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VINE VOICEon 31 December 2010
For about 20 years now, most employers have assumed that there is no need to give their staff any training on the Microsoft Office applications that they use every day. It's collective lunacy - all the apps are packed with options and facilities, so if you know them well, you can produce much better work in much less time. But if you asked your manager for training in Word or Outlook you'd get the same kind of look as if you'd asked for basic training in English or Maths. So what to do? In theory you can use Microsoft's multifarious web sites to learn, but that's not as effective as it might be. The answer for much of of those 20 years was simple - just go and buy the right book by Woody Leonhard, an independent author whose books shone a bright light through the Microsoft marketing waffle and helped you to use the applications properly. I've been a fan since his book on Word 6, and must have bought about 4 of his other books. Woody no longer writes Office books, but Ed Bott worked with him on the last couple, and clearly knows what to do. Working with the resources of Microsoft behind him is probably a good thing.

After starting a new job where Office 2010 is used, I ordered this book, and this is a preliminary review which I'll update later.

The book covers the subset of Office apps which you're most likely to use (or at least be able to use) - Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Outlook. It's long, but the thin glossy paper used keeps it quite thin (though pretty heavy). The first 186 pages (20% of the book) are Office fundamentals - things that you can use in all of the apps. You then get around 100 pages on each app (150 for Word), followed by 90-odd pages on Sharing and Collaborating. Judging from an initial look at the Fundamentals and Word sections, the information is as clear and well-chosen as I expected - and reflects the Woody L heritage with just the occasional joke. You also get free access to an O'Reilly Safari version, so if you use Office 2010 in multiple places, you don't have to transport the book.

Buy it, then skim through it to see what's there. Then read it in spare moments and take advantage of what you learn. Don't lend it to anyone - you may never see it again.
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on 21 January 2011
The book is heavy, but it contains lots of useful info. It is a massive undertaking to write a book about MS Office 2010. Usually people only write about 1 application, i.e. Word only, or Excel only. But this book contains all of them: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and One Note!
There are a lot in common between Office apps, such as editing/formatting text and dealing with graphics. These are covered in the beginning of the book, in Part 1. Part 2 to 6 explain each Office app one by one: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and One Note. Each part contains 4 chapters: 1 covering the basics, 2 covering specific tasks and the last one (called the Inside Out) covers the advanced stuff.
Because it covers 5 apps within MS Office, I thought the content would be thinly spread. But I was surprised with how detailed the coverage was. The book is full of useful tips which save my time. I didn't believe there was a book which could claim "this is for people who never use Office" and "this is for people who has used Office for 10 years". But this book does both. No wonder it's so heavy (literally). I have used Office for 20 years and not for 1 second I believed I needed an book on MS Office. But on the contrary, I found lots of useful info in this book. Things that I didn't know. I would recommend this book even if you think you already know MS Office.
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on 15 July 2011
This is a very comprehensive book on Microsoft Office 2010. As always, the Inside Out Books are great for reference on Microsoft products. And Ed Bott is a great author as he seems to have that unique gift of explaining complex tasks in a form that makes it seem easy. You certainly won't be disappointed if you buy this book whether you are a professional or novice this book fulfills both needs.
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on 11 July 2011
Very good book, just at my level - Self taught, medium(ish) knowledge. I like the format and the narrative is not too technical therfore easy to read and digest.
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on 20 May 2011
I am not an expert but I am trying to be and this book is a great help towards that goal
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on 25 September 2011
This book is great. I bought it as I use Office 2010 at work and have it at home so wanted to find out about some features.
Worth buying as you can use it for reference.
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on 4 September 2011
An excellent Book on MS Office 2010. Covers the most used applications - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and One Note. Comprehensive and covers just about everything you would want to know about Office 2010. Goes into enough detail and depth to give a great insight into the suite capabilities, without being technical or boring. Easily understood, without being patronizing. Well worth the money considering its size and coverage. Highly recommended.
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on 10 September 2013
A comprehensive text based document that explains the Office 2010 products well. It is difficult with the Kindle version to see sopme of the graphics accompanying the text but this does not impair the general guidance provided. A useful reference text as well as first time description of the working of Office 2010. Does not include Access.
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on 22 February 2013
On receipt of this book, the first thing I noticed was how detailed every application is throughly explained. Its a great reference book even if you know abit anyway. Somethings I never knew I could do with excel or word. Recommended if you want to know the in's and out of Office 2010
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on 26 January 2014
I bought this book to keep at work as my employer had just changed to Office 2010. I'd recently undertaken an office 2010 course so have a very good knowledge of Office 2010. I find this book easy to read and easy to use. I would say if you are new to office 2010 (i.e. basic level)then this book is good as an overview but if you need to know about the Office 2010 products in depth (i.e. expert level) then this is the wrong book.
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