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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing., October 4, 2011
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This review is from: Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac: Visual QuickStart (Visual QuickStart Guide) (Paperback)
I skipped updating from Ofc2004 to Ofc2008; I couldn't give up Visual Basic and SL was fine. Now, I have to update to Lion for another program and am updating to Ofc2011. I had previously purchased Quickstart Guides and this one seemed priced right - but I'm disappointed.
THREE IMMEDIATE NEGATIVES:
1. Prior Quickstarts (admittedly photo editing) have glossy paper with color images. This has plain paper with monochrome images - nobody uses b&w monitors anymore; why monochrome instructions? How do "Sparklines" display? (I know, $ .... But I'm disappointed. Blame the publisher, not the author.)
2. Visual Basic. Since Ofc2011 brought back VB I really wanted a handy reference to what changes were made and how. This guide has NOTHING on how to use VB. NOTHING! There is just one paragraph announcing the return - on page 4. (Blame the author here!)
3. Only 30 of the more than 300 Excel Functions are identified --
(Yes, I could have perhaps realized 2&3 weren't covered if I had studied the Table of Contents more....blame me.)
BUT, A POSITIVE:
Generally, for the subjects that are addressed, the guide is well-written, clear, and good enough to keep as a quick reference. I'll probably end up buying a more advanced guide for VB, though....it depends on how good the built-in Help function is in Ofc2011.

CONCLUSION: Good, worthwhile, for beginners, but only OK for more experienced users.
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