From the Back Cover
The Exploring System: Moving You Beyond the Point and Click!
The goal of the Exploring Series is to teach more than just the steps to follow to accomplish a task. Exploring also teaches you the theoretical foundation you need to understand when and why to apply the skills you learnin this class. This way, you achieve a deeper understanding of each application and can apply this criticalthinking beyond Office and the classroom.
Exploring is a book you can use as a tool to easily identify essential information, and learn it efficiently.
• Objective Mapping enables you to easily find where each objective is in the chapter.
• Key Terms are pulled out and defined in the margins, helping to ensure you learn terminology.
• Hands-On Exercises throughout each chapter allow you to apply what you learned for immediate reinforcement.
A media tool bound in your book to help you complete exercises from each chapter
• Set-Up Videos provide an introduction to the Case Study and the skills you’ll learn in the Hands-On Exercises in each chapter.
• Student Data Files needed to complete the projects in the book.
• Compass is a searchable database of skills, providing videos and at-a-glance reminders of how to complete a skill.
Companion Website: www.pearsonhighered.com/exploring
An interactive website featuring self-study tools to help you succeed in this course
• Online Study Guide enables you to practice what you’ve learned by answering auto-graded questions.
• Glossary of key terms reinforces terminology as you learn the language of computing.
• Chapter Objectives Review for a quick overview.
• Web Resources include links to Microsoft® Office Online Help and How-To documents.
• Student Data Files needed to complete the projects in the book.
About the Author
Dr. Robert T. Grauer, Creator of the Exploring Series
Bob Grauer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems at the University of Miami, where he is a multiple winner of the Outstanding Teaching Award in the School of Business, most recently in 2009. He has written numerous COBOL texts and is the vision behind the Exploring Office series, with more than three million books in print. His work has been translated into three foreign languages and is used in all aspects of higher education at both national and international levels. Bob Grauer has consulted for several major corporations including IBM and American Express. He received his Ph.D. in operations research in 1972 from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
Mary Anne Poatsy, Series Editor
Mary Anne is a senior faculty member at Montgomery County Community College, teaching various
computer application and concepts courses in face-to-face and online environments. She holds a B.A.
in psychology and education from Mount Holyoke College and an M.B.A. in finance from Northwestern
University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Mary Anne has more than 12 years of educational experience. She is currently adjunct faculty at
Gwynedd-Mercy College and Montgomery County Community College. She has also taught at Bucks
County Community College and Muhlenberg College, as well as conducted professional training. Before
teaching, she was vice president at Shearson Lehman in the Municipal Bond Investment Banking
Dr. Keith Mulbery, Consulting Series Editor and Excel Author
Dr. Keith Mulbery is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor in the Information Systems and
Technology Department at Utah Valley University (UVU), where he teaches computer applications, C#
programming, systems analysis and design, and MIS classes. Keith also served as Interim Associate Dean,
School of Computing, in the College of Technology and Computing at UVU.
Keith received the Utah Valley State College Board of Trustees Award of Excellence in 2001, School of
Technology and Computing Scholar Award in 2007, and School of Technology and Computing Teaching
Award in 2008. He has authored more than 15 textbooks, served as Series Editor for the Exploring Office
2007 series, and served as developmental editor on two textbooks.
Keith received his B.S. and M.Ed. in Business Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University
and earned his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Business Information Systems at Utah State
University. His dissertation topic was computer-assisted instruction using Prentice Hall’s Train and Assess IT program to supplement traditional instruction in basic computer proficiency courses.
Michelle Hulett, Word Author
Michelle Hulett received a B.S. degree in CIS from the University of Arkansas and an M.B.A. from
Missouri State University. She has worked for various organizations as a programmer, network administrator, computer literacy coordinator, and educator. She currently serves as a Senior Instructor in the CIS department and Director of International Business Programs at Missouri State University.
When not teaching or writing, she enjoys flower gardening, traveling (Alaska and Hawaii are favorites), hiking, canoeing, and camping with her husband John, dog Dakota, and any friends or neighborhood kids who tag along.
Cynthia Krebs, PowerPoint Author
Cynthia Krebs is the Director of Business and Marketing Education and a professor in the Digital Media
Department at Utah Valley University (UVU). In 2008, she received the UVU College of Technology and
Computing Scholar Award. She has also received the School of Business Faculty Excellence Award twice
during her tenure at UVU. Cynthia teaches the Methods of Teaching Digital Media class to future teachers, as well as classes in basic computer proficiency, business presentations, business graphics, and introduction to digital media.
Cynthia is active in Utah Business and Computer Education Association,Western Business Education
Association, the National Business Education Association, and the Utah Association of Career and
Technical Educators. In 2009/2010, she served on the Executive Board of UACTE, as President of UBCEA,
and as Computer Workshop Chair for WBEA. She was awarded the WBEA Outstanding Educator at the
University Level in 2009. Cynthia has written multiple texts on Microsoft Office software, consulted with
government and business, and has presented extensively at the local, regional, and national levels to professional and business organizations.
Cynthia lives by a peaceful creek in Springville, Utah.When she isn’t teaching or writing, she enjoys
spending time with her children, spoiling Ava and Bode, traveling with friends, and reading.
Keith Mast, Access Author
Keith A. Mast develops a wide range of Access applications that solve challenging business problems and
improve efficiency. His solutions help businesses and organizations in manufacturing, pharmaceutical,
financial services, and agriculture, among other industries. Clients include Visible Filing Concepts, Inc.;
Moyer’s Chicks, Inc.; Marcho Farms, Inc.; TCM America, Inc.; LANsultants, Inc.; Spector, Roseman,
Kodroff, & Willis, PC; Heinz, Inc.; DuPont; and Sony Entertainment. He is an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, continuing his long-standing love of teaching and exemplified by his prior experience as a high school teacher, business school instructor, and Access seminar leader.
Keith promotes the ethical standards of the consulting profession both in how Mast Consulting, LLC deals with its clients and as an active volunteer leader of the Independent Computer Consultants Association of the Delaware Valley.
Keith resides in Norristown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. In his free time, he enjoys biking, running,
kayaking, ballroom dancing, and being in nature. For more information, visit him on Facebook, LinkedIn, or at www.keithmast.com.
Dr. Lynn Hogan, Office Fundamentals and File Management and
Windows 7 Author
Lynn Hogan has taught in the Computer Information Systems area at Calhoun Community College for
29 years. She is the author of Practical Computing and has contributed chapters for several computer
applications textbooks. Primarily teaching in the areas of computer literacy and computer applications,
she was named Calhoun’s outstanding instructor in 2006. She received an M.B.A. from the University of
North Alabama and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Lynn resides in Alabama with her husband
and two daughters.