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Office 2011 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual [Paperback]

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Pogue Press (2010)
  • ASIN: B0084KHVOQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Reviewed by C J Singh

As a longtime Windows user, but a newbie to Apple products, I have been comparing guides in the University of California, Berkeley, libraries. After studying David Pogue's Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual ; Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual; iPhone: The Missing Manual: the fourth edition and comparing them with several other guides, I've become a fan of the "missing manual" series. So, I pre-ordered "Office 2011 for the Mac: The Missing Manual" by Chris Grover.

The 789-page missing manual covers, in detail, all four Office applications: Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. It will serve newbies and intermediate users well. Advanced users are likely to find it too basic, except, perhaps, for an occasional reference.

As a professional editor, I am impressed with the clarity of Chris Grover's writing. It takes high-level skill to achieve this. (No dummy author can write a book in the "for dummies" series -- another good series, despite its reader-denigrating subtitle.) Let's see how Grover introduces two of the basic new features in Office 2011 for the Mac, the Ribbon and Outlook, and two advanced features, Visual Basic Applications and AppleScripts.

The Ribbon: "One of the most visible changes in Office programs is the ribbon -- a supercharged toolbar attached to the top of document windows (Figure I-1).
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I'm sure that what I want to find is in this book (which, I'm certain, did take a lot of effort to write), BUT THE INDEXING IS SO LACKING THAT IT'S A DISCOURAGEMENT TO USE. Out of desperation I've hunted up my OFFICE 2004 for Macintosh, the Missing Manual Series, purchased five years ago. The indexing is better there. Here are just two examples of indexing deficiencies in Office 2011 by Chris Grover, both of which can drive you nuts: 1) Try to find a quick keyboard access to SMALL CAPs from the index. There is no straightforward listing. 2) One more example: Try finding easy access to converting web-style quotes to curly quotes in a lengthy document. Again, there's no direct listing under "quotations" or "formatting characters." I did scare it up under WORD/converting quotes, but "converting" is not the term which first comes to mind when searching the index.... Isn't "quotations" the more natural starting point? I can give other examples of frustration. SORRY, I can't recommend this book. YOU'RE BETTER OFF GOING TO THE HELP FILE in the menu bar.--JM
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I like the Missing Manual series. I like their organization and style, their completeness and linkage to expanded online information.

Office 2011 includes a number of significant changes - mostly for the better - from Office 2008 for the Mac and if you're going to be serious about a reasonable level of expertise, a book beyond one of the fine basic treatments is required. This book is logically organized and well written. Enough said. If you only need the basics this is still great but not necessary. If you're going to go for a more thorough understanding of features, this is well worth your consideration.
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Microsoft Office 2011 is a big leap in Mac world. It is faster, more stable and filled with lots of new features. It has a new look and feel as well. If you are like me, you'd rather stay with old good interface you have gotten used to. On the other hand, world will not wait and you have to follow the trend. This is the place were Office 2011 for Macintosh comes in handy. It helps you adapt to new circumstances, to completely redesigned user interface. I will not discuss the whole book here, because I don't use Outlook and Power Point at all - I simply don't belong to target group for these two products. However, when it comes to Word and Excel I can tell that Chris have done really good job. You will get basic information related to creating documents, templates, manipulating ribbon (quite useful), using style (believe me, I know people who format documents using Enter and space). Book discusses topics related to references and references management. This is really great feature that Pages '09 miss and makes Office better suited for scientific papers (unless you can not imagine anything else than LaTeX). Huge advantage of 2011 version is Visual Basic that was not available in 2008 edition for Mac. This is really, really huge step forward for Microsoft Office in Mac world. It makes this suite even more interesting. Chris touches slightly this topic, however you will be left unfulfilled. I'd recommend here Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Visual Basic for Applications Step by Step instead - if you are interested in Visual Basic programming. However, it's nice of Chris that he touches this topic as it is definitely worth mentioning. What I have found really interesting was explanation of pivot tables. Pivot tables are the endless topic of miss understanding. Lots of people can not get used to use them.Read more ›
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