Word Pocket Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2002
Pages: 160

Microsoft Word -- the ubiquitous word processing program we all know and love. So rich in features is Word, that regardless of your level of expertise, there's always more you can master. Whether you are a power user, help desk staff, or anyone who wants to use advanced shortcuts or solve problems, you'll want to keep a copy of the Word Pocket Guide nearby.Packed with information, this compact guide is a useful, condensed tool that covers Microsoft Word's keyboard shortcuts, user interface, commands, and tasks. This handy little book is easy to use anywhere -- it's the perfect quick reference for all users who want to complete tasks faster without having to plow through a thousand-page tutorial.The Word Pocket Guide covers Word 2002, 2000, and 97. It includes:

  • A brief explanation of how Word works behind the scenes
  • An extensive guide section for common tasks as well as little-known solutions
  • Reference tables for keyboard shortcuts, regular expressions, and common file locations
If you're new to Word, this book will get you up to speed quickly. If you consider yourself an advanced user, you'll be surprised and pleased with some of the new Word tricks this book will teach you.
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Did you ever need a quick reference on the road? You know you can't lug a big manual. What's a busy road warrior to do? Pack a Pocket Guide.

The format of the book is exceptional. It is written in a manner that is very easy to understand, reference and use. I like the step-by-step directions, e.g., Tools --> Options --> Edit --> etc.

This saves time. It's visual rather than a cumbersome narrative. It tells me to go to this site and click on this item.

I found information early in the book that I could use immediately -- like understanding the horizontal ruler and the control tabs. The directions for setting and using the tabs were clear and concise. I now have a better understanding of the parts of the indent markers and the difference between the first line indent and the hanging indent. Before it was hit and miss for me and I was never exactly sure how to accomplish what I wanted done. The section on paragraph formatting was very helpful.

I am delighted with the section that explains copying multiple items to the Office Clipboard. Until reading this, I was not aware that I could place and use more than one item on the clipboard at a time. This is definitely a time saving feature that I will use often.

I found the sections that address establishing and customizing the format of the menu bars helpful. I had a lot to learn. By customizing the tool bars, I now can easily find what I need. And, now I know what the buttons do.

My favorite part is the list of shortcut keyboard commands. I never thought that I would use them but I find it saves so much time over using the mouse to pull down a menu and selecting individual items. I have the book in front of me so I can refer to this list and am learning new commands daily. The compact size of the book is a plus. I can always find a place for it on my desk.

I would strongly recommend this book to everyone who uses Microsoft Word.

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