Learn what’s new in the Microsoft Office suite for 2010, with Microsoft Office 2010 Inside Out. The book covers Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and PowerPoint. Start with the “What’s New – What’s Changed” section if you want to dive right in to the software’s new features, or explore all 900 pages in this comprehensive volume.
Those ready for cloud computing will be interested in using Office 2010 via a web browser, or Windows Live SkyDrive free service, for online document storage, which is also explained in the book. Corporate users can get up to speed on collaboration, file sharing and security issues. It isn’t easy to use these features, but Bott and Siechert explain the steps with great care.
Within each of the book’s major sections, the features, functions and tricks of 2010 Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and PowerPoint are fully explored.
If you’re a power user of the Microsoft Office suite, you’ll be glad to know it now has multiple paste formats and the ability to control the fly-away cursor when trying to cut or copy text.
Because this book skips all the cartoons, jokes, and fluff in other publications, you’ll learn much more than you could just browsing through the programs. For example, speech recognition is a built-in function of Windows 7 computers, so dictating in the Office suite now works through the operating system interface. If you still use Windows XP, you won’t be able to use speech recognition if you upgrade to Office 2010.
Another change you many not like is the default paragraph spacing in Word. Why would they change that? I wish I could tell you why, but of course, the book shows you how to return it to the default. In Office 2010 instead of single space, the paragraph spacing is now 1.15 lines after each paragraph. You can change the style back to Word 2003 if the extra spacing doesn’t suit you.
As expected, Word is now a more congenial tool for blog posts. Since the 2007 version, Word can publish straight to your blog. Once you set up your log-in information, clicking “Publish” in a document will post to your blog account. In fact, you can add custom blog templates to your Start menu as a document format. An added advantage to composing your blog posts in Word, of course, is that you can save them locally, or write them offline and upload when you’re ready.