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Priceless Computer Tips at Your Fingertips Paperback – December 9, 2011
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For example, one of the Windows tips is on using Windows 7 Libraries for our mountains of home media (photos, videos, etc.). I'd heard of Libraries and knew what they were. I'd even dabbled with using them once or twice. But Diddee brought a different perspective and usage scenario to my attention, and I can see how it would make a big difference to my family's ability to enjoy our files. My wife constantly complains about my media filing system. Diddee's advice will keep everyone satisfied.
Other passages I found similarly useful include creating templates in Outlook, sheet hide/unhide in Excel, switching between document pages in Word, and searching within a screen image in OneNote. I had no idea that was possible, and I use OneNote daily.
Honestly, I worried that $9.99 might be spendy for an somewhat short ebook, especially when I knew at least half of the tips even before purchasing. But here's the IT manager's way of looking at this: Say you only find ten tips in the whole book that you didn't already know and can put to use. Also assume that each tip might save you a mere ten seconds per week. (I suspect your average will be much higher.) That's 100 seconds saved on a weekly basis, or nearly an hour and a half in the first year alone. How much do you make per hour? The average hourly wage in America is about $20. So you're gaining roughly $30 of productivity per year for a one-time $9.99 charge. That's good return on investment. And like I said, I suspect you'll save a lot more time from Diddee's tips than that -- PLUS you'll discover entirely new things to do with Windows and Office you wouldn't have discovered otherwise.
Diddee's style is simple, efficient, and friendly. The tips are concise, many are well-illustrated, and he often provides links to more information. This is a great resource. You won't regret buying it.
Neither of those serves my purpose when I am having a problem with Windows 7 or Microsoft Word, Excel, or other Microsoft product. I usually just want to get through a software challenge I'm having so I can move on to whatever I want to do like writing this review or doing my family expenses.
In particular, almost everyone needs a book that is simple enough so that when the father-in-law calls on a Friday night with some kind of "my file is missing" problem he can have somewhere else to turn first (Not that I mind your calls Dad, but that's why I bought one of these books for you'.).
Until now there have been very few "just show me how to do this" kinds of books for new computer users, family members, or even so-called experienced computer users like me.
I was pleasantly surprised when "Priceless Computer Tips at your Fingertips" by Sudhir Diddee was recommended to me by a friend in the computer industry. Here's where it's different from other books of its type. It was specifically designed to just tell you exactly what to do with a little hint or tip. Quick frankly it's just like having a computer expert next to you that will just tell you step by step how to get something done.
How do I connect a projector to a Windows computer? How do I check the spelling in an Outlook email? How do I select a whole spreadsheet in Excel? How do I right align a paragraph or how do I create a Hyperlink in Word? How do I open a OneNote side note to take notes about my notes?
There are more than a hundred tips, tips, and techniques (even though it says 99 on the cover) that cover Microsoft Windows 7, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and some extras about a variety of Microsoft products that probably don't warrant their own chapter but are important none the less. Did I mention there are short cheat sheets about the products at the back of the book?
There is a lot of basic information that is either not covered in the user manual because the authors thought you should already know it or it is not readily known. For example, how do you lock your machine using the built in "lock" that Windows offers?
That's the first tip in the book and it's a good one because new users need to understand how important it is to never leave your computer unlocked. The second tip has to do with opening a second document of the same type from the Taskbar, a chore that requires multiple keystrokes and the knowledge of where to look, but here he offers a two-step process that is easy to do. Most important is HOW the author tells you. It's in simple English and each tip is short and to the point.
It's the same page after page. Little snips of information that provide crisp concise information and dabs of graphics to get the job done.
I was also surprised at the number of tips that were either new to me (an experienced user) or long forgotten.
For example I had never heard of a "Jump List" before reading this book. What's a Jump List?
[This is right out of the book] Jump List is one of the best features of Microsoft Windows 7. It's designed to provide you with quick access to the documents and tasks associated with your applications. For example, right-clicking on the Microsoft Outlook icon gives you a few common Outlook options:
* Compose a New E-mail Message
* Set up a New Appointment
* Create a New Task
* Create a New Contact
Or how about connecting to a projector? Almost everyone in my industry (the computer industry) has to do this at some time or another to show off our new PowerPoint presentation. I didn't know this tip either and it's just this easy:
"Priceless Computer Tips at your Fingertips" by Sudhir Diddee is a reference book you need whether you are a nubie or an experienced hand. At $9.99 for the Kindle book and a little over $10 currently for the paperback on Amazon this book is a steal.
When you give your child a computer for the holidays I highly recommend adding one of these books. It's filled with quite of few answers to many of the questions that a new computer user will have. All tips are covered in specific detail and it's written in simple language that a non-computer user can understand. Sudhir has put a lot of thought into what to put in the book and is giving the reader just enough to get the job done.
Priceless Computer Tips at Your Fingertips
One caveat - Microsoft has introduced some BIG changes with Windows 8 and Office 2013, so while MOST of the tips are still fully applicable, one or two may no longer be. That said, considering how much is new with Windows 8, hopefully the author will do an updated version!