than 60 computer books, including Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple, Microsoft Word 2010 Plain & Simple, and Microsoft Word 2010 Inside Out. She specializes in teaching people and businesses how to improve their productivity using Microsoft technologies, and she loves the freedom that comes along with the “work virtually anywhere” approach Office 365 offers.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cut and waste 24 July 2007
By IDG1973
This book is simply a cut and paste exercise from introductory chapters of five other Office Step-By-Step books. It takes four chapters from the respective Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint books, together with five chapters from Outlook and binds them together with zero additional content.

If you only want a brief introduction to these applications, and have no interest in ever getting any of the five individual books then this is a cost-effective place to start.

I was hoping for original content more in tune with the inter-application capabilities of the Office System itself. You won't find anything new here that isn't published elsewhere. As such, it's a wasted opportunity.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Instead of Step-by-Step, title the book "What's New" 29 Feb 2008
By Creative Wiz - Published on
This book mostly emphasizes what's new in Office 2007. It is not, however, a book for someone who wants to learn the concept of Word/word processing, Excel/spreadsheets, Access/databases, PowerPoint/presentations, etc., etc. I teach Microsoft applications and I'm frustrated using this book because the exercises are "lame" and go from simple to advanced stuff in the same practice. Especially bad are the Excel exercises because they have been poorly proofread; they have mistakes and mix beginners with advanced stuff in each chapter and in each exercise, it's hard to assign any of them as homework. Also, it totally skips Page Setup and the very useful AutoSum button, not to mention a lot of other basic stuff a beginner needs to know. It's as bad a book as the previous Office 2003 Step-by-Step series. I am not happy with it at all and would not recommend it for beginners. It might help someone who is gearing up for the MS Office 2007 certification, but don't bank on this book alone for study material.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Detail 1 Nov 2007
By Cynthia C. Newman - Published on
This book had the worst index I've ever seen in a reference book. It was too difficult to find solutions in the book. Certainly this is not a book for anyone with any Microsoft Office experience.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MS Office 2007 10 Mar 2008
By R. D. Nolan - Published on
I consider this book to be one of the most informative and easy to use manuals I have ever encountered. I am over 80 years of age so have tried a few! It is clearly set out, easy to follow instructions, and useful tutorials in the accompanying disk. Together with several other Step By Step manuals, I would never consider purchasing anything else.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Keep looking - this simply cannot be the best option out there! 13 July 2008
By Michael A. Shoemaker - Published on
I have been an MS Office user for more than a decade. I have been using Office XP or 2003 on my systems but needed to add a new PC to my office and it came with 2007. While I do not need instruction on the basics of using Office, there are some new things about this version that are unique and it would be nice to know what the critical changes are, other than the graphics design and where they hid the buttons! And the 'manual' that comes with the MS software is, politely, a joke.

So I bought this book because my business runs a number of things on Excel that are critical and I upgraded the other PC to 2007 for consistency. Primarily I needed to understand what be gained or lost from critical files in converting them to the new Excel format.

For example, if you are working on an existing Excel file in 'compatibility mode' and hit 'save', you may well be presented with a dialog box that says that some formatting may be lost if you do not save in the Excel 2007 mode. It will nicely even tell you how many instances of formatting loss you will have and how 'important' those losses may or may not be. What it will NOT tell you is what the formatting losses are!

How about the 'Save As' command? You have the option of Saving as Excel Workbook, Excel Macro-enabled Workbook, Excel Binary Workbook and Excel 99-2003 workbook. Each option has a brief description but is not at all clear on when and why one format should be used over the other. Even using the Help files is of no Help.

Enter this book. Certainly a book sanctioned by MS would give me some good clues about what I gain or lose by using the compatibility format or certainly the binary format. Nope. The book offers NOTHING on what would seem to be a fairly basic bit of information - why use any given format and what is gained or lost when using one vs. another.

Thankfully I know how to use most of the functions that I need anyway, even if I now have to hunt for them since the menu format has so radically changed. But what I wanted from this book it has failed to deliver in every instance. Other than helping to understand the way the new ribbon bar works and a few other fairly minor issues, this book makes a wonderful paperweight. Maybe if you are a first time user of Office this book can be useful. But if you are converting from an earlier version and have some critical documents that you will be using in an ongoing manner, look elsewhere - this book will be of no help.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not like the other Step by Step books that I think are so good 6 Sep 2011
By Citizen John - Published on
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This is the only exception of which I'm aware to the high standards of the Step by Step series. I struggled with it until I realized that it wasn't just me. There are typos and pedagogical errors such that I concluded it was probably rushed into production before sufficient resources were put into this tutorial software.
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