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Microsoft Word 2007
on 25 August 2009
I brought this book about a week ago as like many others I transferred from office 2002 to find it had all completely change and I didn't know where anything was.
The book is designed to lead you step by step through all the tasks you are most likely to need in Word. However each chapter is self contained so it's quite easy to skip to the parts you want. You also get a cd with the practice files on it required for the exercises; however it wasn't as easy to install as it said it was and I had to locate the files manually to get it to run. The exercises are quite detailed and there are illustrations along the way to help you but you can still make mistakes.
The authors are American so again language can be a difficulty for example they don't say full stop they say a period. Oh course I read "press the F3 key and then type a period" which I did, not press F3 and then type a full stop, which they meant. Also on chapter 3 the instructions for putting tab stops on the ruler are all in inches. I couldn't find inches on my version, mine are all in cms. Had a look on Microsoft knowledge base and apparently you can't change them to inches the rulers are displayed in cms. So again you just have to convert the measurements in your head or guess.
With the flaws I would still recommend this book as it has taught me where everything is and I'm already finding it so much easier to work in the 07 version of word. With that said I'm sure there are easier books then this one that can teach you what you want to know, so I would suggest having a look round first.