- Series: Inside Out
- Paperback: 1100 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (August 25, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735626863
- ISBN-13: 978-0735626867
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.4 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jim Boyce has authored or coauthored more than 45 books about computer hardware and software, including Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Plain & Simple and Microsoft Outlook Version 2002 Inside Out. He is a former contributing editor and monthly columnist for WINDOWS Magazine. He has worked with computers as a programmer and systems manager in a variety of capacities since the 1970s, and has a wide range of experience in the MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Windows NT, and UNIX environments.
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What makes this a tough book to learn from is that no practice files or follow-along content were developed for this book. This is pretty standard practice for these types of books, especially from Microsoft Press, so I was really surprised no such material was developed.
So unless you have lengthy personal documents handy where you can practice making bibliographies, indices, etc., you're left trying to apply the concepts to whatever Word documents you have lying around on your hard drive. Although I did well on the test and probably would not have done so without this book, I spent far more time than I should have on learning the content, because I often had nothing on hand to which I could apply the concepts.
Macros- this book does not prepare you to learn VBA, a subject area for which I bet some people will buy this book. It's well known that no "gold standard" book on Word VBA exists, but all this book does is spend a few pages describing how to record a macro and how to navigate VBE, then directs you to the Word MVP group website to learn VBA by reading posts. The book completely dodges any serious attempt at teaching Word macros.
I also have to point that I ran into more grammatical and spelling errors in this book than I've ever come across in a technology book. Not what you would expect in a word processing book!
The free ebook is a very nice touch (requires free registration on Safari Books Online, well worth it to access the ebook).
I passed the Expert test and this is the only book I used for studying. I started out with a decent working knowledge of Word but without this book I would not have passed the exam.
If you are trying to get Expert certified in Word, this book will do the trick, as long as you stay extremely patient and apply all the concepts while following along. Just grab the longest Word document you have available and you should be able to find ways to make it work.
So I give 3 stars because I have to ding it heavily for lacking practice files and a thorough discussion of macros, offset in part by coming packaged with a free ebook version and the fact that I was able to use it to pass the test.
Regardless, the features doesn't work, but based on this book I thought Outlook 2010 would give me some nice CRM functionlity for my company. The book provides step by step instructions for using this non-existent functionality (there is a detailed section in the book called "Connecting journal activities to individual contacts" teaching us how to connect journal activities to contacts. Figure 22-11 provides a beautiful diagram of the journal entry, having been associated with the contact, now dazzlingly displayed in the contact's activities section, as if somewhere, somehow, this functionality really did exist. The section ends with "this is just one more way outlook 2010 keeps all your information interconnected"). But its not true, the information is not connected, and if you had the information connected in 2007, it is now disconnected. For many users, it makes Office 2010 a downgrade from 2007, and it makes the information on the topic in this book 100% incorrect.
The writing style and language is excellent, not overly technical and easy to read.
The author is clearly quite knowledgeable, but for one reason or another some aspects of Word were skimmed over a little too quickly which I feel stops this book from being a great reference. I think this is one of the smaller of the Office 2010 inside out series and it's lack of detail of some of the more advanced topics is frustrating for me since I was looking for more.
A good book for beginner to intermediate users, but advanced users might be disappointed.