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2.0 out of 5 stars as bloated as the software, September 30, 2009
This review is from: Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2007 Inside Out (Paperback)
Outlook is a powerful but confusing program with functions buried deep in menus and difficult to find. I switched back to Outlook after 7 years using Eudora and was looking for a simple, easy to use book to help me quickly learn how to do specific functions. This is not it. The book is over 1000 pages of light gray print with cramped hard to read light gray illustrations. I found some topics difficult to find and many of the explanations overly wordy. The section on backing up data for example is 6 convoluted pages that may put you to sleep before you learn how to do it. The book is loaded with useless commentary such as "Tasks won't do you much good if you just put a few on your task bar and don't really use them". It is from Microsoft Press so there is no mention of any of the programs failings (such as the inability to print a page range) and little mention of 3rd party add-ins. Although the book is comprehensive and some of it served my purpose, it is not the clear, succinct, step by step guide needed to learn the software.
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Initial post: Jan 27, 2010 9:11:20 AM PST
L. S. Marcus says:
Unfortunately, it sounds like you were expecting simple explanations for using an extremely complex application. Coming back to Outlook from Eudora and expecting Outlook to be as simple as Eudora was unrealistic. While many things in Outlook can be done easily and are rather straight-forward, Outlook's power comes from its integration of features and its ability to perform complex tasks. This also means more involved explanations are necessary.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2011 7:39:06 PM PST
paul857 says:
Disagree - I am not expecting Outlook to be simple- I understand why it is complex -- That's why i bought the book. I am reviewing the book not the program. Book is poorly organized and overly verbose.
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