Office 2010 Inside Out Is the Manual You Wish You Got
Getting a new laptop with all the applications installed often means you are not getting a manual for all those applications. Of course, who reads the manual?
Most people I know can count on the fingers of one hand when they referred to documentation supplied by the computer manufacturer or software publisher. However, when a software package, such as Microsoft Office 2010, has so many neat features and so many mystifying ones (“What happened to the…?”), a comprehensive manual can only be a plus.
Microsoft offers a library of books covering various software, targeted at a variety of users. Some of the books are excellent for new users and the technologically-challenged (the “Plain & Simple” and “Step by Step” series), others are for advanced users.
For those looking for a truly comprehensive manual that includes a picture of one of the author’s cats, the right book is Office 2010 Inside Out by Ed Bott (the cat owner) and Carl Siechert. Comprising 936 pages Inside Out serves as an introduction to Office, Excel, Word, Outlook, OneNote, and PowerPoint.
Well organized and detailed to a fault, Office 2010 Inside Out is a reference that will save the reader/user time, while learning how to use and work around the programs that make up Office 2010. It is not a book you want to sit down and read; instead, use it as a reference supporting what is already known, and to learn specific features and functions.
Back in the dark ages, when I taught DOS classes, I would advise my adult students to occasionally open an instruction book to a random page, and read a little bit of it. If it’s of interest, keep reading, but don’t read too much—try out a new technique. Office 2010 Inside Out is made for that type of research.
In addition to mastering skills like document layout, fabulous presentations, and incredible spreadsheets, the authors offer their favorite short-cuts and tricks. There is a lot to digest in Office 2010 Inside Out, but it is definitely the resource you want to have when you’re stuck.