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Using Microsoft Office XP (Special Edition) Paperback – 22 May 2001

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  • Paperback: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: QUE; Special Ed edition (22 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789725134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789725134
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 5.7 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,212,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

With this edition of Special Edition Using Office XP there is a continual emphasis on realistic applications and uses of the program features. While there are many other big books in the Office market today, there are few that tailor coverage uniquely for the intermediate to advanced Office user as Special Edition Using does, delivering more focused value for the customer. It has been updated to reflect Office XP's Smart tags, collaboration features, speech and dictation tools, built-in recovery features, "add network place" wizard and much more

About the Author

Ed Bott is a best-selling author and award-winning computer journalist with more than 15 years of experience in the personal computer industry and on the Web. For the past decade he was responsible for PC Computing magazine's extensive coverage of every conceivable flavor of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. If you lined up every book Ed has written (all published by Que), they'd take up more than six feet of shelf space. Ed is a three-time winner of the Computer Press Award, and he and Woody Leonhard won the prestigious Jesse H. Neal Award, sometimes referred to as "the Pulitzer Prize of the business press," in back-to-back years for their work on PC Computing's "Windows SuperGuide." He lives in an extremely civilized corner of the Arizona desert with his wife, Judy, and two amazingly smart and affectionate cats, Katy and Bianca.

Woody Leonhard describes himself as a "Certified Office Victim." With 17 (or is it 18?) computer books under his belt, he's seen parts of Office that would curl your hair. Woody's best known as the publisher of Woody's Office Watch, the feisty, weekly, no-holds-barred (and absolutely free) electronic newsletter that specializes in holding Microsoft's feet to the fire. More than half a million people subscribe to WOW and Woody's other newsletters on Windows, Palm-like handheld computers, and more ( He and his cohorts are also responsible for "Woody's Office POWER Pack," the number-one add-on to Microsoft Office. Woody has won eight Computer Press Awards and, with Ed, two American Business Press Association awards. He and his son recently gave up the Colorado mountain scene, and now bask in the glorious sun on Phuket Island, Thailand.

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After upgrading to Office XP and previously used "Woody Leonhards teaches Office 2000 book", which was great, I chose to purchase his "Special Edition using Office XP", written with Ed Bott. This book seems massive at first, but it is written in very understandable language and I could not do without it next to my PC. The authors assume that you have at least some nodding acquaintance with Windows software - so if you are a complete novice then the Office 2000 book would be more suitable.
The addition of WOPR XP/2002 software, which comes as a free download (fully licensed), when you purchase the book is worth the price of the book alone!! Great value for money and these guys do know their stuff. Do not hesitate, either buy it for yourself or drop hints for someone to buy this as a gift.
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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2004
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Nice if you want to learn the more advanced features Office, like how to create a macro or use VB. Otherwise if you just use office to do tasks such as add a chart to a spreadsheet, this is probably not for you. Hence not really for the beginner
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive - The Best Book I've Seen on Office XP 14 Jun. 2001
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One of the biggest issues I face is when receiving a new version of Microsoft Office, is asking the question, "What's changed and why do I need it?".
Well, I actually bought this book a couple weeks ago, and as a result, have purchased Office XP Professional, which I am thoroughly happy with. This book, Special Edition Office XP helped me understand what the differences in Office versus prior versions are and how I can apply them to my daily work. While the table of contents listed here on the detail page talks about Office 10, it does appears that the book was written on a release candidate beta. The book addresses all the issues I had that Microsoft's own marketing machine couldn't.
Woody Leonard and Ed Bott are both extrememly well known, but it seems their years of experience with Office have paid off, at least from what I am seeing in this book.
There is extensive coverage on all the key areas of Office XP I'd recommend taking a strong look at these key components of the book:the table of contents, the index, the notes, the "cautions" and the tips from Ed & Woody throughout the book. This book is also packed with a lot more than the similiar product from Microsoft Press. I was really disappointed with their product after comparing the two side-by-side. Thanks goes to the authors and the publisher for making my job a lot easier and thanks for an outstanding book.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Better Reference Can Be Found 13 April 2002
By Christine Curtis - Published on
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In my opinion Que publishes the best resources on the market and this book does not disappoint. Woody Leonhard and Ed Bott are two of the most highly respected authorities on Microsoft Office and Windows. The book is packed with solid instruction, readable, and written with a sense of humor. Woody pulls no punches and when something is quirky in the program application, he doesn't gloss over it. Loaded with tips and work arounds.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the less than expert 6 Feb. 2003
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I am a long time Microsoft Office user on the Macintosh computer and recently switched to a PC and Office XP.
This book is not the manual that was not included with Office XP. It is encyclopedic(1100+pages) in its coverage of the programs in Office and also include commentary on Visual Basic and Front Page which is not included as far as I can tell in the great majority of Office packages, if any.
Like many encyclopedias the book's detail often results in incoherence. The authors assume that the reader is familiar not only with the Microsoft Office program but with Office's many and sometimes arcane features. This results in descriptions of functions that are confusing and often uninformative. For example, the use of text boxes in Word is given very limited coverage with no clear explanation what a text box is and that you need to use the print layout view in order to actually see the text box in position. There are numerous other examples of poorly introduced and explained features and concepts.
Furthermore, the book integrates tips signed by the authors throughout the text. Some of these are useful, others however added little to my understanding--in my limited use thus far. However, the repeated faux signatures of Ed and Woody alongside the tips is distracting and frankly drives me crazy. How many times do I have to be told that this tip is from the authors-who else would it be from?
This book may be useful to very experienced Office users-though they probably don't need it-but is not a very helpful text to office neophytes and intermediate users.
12 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woody is still the best 20 Sept. 2001
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There are dozens of doorstop sized books on the market. Use the others to stop doors. Use this one to get the job done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wating to see... 4 Jun. 2001
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Dear Readers,
It may be premature for me to write a review of a book that has not even come into stock yet, but I just couldn't resist!
Before I get started with my review, I have a question. Where is PhotoDraw? Has this product been omitted from Office XP? There must be some anxious readers out there who have been asking that question as well, and so I am posting it publicly here. Any answers anyone????? I would love to get a response. I have read through Woody and Ed's "Special Edition Using Microsoft Office 2000" book on Office 2000, and absolutely love it. They truly are Office experts.
"Special Edition Using Microsoft Office 2000" is extremely well written, and the table of contects and index are very well organized. Also, there are "signature tips" that are written throughout the book, with the authors' signature beside them. These are most often suggestions and hints that were never before documented, and are incredibly useful. Also, alongside some tips, there are pointers to other parts of the book that go more into depth on a particular subject. For instance, if you are reading about the Office clipboard, there are some comments that point you to other chapters and sections that go into full detail, and will most likely answer your questions before you even have time to ask them!
All-in-all, I think Woody and Ed are wonderful at writing computer books. They have been very successful writing about Office 2000, and I am sure that they will continue this success with their new book on Office XP.
I have just ordered this book, and I am looking forward to receiving it in one to two weeks. I am about to go on a trip to Italy with some of my schoolmates from last year, so when I get back, this book probably will have arrived.
Take care, as always,
P.S. Since these books can be so large (this one has 1,184 pages!), it can seem a daunting task to read. However, don't try to read this book cover to cover in one setting. You can read bits and pieces at different times, and this book also serves well as a reference.
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