Using Corel WordPerfect 9 Special Edition Paperback – 1 Aug 1999
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From the Author
Learn how to use the best of what WordPerfect 9 has to offer
When Read and I set out to write this book, we wanted to pack as much useful and relevant information as we could into 700+ pages. In order to do that, we had to concentrate on the quickest and most efficient ways of accomplishing a task. Sure, there are lots of ways to do the same thing--that's the beauty of WordPerfect. The problem is, you don't have time to read about all the different ways. You want someone who really knows the software to point out the quickest way to do something so you can get your job done and still have enough time to actually _go out_ for lunch. Right?
To achieve this goal, we had to make some assumptions about our readers. We know that many of you have used a word processor before; the vast majority of you have upgraded from a previous version of WordPerfect. We don't spend a lot of time on basics--there are other books (with titles that insult your intelligence level) that cover that ground. We'll explain what a feature is, but more importantly, we'll tell you why you want to use it. What's in it for you? How can it save you time?
Let me give you an example: templates are an awesome time-saving tool. They can free you from spending hours formatting and experimenting with different designs to achieve a professional appearance. We show you how to use the templates that come with WordPerfect right up front. Then we go right into showing you how to create your own templates--from your own documents, or by modifying the WP templates. From there, we talk about how to customize the templates to create a specialized working environment to cater to all different skill levels. We go beyond the most obvious uses of a feature and explore the hidden power.
To sum it all up, Read and I have drawn on our collective experiences of using and teaching WordPerfect for over a decade to show you how you can use the features more efficiently. This book is crammed full of tips, tricks and practical examples that you won't find anywhere else.
We've tried to make the text warm and inviting, even casual. The last thing we want to do is intimidate you! When you take a feature and break it up into easy to understand segments, even a timid user can grasp the significance <s>. Thanks!
From the Back Cover
Special Edition Using Corel WordPerfect 9 lets you discover the power of WordPerfect 9 and see what makes it one of the worlds most popular word processing applications. You will learn the ins and outs of using the Writing Tools, and master page layout, formatting, styles and templates. This complete reference also provides in-depth coverage of using lists and outlines to organize information, collaborate on WordPerfect 9 documents with others in your workgroup, import data and work with other programs and applications, create and publish Web pages and build interactive and multimedia documents.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
If you've never used a computer before, this is not the book for you. However, if you've used another word processor or an older version of WordPerfect, this is the right book. Enough introductory material for folks new to WordPerfect to get started, but far more information for those wishing to improve their skill level from intermediate to advanced word processor operators.
As someone who's long considered himself a WordPerfect expert, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself repeatedly learning new techniques for using the world's most powerful word processor, WordPerfect. Over and over again, the authors offer procedures that accomplish the same result, but involve fewer steps to realize them than those I developed myself.
The book consistently offers step-by-step procedures with screen shots, so there is no mistaking what needs to be done to accomplish a desired result. Each chapter also ends with a troubleshooting guide, addressing the most common troublespots for the subject matter of the chapter.
The index and table of contents are thorough and well organized, making the book a valuable desktop tool for learning as you go, quickly checking to get detailed procedures, or to see if the authors have a more efficient way of using the program. The authors also provide links to the best of the many WordPerfect resources on the Web.
The book does not cover use of the suite's other major components such as the QuattroPro spreadsheet and Presentations, nor of add-on packages in the profession-specific WordPerfect editions, but does cover use of the CorelCentral personal information manager. The book also does not cover macro writing using Visual Basic for Applications, which is new to WordPerfect and still not adequately implemented as of Service Pack 2. It does, however, cover macro writing with PerfectScript, the traditional WordPerfect scripting language.
If you just want to learn to install WordPerfect and write a few letters, you might look elsewhere for a tutorial. But if your goals include becoming an expert in WordPerfect 9, the anchor component of the integrated WordPerfect Office 2000 suite, this book will help you achieve that goal.
You probably will not read this book in bed; it's best kept beside your computer where you can try out the techniques.
Paul E. Merrell, Links Administrator, WordPerfect Universe,
Frankly, I've never used a book before to help me with a software package. I always figured that the Help Screens and/or the manual were more than enough. This book might convince me to change my mind.
But this book has done much more than that. The authors have provided an extremely well-written volume, filled with valuable insights. Instead of taking the standard "let's run down the menus" approach, they have given us a book filled with practical examples, excellent tips, and just plain good writing. I quickly picked up a handful of tricks that made my work easier and impressed my client!
The authors deserve praise for this excellent work, and computer book publishers everywhere should take notice. Hey guys, it IS possible to publish good stuff!!!
I particularly like the tear-out guide in the front, which includes great project-oriented information for those conducting a job search: using the provided templates, keeping contact information, and looking for a job on the Internet. (However, I suspect that anyone who learns to use WordPerfect as expertly as possible from using this book will not be out of a job-hunting for long!)
Once again, Laura & Read have pulled off a very easy-to-read yet comprehensive guide covering all of the program's basic features and quite a bit of advanced functionality too!
I recommended this book as a good reference to keep handy at your desk.
This book is one that I would take to the office (or maybe not - then people would think that I was the genius) and recommend to others.
I enjoyed the book and found it very informative.
BTW - what is that (flyleaf?). The color pages at the begining of the book and can you make more featuring other office functions i.e. Order, Invoicing, and Accts Rec and tie it all together as you did with the Job Search? I loved that!
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