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Microsoft® Office Word 2007 Step by Step (Step By Step (Microsoft))
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From the Publisher
-Learn how to use Office Word 2007 by taking just the lessons you need or by working from cover to cover--you set the pace
-Includes coverage of all the fundamentals, including editing a document's appearance, working with document layout features, and using collaboration features
-Features easy-to-follow lessons and hands-on skill-building exercises
-Includes a companion CD with practice files and other resources
About the Author
Joyce Cox has 20+ years of experience developing training materials on technical subjects for non-technical audiences, specializing in Office and Windows® technologies.
Joan Lambert is the author of more than a dozen books on Windows® and Office, including several popular STEP BY STEP titles from Microsoft Press®.
Top Customer Reviews
This title is one of a series of "Step by Step" books published by Microsoft Press for the various 2007 Microsoft Office System applications
(I bought both this and the Excel book).
The books are good, but there are a surprising number of errors in the printed content. For example, on page 12 of the Word book, the table listing keyboard shortcuts for moving the insertion point indicates pressing Ctrl + End to move the insertion point to the beginning of the document (the Excel book has tons of errors).
Given who published these books, and the target audience, you'd think they would have been bullet-proofed.
This book depends entirely upon your using the so-called practice files on the CD. If these practice files don't show you what you need to know, you're out of luck. Let's take a look at some examples of how the book works:
The instructions for sending a fax are included in a text box about 3 x 5 inches and tell you virtually nothing about how to send a fax.
Instructions for adding bookmarks and cross-references occupied four pages of text and the only instruction really useful is found in a text box consisting of three sentences.
Instructions for creating and printing labels is covered in four pages of the text and refers you to the different elements of the practice files on the CD. Hopefully the files will show you everything you need to know because the text tells you nothing.
Chapter 6 "instructs" you on working with graphics symbols and equations. Of course it only tells you how to use the practice files.
This book takes up a lot of wasted space in your bookcase. In the interest in conserving both space and money you might want to consider purchasing a teaching disk. These are normally pretty useless things, but no more so than this Microsoft text. I give it one star because it does look impressive sitting on your shelf.
Truly, Microsoft Office Word 2007 Step by Step is very simple to understand, the information and instructions very easy to implement. Don't let the negative reviews mislead you. The "Save Your Money" review, in my opinion, is hardly worthy of notice. Another reviewer commented that there were many "errors in the printed content" and listed one; I'm not sure that I found more than that one. A solid review, on the other hand, noted that there is a "problem with file 04 in Chapter 8 that prevents it from loading into Word," so I suggest using file 03 in Chapter 8 instead as I did.
The book is great! It even includes information on the Microsoft Business Certification Program!
It, as most technical books do, assumes a level of knowledge and context that is not usually available to the new user. I noted a number of times when the text confused my wife, who is a relatively new Word user. She did, however, find the book very useful.
There is a problem with file 04 in Chapter 8 that prevents it from loading into Word. I was unable to find out where and if the correction was posted online. A call to Microsoft was absolutely no help. I am used to having access to corrections online, so was surprised at the inability to find the corrections for this book. The lack of help at Microsoft is more a condemnation of MS than the book, but no help after multiple calls was indeed frustrating.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
considering we ARE in America, this book was very cheaply produced with very poor quality printing; reminds me of the 60's when copyright laws were not so stringent as now and you... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Miguel R. Cardona
Step by Step outperforms other books.. great detail including a CD,. at a fractionof of its original cosrt. I would definitely recommend.Published 5 months ago by jr
Very basic to the level it is hardly useful. No real depth to aid in professional technical writing for those who use this version of Word. Read morePublished 8 months ago by dcoppo.
if you have an older copy of m.s. word, this book should help you--it helped the person i got the book for when she hadn't used this version of word before. Read morePublished 11 months ago by glenn kissinger