Microsoft Office 2010: Illustrated Introductory, First Course by David W. Beskeen, Carol Cram, Jennifer Duffy, Lisa Friedrichsen is one of the best text book on MS Office suite. Instructors love for its visual and flexible way to build computer skills. It is ideal for teaching Microsoft Office 2010 to both computer newbies and advanced users.
The books is praised high for its ‘easy to follow’ and ‘easy to absorb’, two-page-spread lessons. The design appeals to a wide variety of learning styles. Large, full-color illustrations represent how the students’ screen should look. The increased coverage of research in Word Unit D gives students hands-on experience crafting research papers, helping students to retain and apply skills outside of the classroom. End-of-chapter Independent Challenges and Visual Workshops make concepts relevant for users and easier to understand through hands-on applications and detailed explanations.
Apart from these salient features, we can’t forget to mention the Quick Tips and Trouble boxes within the step-by-step instructions that help students avoid typical errors and pitfalls. Clues to Use boxes offer concise information that expands on the lesson skill or describes a related task, adding context to skills and concepts.
I liked its arrangement of contents such as Each two-page spread focuses on a single skill, making information easy to follow and absorb. Concise text introduces the basic principles of the lesson and integrates a case study for further application.
There are hundreds of readers who found this book useful and suggest to get this one if you wish to learn Microsoft Office suite or preparing any examination based on Office Applications such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook and Web Apps. Katie bought spiral bound format of this book and says:
It helped me along in my classes. If you have any question or trouble with a document it has specific details that go along with the documents.
The content, design and the presentation of book are greatly suitable as the first course for anybody learning Office applications. However, there are some complains that the front cover of book is not made nice. Neptune bought spiral-bound format of this book and has grumble such as:
The front fell off really easy and now I can’t sell it back
David W. Beskeen has authored or co-authored numerous computer books since 1992, including over 25 titles for Course Technology. David has written on PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, Outlook, Windows, Livemotion, and other proprietary software packages. David also has teaching and consulting experience in the computer technology field.
Carol M. Cram is the author of over 35 textbooks on computer applications, business communications, and Internet-related subjects. Carol is also a long-time faculty member at Capilano College in North Vancouver, where she is currently the Convenor of the Executive Support Program, the Program Consultant for Business and Computers in Continuing Education, and an instructor of business and computer-related courses.
Jennifer Duffy is a freelance writer who lives and works in New Hampshire. She has been writing for Course Technology for ten years, including four editions of Microsoft Word Illustrated for the popular Office series. Jennifer has worked successfully in the business world as a writer, editor, and public relations liaison. She brings her business knowledge, Word expertise, and writing skills to this book.
Lisa Friedrichsen is a Professor at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas where she teaches database and Web-related classes. As an author, Lisa has written several Access, Office, and Web-related textbooks. Lisa has developed many relational database systems in the fields of marketing, healthcare, and education.Elizabeth Eisner Reding has authored many books for Course Technology on a variety of software programs, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Publisher.
UNIT A Getting Started with Windows 7 – 3
UNIT B Understanding File Management – 22
UNIT A Understanding Essential Computer Concepts – 22
UNIT A Getting Started with Internet Explorer 8 – 28
UNIT A Getting Started with Microsoft Office 2010 – 52
UNIT A Creating Documents with Word 2010 – 68
UNIT B Editing Documents – 81
UNIT C Formatting Text and Paragraphs – 81
UNIT B Building and Using Queries – 81
UNIT C Using Forms – 81
UNIT D Using Reports – 81
UNIT B Integrating Word Excel and Access – 81
UNIT A Creating a Presentation in PowerPoint 2010 – 81
UNIT B Modifying a Presentation – 81
UNIT C Inserting Objects into a Presentation – 81
UNIT D Finishing a Presentation – 81
UNIT D Formatting Documents – 81
UNIT A Getting Started with Excel 2010 – 81
UNIT B Working with Formulas and Functions – 81
UNIT C Formatting a Worksheet – 81
UNIT D Working with Charts – 81
UNIT A Integrating Word and Excel – 81
UNIT A Getting Started with Access 2010 – 81
UNIT C Integrating Word Excel Access and PowerPoint – 81
UNIT A Getting Started with EMail – 81
UNIT B Managing Information Using Outlook – 81
Appendix Web Apps Working with Windows Live and Office Web Apps – 81
Glossary – 81
Index – 82
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