Still the top-selling software suite for Mac users, Microsoft Office has been improved and enhanced to take advantage of the latest Mac OS X features. You'll find lots of new features in Office 2008 for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage, but not a page of printed instructions to guide you through the changes. Office 2008 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual gives you the friendly, thorough introduction you need, whether you're a beginner who can't do more than point and click, or a power user who's ready to tackle a few advanced techniques.
To cover Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage, this guide gives you four superb books in one -- a separate section each for program! You can manage your day and create professional-looking documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in no time. Office 2008 has been redesigned so that the windows, toolbars, and icons blend in better with your other Mac applications. But there are still plenty of oddities. That's why this Missing Manual isn't shy about pointing out which features are gems in the rough -- and which are duds. With it, you'll learn how to:
Navigate the new user interface with its bigger and more graphic toolbars
Use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage separately or together
Keep track of appointments and manage daily priorities with the My Day feature
Create newsletters, flyers, brochures, and more with Word's Publishing Layout View
Build financial documents like budgets and invoices with Excel's Ledger Sheets
Get quick access to all document templates and graphics with the Elements Gallery
Organize all of your Office projects using Entourage's Project Center
Scan or import digital camera images directly into any of the programs
Customize each program with power-user techniques
With Office 2008 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual, you get objective and entertaining instruction to help you tap into all of the features of this powerful suite, so you can get more done in less time.
Chapter 1 Basic Word Processing
Creating and Opening Documents
Word Processing Basics
A Window into Word
Every Conceivable Variation on Saving
Chapter 2 Editing in Word
The Many Ways to Select Text
Moving Text Around
Navigating Your Documents
Finding and Replacing
Spelling and Grammar
Five Ways to Type Less
Chapter 3 Formatting in Word
The Formatting Palette
Chapter 4 Styles, Page Layout, and Tables
Pictures and Drawings
Charts and Spreadsheets
Chapter 5 Working Collaboratively
Chapter 6 Working with Notebooks, Outlining, and Master Documents
Jim Elferdink is co-author of "AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual," wrote "iWork '05: The Missing Manual," and owns Macs for the Masses, a Macintosh consulting company. In former lifetimes a commercial photographer, farm owner, carpenter, and cabinetmaker; currently he enjoys gourmet cooking, digital photography, and racing sports cars. College introduced him to the Mac Plus and to comely professor Joy Hardin. He bought one and married the other. They share a home in the redwoods of far Northern California.
The author wrote most of this book using Dragon Naturally Speaking voice-dictation software (www.nuance.com) on a Windows laptop, then rushed theMicrosoft Word files over the network to a trusty old Power Mac G4 (hot-roddedwith twin pipes and a Columbia butt). The author captured the book's illustra-tions using Ambrosia Software's Snapz ProX (www.ambrosiasw.com) and AdobePhotoshop CS 3 (www.adobe.com) to touch them up.
Sumita Mukherji and Loranah Dimant provided quality control for Office 2008for Macintosh: The Missing Manual. Ron Strauss wrote the index.The cover of this book is based on a series design originally created by DavidFreedman and modifed by Mike Kohnke, Karen Montgomery, and Fitch(www.fitch.com). Back cover design, dog illustration, and color selection by Fitch.David Futato designed the interior layout, based on a series design by Phil Simp-son. This book was converted by Keith Fahlgren to FrameMaker 5.5.6. The textfont is Adobe Minion; the heading font is Adobe Formata Condensed; and thecode font is LucasFont's The Sans Mono Condensed. The illustrations that appearin the book were produced by Robert Romano and Jessamyn Read using Macro-media FreeHand MX and Adobe Photoshop CS.
Comments about O'Reilly Media Office 2008 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual:
Not a bad basic book but there are missing sections. they say they have a list of menu by menu in the back but many calendar and address books menus are not there. So when you are trying to understand a menu in entourage, it may not be there.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend