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Using Your PC Made Easy: Office 2010 and More Paperback – 31 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844901254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844901258
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 1.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Our popular Made Easy series is designed to help you get to grips with modern technology, from laptops and mobile devices to digital cameras.

Illustrated tutorials written in straightforward language guide you through each topic - explaining technical terms and building your confidence every step of the way.

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Using your PC Made Easy from Which?
I got this book for my Mum and Dad who are in their late 70's and have taken the plunge into the cyber World. It took a long time to convince them that a computer would be a good idea but they finally saw the advantages like video links and emails to relatives abroad. My Mum was astounded when we set up a Skype link with her sister in South Africa. She now emails on a regular basis and sets up her own video links via Yahoo ! To get them this far we used 'Laptops and Mobile Devices' another book from Which? This book is in a similar format.
The laptop we gave them for Christmas last year had Office 10 on it as a trial so I booked it for them. They have not really used it until we gave them this book. Now my mother has gone into overdrive wondering just what she can do with the Laptop next! This book is in a logical and easy to read format and deals with the very basics of Windows and Office 10. There are chapters on:

Windows 7,

Word 10,

Excel 10,

Powerpoint 10,

PDF files,

Photos and Video using the software supplied with Windows 7,

Plus a jargon buster at the very end.

The layout and approach is very easy to follow and the information, although very basic, is essential to get going. Obviously the book like the others in the series is aimed at the very beginner and would not be much use to someone who had used a computer with confidence before. To cut a long story short the book has done its job. My mother is producing lists, helping the grandchildren do animations in Powerpoint and experimenting with picture and video editing. My father is using Excel to help him beat the tax man and appraise various investments he has.
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By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2012
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This book is prt of the easy series from Which and it continues in the same vein as all the others. It certainly is easy and would suit those who want to know the basics of using a PC and Microsoft Office 2010. It breaks things down into manageable pieces and is certainly easy to follow. The reason I gave it 3 stars is I already have quite a good knowledge of computing and some of the information was not deep enough for me. This is certainly a good book for a beginner or those who want to enhance their basic knowledge
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I enjoy the Which guides:- they offer strong sensible advice on the field the guide focuses on. Occasionally, this makes the most of a guide slightly baby-ish, in that sensible things would occur to the everyday person.

However "Using your PC Made Easy" is pitched at just the right tone and level, starting from the simple stuff, to slightly more esoteric tips that you never had the occasion to use and therefore think the functionality was not there. While I am familiar with most of the topics covered, I did learn a few new things, as well as things that would help me be more productive for this edition of Office.

Covering mainly Word, Excel and Powerpoint in Office 2010, there is the usual "how to open/save documents" (which made my eyes roll) but also various Ribbon function guides which would be hard to pre-Office 2007 users to get to grips with.

There will be the usual MS haters who might take offence at how this guide is based almost totally on Office 2010 and Windows Live. Yet this ubiquitous software is everywhere and is usually the choice of corporate/educational fields (not to mention pre-installed on most new PCs in some form or other). I would take more issue at Adobe Reader X solely mentioned (therefore recommended) as the PDF reader of choice and Adobe Acrobat as PDF manipulator.

I would recommend this book for the younger person for their computer skills advancement as well as the folks just updating their system/software. Well laid out with informative and relevant screenshots, it was a breeze to skim through. Individual mileage might vary, but it is definitely great for the kids for their schoolwork.
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By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2011
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I have been a PC user for many years and usually I have upgraded smoothly to new versions of Windows, yet transferring from desktop running Windows XP to laptop with Windows 7 and installing the new Office 2010 was a shock. Certainly my new improved system was not only more powerful as expected, but I found it quite different in operation. The Which publication `Using Your PC Made Easy' presents detailed information in readily understood language to steadily take me in stages through the various computer tasks, and it does so with numerous examples of screen layouts and diagrams of keystrokes related directly to Office 2010. Additionally there are numerous hints and tips for avoiding pitfalls, taking short-cuts and exploiting greater capacity from my PC.

The largest share of the book is given to Word including basic setting up, creation of documents, saving, printing etc. together with far-reaching instruction on presentations, text options, mail merging etc. and also direction to the wide variety of formatting, graphics, templates etc. for all manner of possibilities. With Office 2010 it is Excel that seems to have leapt farthest forward in complexity, though I always stopped short in realisation of potential. Again the illustrated step by step approach of `Using Your PC Made Easy' allows me to progress to generation of charts, graphics etc. beyond the initial layouts, functions etc. I had only limited experience of PowerPoint but I am now getting to grips with creation of presentations including slides and text, and I'll be having a go with videos and introduction sound. The few pages on PDF files is welcome, and though a final section on Photos & Videos is less useful to me personally it's OK as I've already had full value!
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