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Word Pocket Guide 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0596006846
ISBN-10: 0596006845
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About the Author

Walter Glenn is a freelance consultant, writer, and editor in Huntsville, Alabama. He has been working in the computer industry for over a decade and provides solutions for small-to medium-sized businesses. Walter is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Trainer who specializes in Internet and networking technologies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (May 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596006845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006846
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,266,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Todd Hawley on December 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
There are many times I'll be in the middle of doing something in Word and not know the command to do a specific task. It would take me too long to search for it in the Word help files. With this pocket guide, I no longer need to worry about it as I can flip through this book to find what I need. This is easy to do since the book is divided into four main parts. Part 1 is about the "main parts" of Word: template and document files, shortcut menus, etc. Part 2 devotes itself to "Word tasks," like inserting and editing text, formatting paragraphs and creating lists, inserting objects, working with tables, and so forth. Part 3 is a "command reference," with numerous tables devoted to specific commands. This feature makes it easy to search for a specific command. Part 4 lists online Word resources and other related books.
This pocket guide is truly a "quick and dirty way" to find a command to do a specific Word task that otherwise might take hours to find using conventional Word help or large Word reference guides.
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By A Customer on May 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Word Pocket Guide by Walter Glenn (published by O'Reilly: ISBN 0-596-00445-1) provides brief but adequate reminders for experienced users of Microsoft Word 97 and higher. A handy convention indicates which higher version each item applies to (00+ for Word 2000 and higher; 02+ for Word 2002 and higher). In my opinion, those new to Word would not find enough information in this guide to be efficient users. But for users who need a reminder about a little-used feature or about the structure of Word, the book is ideal. In my quick browsing, I solved two vexing questions, one about the hierarchy of Word's styles and another on how to rotate the text in a table column header. The table of contents is organized in just three levels, and the index is not as complete as one might wish. For example, I had to read through the whole section on Tables to find the "rotating" item because it isn't listed. Also, not every single possible feature and function of Word is included. It's a little book! The author does not explain how he chose what to include and what to omit. But, if you don't find it here, try the built-in Help or go to one of the huge, third-party manuals.
On the other hand, the contents are easy to read even though the type is quite small. The book contains four
parts:
* Part I, Understanding Word (interface, templates, documents, an overview of formatting, an explanation of shortcut menus, and Word's automatic features) reference items, graphics, tables, spelling and other tools, customizing Word, collaborating, and macros)
* Part III, Reference (commands, native formats (file extensions), startup switches, wildcards, find codes, file locations, and keyboard shortcuts)
* Part IV, Word Resources (Internet sites, books, tools, and the index).
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I know many power users of the Microsoft Office Suite - ones who can adjust margins with one or two clicks, or do the "Oooh, wow!" with formatting a page. This book gives you the patented O'Reilly "nutshell" approach - "How do I... " I've been a user of O'Reilly books since the early 1990s, and I must give a thumbs-up to their pocket guides too. The cost of the "In a Nutshell" series have been steadily rising in the last two decades, so these pocket guides distill down the must have info to a cost around $10 (or $15 in some cases).

If you're a power user in training or a Word veteran in need of a reminder, this book is for you. If you are a computer user who can actually learn from the manual, this book will offer you ways of accomplishing Word tasks quickly. However, if you require screenshots of Word to guide you through, this book will not help you - a sense of familiarity with Word is required, and you will not gain it from this Pocket Guide.
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I'm not quite sure who the audience for this book is. If it's for beginners it's too terse to be a general introduction. If it's for advanced users then it spends too much time on the basics. I'd recommend this to anyone who is familiar with the basics of a word processor but unfamiliar with the specifics of Word. It's well organized and written. But I recommend an in-person look at it before purchase.
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Helpful companion to Word
I got this book hoping to understand why Word does some of the things it does and how to do something about it. As I thumbed through it, I was drawn immediately to the "Most Common Word Complaints" section which matched a few of my gripes and explained exactly how to turn them off (automatically creating numbered lists, popup balloons). This book helps find where in the multitude of menus you need to go to set up Word to suit your personal tastes, which for me has not been that easy to find using Word Help.
In my case, moving from Word 97 to Word 2002 introduced a lot of new "features" that (for me) just got in the way, such as the "Paste Options" icon that appears after you paste something into the document and the "Reviewing" bubbles that show up in the document if tracking changes is on. In this pocket guide, it was easy to locate exactly what I was looking for and adjust Word to suit my preferences. To locate anything, I would scan through the index looking for key words and then jump to that page. I think this guide complements Word Help quite well.
A quick note from a Windows user at work and a Mac user at home: This Word guide is for the Windows versions and doesn't mention anything about Word for the Mac platform. However, almost everything in the guide will translate to Word for Mac, you just have to hunt around a little more.
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