Word 2007: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2006
Pages: 524

Microsoft Word has grown considerably in power, sophistication and capability over the past decade, but one thing that hasn't changed since the early '90s is its user interface. The simple toolbar in version 2.0 has been packed with so many features since then that few users know where to find them all. Consequently, more and more people are looking for "insider" tips that will allow them to use these advanced and often hidden features. Microsoft has addressed this problem in Word 2007 by radically redesigning the user interface with a tabbed toolbar that makes every feature easy to locate and use. Unfortunately, Microsoft's documentation is as scant as ever, so even though you will be able to find advanced features, you might not know what to do with them.

Word 2007: The Missing Manual, written specifically for this version of the software, explains basics like how to create documents, enter and edit text, format, print, and fax. You will will also learn how to create sophisticated page layouts, insert forms and tables, use graphics, and create book-length documents with outlines and Master Documents. Coverage also includes how to share documents with other people and programs, create web pages, automate documents with fields, and automate tasks with macros and the Visual Basic scripting language. This book shows you how to do it all.

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Word 2007 - The Manual's No Longer Missing!

By partlake

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This is right on the money! A very readable, very informative book written by someone who knows their subject _ and has a dry sense of humour to boot. Well done Chris Grover! However you approach it, it's equally good: you can use it as a reference manual, skim through to pick up the bits you want (helped by the top-of-the-page index tabs), or just read it cover to cover as I did. There must be countless people like me that use Word every day and are unaware of most of the fantastic things Word can do for you. Word 2007 is a huge step forward from previous editions and has some major differences in how you get things done. This is the perfect opportunity to find out.

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Word 2007: The Missing Manual

By Frederick J Eccher Jr

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Title: Word 2007: The Missing Manual

First Edition: December 2006

Series: The Missing Manuals

ISBN 10: 0-596-52739-X

ISBN 13: 9780596527396

Pages: 522

By Chris Grover

Description

Word 2007: The Missing Manual not only explains basics like how to create documents, enter and edit text, format, print, and fax, but also learn how to create sophisticated page layouts, insert forms and tables, use graphics, and create book-length documents with outlines and Master Documents. Coverage also includes how to share documents with other people and programs, create web pages, automate documents with fields, and automate tasks with macros and the Visual Basic scripting language. This book shows you how to do it all.

The description above is about right. This book explains basics and teaches more advanced concepts. Collaboration and sharing are the main new and important issues with Office 2007, so Word 2007 is an important piece of that pie. I do not know if "This book shows you how to do it all.", but it does show you quite a number of things that are necessary to know to get more out of Word.

My experience agreed with almost everything written. I have been a Word user for many years and find it to be everything I need in a word processing program. I thought the Introduction had a succinct review of the ribbon, Building Blocks, Live Preview, file format changes, and a few others that are really minor changes. Increased security in Word 2007 is welcome but let's wait until the fat lady sings.

The topics start with 'The Missing Credits, then moves to Introduction to Part One (Chapters 1 through 7), Part Two (Chapters 8 through 12), Part Three (Chapters 13 through 16), Part Four (Chapters 17 through 20), and Part Five, the Appendix. All parts are well organized, outlined, and logical.

This is not a complicated book, but has a lot of action in it. If you read it and do what it explains, then many easy actions remain easy instead of not quite so accurate memories of what you should do in certain circumstance. Expressive examples are seen throughout this book.

Chapter 18: Changing your security settings is one of the better chapters. Digital signatures, Trust Center, and Removing Personal Information are worth the cost of the book.

Chapter 19: Introducing macros and visual basic was my favorite chapter. The Developer tab, recording macros, running macros, and testing macros were very well written. Reading Visual Basic code and using Digital signatures were good too. Getting help was well done. I hope developers get a lot of use out of this chapter. Another one that is worth the cost of the book.

The 522+ pages were easy to read and understand, partly told as a story. I read it in 3 days. There were typos and grammar errors, starting on page 4 with 'yougraduate' (in the last paragraph on that page). This should not cause alarm in many books, but Word is one. If this is an editing or printing error, I apologize in advance, but if the author of a book on Word does not use the spelling and grammar checker, or does not believe the red squiggly underline and take action, then this starts to make me feel uneasy about his expertise. I'm not going to go over all the errors, someone else can do that but this is the only one of the four Missing Manual books I have reviewed where I have a concern about the expertise and thoroughness of the author and book.

I would recommend you get this book. It will pay for itself the first time the Internet goes down, you work offline using Word 2007, and you need help. This book can do that for you.

Frederick J Eccher Jr

MBA

M.S. Management of Information Systems

A.B. Psychology

B.A. Biology

CIO, Community Partners

President, Board of Directors, Saint Louis Visual Basic Users Group

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World 2007 The Missing Manual""

By Anonymous

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Word 2007 has been redesigned and upon opening the program you are greeted with a new interface and "The Ribbon".

Word 2007 "The Missing Manual" has been written for those who are just beginning to use Word or for those who want to learn more than just typing letters. It is an ideal book to start learning more about the new interface and some of the more advanced features up to an intermediate level in a plain easy to understand language. The book contains many illustrations to assist you along the way. Covers what's new and how the changes affect the way you work, how to customize Word for your own convenience, create templates and jazz up otherwise boring documents.

A book I thoroughly recommend for those just starting out in Word or for those who simply want to build on their basic knowledge.

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Although I've used Word for a number of years, there is alot of good information in this book to assist one with the transition to the new 2007 version. When I first looked at Word 2007, the look and feel was so very different from what I was use to seeing and I had difficulty finding ways to do some of the everyday things I do in Word. After reading this book and using Word 2007 again, I can find things with great ease. This book is well written and easy to understand.

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