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12 Nov 2010 Portable Genius (Book 27)
A savvy guide to Office 2011 for Mac users Mac users, you don’t have to give up one ounce of cool to use Office 2011 on your Mac. Here’s the hip guide you need to get the most out of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Get started with Office 2011, find out what features are shared between apps, and start creating stylish Word docs, lively PowerPoint presentations, awesome Excel reports, and totally organized Outlook lists and calendars. And you’ll love the portable size—just perfect for keeping this guide on hand while you work. Features facts, tips, and secrets to help you get the most of out of Office  2011 for Mac Provides the key tools and shortcuts you need to accomplish tasks, without bogging you down in too much detail Covers how to get started with Office, an overview of shared features, and how to use each application in the Office 2011 suite Helps you create smart Word docs, organize your calendar and contacts with Outlook, build compelling PowerPoint presentations, and use Excel formulas and functions to generate reports and analyze data Zero in on the Office 2011 features you use most on your Mac, with Office 2011 for Mac Portable Genius .

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (12 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470610190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470610190
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Genius is in. You don′t have to be a genius to use Office for Mac 2011. But if you want to get the very most out of it, put this savvy Portable Genius guide to work. Want to discover how great Microsoft′s ribbon is? Turn Word into a full desktop publishing app? Celebrate the return of Outlook for the Mac? Record audio directly into PowerPoint presentations? You′ll find cool and useful Genius tips, full–color screenshots, and pages of easy–to–access shortcuts and tools that will save you loads of time and let you enjoy Office for Mac 2011 to the max. Dwight Spivey is a software and support engineer for Konica Minolta, where he works with Mac operating systems, applications, and hardware, as well as laser printers. He teaches classes on Mac usage, writes training and support materials for Konica Minolta, and is a Mac OS X beta tester for Apple. Portable GENIUS Fun, hip, and straightforward, the new Portable Genius series gives forward–thinking Apple users useful information in handy, compact books that are easy to navigate and don′t skimp on the essentials. Collect the whole series and make the most of your Apple digital lifestyle.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction 3 Sep 2011
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The Portable Genius series are very useful as an introduction and a quick start to the various Apple products. I didn't want to start with the Missing Manual series since they make great reference books but not good for browsing. The presentation in this book is clear, concise and hence very attractive and easy to read.
This book is up to the very good start of all the series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too simple even for someone new to Mac 1 Dec 2010
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This book is overly simplistic even if you are new to the Mac. If you know how to turn your Mac on don't bother with this book. If you graduated from high school don't buy this book. The authors writing style is directed to sixth graders. I have been using a Mac since it was first introduced. I purchased this book because I was upgrading from Office 2008 to Office 2011 and wanted to learn what was new and how to use the new features. First the Kindle version has pages out of sequence. The author is discussing citations and how to use them in Word and in the middle of that discussion there is a fact about formula writer, which is only in Excel. This happens several times throughout the book. Most disappointing is the lack of usable information. As an example, the new version of Excel finally has the ability to create pivot tables. For an Excel user this is a big improvement. There is little useful information as to how to use pivot tables or their benefits.

This version is the first time that Microsoft uses the infamous ribbon. I have used this with the PC versions. The author inserts his unwarranted opinion of the ribbon that influences the reader in a negative manner. Try the ribbon out you will like it. Also, he fails to tell you that if you turn the ribbon off some of the features will be turned off as well. All in all if you are using Office for the Mac for the first time there is plenty of information on the Microsoft website.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This overview is too thin to be of much use unless you're a total beginner 30 Nov 2010
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I am a novice Word and Excel user. Nonetheless, I found this book to be over-simplistic and missing some very basic information. For example, the author uses precious space to describe in detail how to open a document, a "skill" that is basic to using any computer, but neglects to describe many features, such as the Filter in Excel. Within a couple of days I had passed beyond the level of this book. If you are a beginner in these programs, AND a beginner on Mac computers, maybe it will be of some use to you, but if you're looking for a solid source of info on the rich feature set of these programs, you'll soon find yourself heading for the "help" menu, since, for now at least, this is the only other source of info available.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide for Newbies 21 Nov 2010
By C. J. Singh - Published on
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I'm a longtime user of Microsoft Office on Windows, but a newbie to Apple products. So I've been comparing various Apple guide-books. My favorites are "Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual" and "iPhone 4: The Missing Manual," both by David Pogue. I look forward to Office 2011 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual , which will be published in January 2011.

Currently, the only book available on the new software is "Office for Mac 2011: Portable Genius." The subtitle "portable genius" comes from Apple Stores' "genius bar," where Apple technicians help newbies. This book is far too basic to transform a newbie into a "genius" of the portable or any other kind.

It's easy to follow as it presents step-by-step instructions and frequent illustrations. Beginning with installing Office 2011, it proceeds to summarize the "latest and greatest cool new features." Under "What's New in PowerPoint," the text says, "Using Presenter Tools, Excel can now help you rehearse your presentation before you give it." Ah, a typo: not Excel, should be PowerPoint (page 11).

The second chapter focuses on features that are common to the Office 2011 suite of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook: the toolbox, the media browser, and the ribbon. Users of Windows Office 2007 or Office 2010 will be familiar with the ribbon: "a new set of tabs that are visible just underneath the toolbar. These tabs are organized in a very intuitive fashion, and each tab includes easy-to-access buttons that correspond to the functions people use the most." Not so intuitive; I've been there. I remember that when I upgraded from Windows Office XP to Windows Office 2007, it took quite some time to get used to the ribbon. That said, the ribbon on this Office version has indeed been modified; it's easier to master -- and then you, too, can tell newbies, "it's very intuitive."

Subsequent chapters present the four individual applications.
Chapters 3, 4, and 5 on Word show among other tasks: how to set up new documents; insert images and graphics; create customized toolbars.
Chapter 6, 7, and 8 show how to create spreadsheets with Excel; use formulas; and augment spreadsheets with charts and graphs.
Chapters 9, 10, and 11 on PowerPoint show how to create a presentation; enhance presentations with color images and graphics; and deliver presentations.
Chapters 12, 13, and 14 on Outlook show how to set preferences; optimize e-mail; organize contacts, tasks, notes, and schedules.

For a more comprehensive guide that takes up topics such as Visual Basic Applications `VBA' macros, SkyDrive, and comparisons of Outlook with the Windows 2010 version, I'll have to wait for the publication of the "Office 2011 for Mac: The Missing Manual" by Chris Grover. According to the publisher's press release the forthcoming "missing manual" will be 912 pages long. I'll use it mainly as a reference. Having learned the basics, step-by-step, from the "portable genius," I think the combo will be optimal for newbies. Experienced Mac users would likely find the "Missing Manual" by itself a much better choice.

The compact (317 pages) "Microsoft Office for Mac 2011: Portable Genius" shows newbies how to use the four updated applications -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook -- with five-star clarity. Excellent book for newbies.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't cover new features well, designed for Office newbies 13 Jun 2011
By D. Greenbaum - Published on
The Wiley Portable Genius series is designed to be a quick comprehensive guide for a experienced computer user trying to learn a new program. Instead of focusing on all functions, this book attempts to focus on those 20% of the features you'll use 80% of the time. This book is great for someone familiar with computers who has never used an Office Suite before.

Each major program of the Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook) is given an introduction and then a series of in-depth analyses. At the beginning, the geography of the program screen is introduced along with a survey of major menu items and preferences as well as keyboard shortcuts for these functions. For intermediate and advanced users, these intros can easily be skipped. Ideally these menu and shortcut guides should be in the last chapter of the section because new users might get intimidated with the twenty or so different ways to do a simple task.

The book's style is highly visual and focused on functions, answering "How do I" questions. Unfortunately there is often no designation between which functions are new to Office 2011 and functions that have been there since the beginning (Outlook excluded since it hasn't been on the Mac platform for a long time). In particular, Excel's new Sparklines function wasn't covered nor were the collaboration aspects of the Skydrive. While these aren't as important as printing emails or creating formulas, users upgrading from previous versions might have found some coaching useful.

The final chapters of the book briefly cover Microsoft Communicator, Remote Desktop Connection as well as using Microsoft resources to get help with the program.

Experienced users of previous versions of Office for the Mac or PC won't find much value in this book, but for novice users new to the Microsoft family of products, this book will help them transition nicely.

Pros: Adequate guide to Office 2011
Cons: Lacks coverage and specificity of new features
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Book for Office on the Mac 1 Dec 2011
By Brian K. Boggess - Published on
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This book makes a great companion to my Portable Genius books on the MacBook Pro and Lion OS X. This book makes no assumptions of your having experience and/or in-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office on the Mac but does make reference to earlier versions when discussing changes and new features. Being a new Mac user (but an experienced PC and Office 2007 user) I wanted something that would get me started in becoming familiar with Office 2011 on the Mac and how to best use it. I will agree with other reviewers that this is not a "bible" or complete/concise book on Office 2011, but for a user with my experience and limited exposure to the Mac platform or for even a new Office user, this book is perfect for the job. The thing that sets this series of books apart from others is the simple language used in them and the colorful illustrations provided. I have become very comfortable in using my Mac & Office 2011 on a daily basis after reading this book and thank the publisher and the author for their efforts.
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