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Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks:

Using Microsoft® Office to Create Content That Gets Noticed

Stephanie Krieger

Stephanie Krieger brings a very usefull resource for experienced Microsoft Office users on both platforms – Microsoft Office 2010 and/or  Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. This book is a comprehensive guide to advanced document and template production, troubleshooting, and customization using Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Throughout this book, you’ll learn about new features in both Office 2010 and Office 2011. You’ll also learn about new technologies and related tools available to users on both platforms. What this book
is about is helping you to put what you already know,  together with both new and existing methods and concepts to work the way the experts do, giving you the tools to take full advantage of the capabilities in these programs to find the simple solutions. In short, it’s about doing less work, getting better results, and expanding your possibilities.

This book is devided into 5 parts and 24 chapters:
Part I Document Essentials

Part II Word

Part III PowerPoint

Part IV Excel

Part V Templates, Automation, and Customization

Chapters with most important content:
- Collaborating and Sharing When and Where You Choose

- Doing More with Less Work: Key Cross-Program Features

- Building Easy-to-Manage, Robust Documents

- Managing Graphics

- Sections

- Dynamic Content

- Creating Presentations: From Theme to Master to Slide

- Creating Multimedia Presentations

- Data-Based Documents: Formatting and Managing  Worksheets

- Data Visualization

- The Many Faces of Microsoft Office Templates

- VBA Primer

- Office Open XML Essentials

A number of sample files are available for working with the tasks discussed in several chapters throughout this book. Additionally, the companion content for this book includes a selection of
bonus content on topics not specifically addressed in the book itself. You’ll see references to the sample files and bonus content where applicable throughout the book, and a complete list follows.

Following are a few examples of what you’ll find in the book:

- In Part I of this book, you’ll find guidance for planning effective documents, presentations, and workbooks; sharing content electronically; choosing the best program for the task; and understanding features that make a difference to the content you create in multiple Microsoft Office programs.

- In Chapter 5, “Doing More with Less Work: Key Cross-Program Features,” you’ll learn about a few features, including the incredibly valuable formatting functionality known as themes. You’ll find a thorough introduction to themes that explains not just what they are, but why they are important and how they integrate with features across Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

In Part II, “Word,” you’ll learn about the six features that can enable you to create any document you need and how to put the pieces together to create better documents more easily.

In Part III, “PowerPoint,” you’ll learn how to craft great presentations that are as easy to edit as they are powerful to share, discover how you can do more with Office Art graphics, and get help for taking your presentations to the next level.

In Part IV, “Excel,” explore the documents known as Excel workbooks and the powerful functionality you can include in them, from formatting worksheets and working with data to using charts, tables, data visualizations tools, and PivotTables.

In Part V, “Templates, Automation, and Customization” - here you can learn about creating and sharing templates for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, but you can also discover new ways to both simplify and expand on your use of Microsoft Office.

In Chapter 23, “VBA Primer,” and Chapter 24, “Office Open XML Essentials,” you get thorough, detailed introductions to extending Microsoft Office using Microsoft Visual Basic for
Applications (VBA) macros and the technology that underlies the current Word, PowerPoint, and Excel file formats, Office Open XML.

There are changes to the environment and there are changes to the ways in which you can work such as the ability to save documents online (to the
cloud, that is) from directly within Microsoft Office applications, the ability to edit documents online, and the ability to simultaneously edit the same document with others.
One of the best developments in recent versions of Microsoft Office is the proliferation of
features that exist across the suite. It’s easier to get up to speed with a new version when features you learn in one program work the same in others. But, in the long term, it also means you can reuse more content (and formatting) not just between the documents you create in one program but across multiple programs. So you can work more quickly, do less work, and get more consistent results in the process.

Experienced Microsoft Office users have come to depend on features and methods that might have changed or, in a few cases, even disappeared. The more experienced you are, the more frustrating it can be to find and acclimate to the best new method available for a given task. But then again, you might be very pleasantly surprised with what you can do.
The most important advance in Office 2010 or Office 2011 is not the cloud capabilities, the interface, or any individual feature, but rather the way in which features and programs integrate more effectively. Always consider new features and methods to ensure that you are using the best tool for the task. But remember that the goal is not to use as many shiny, new features as you can - the goal is to create better content with less work.

Stephanie Krieger is a Microsoft Office MVP and the author of the books Microsoft Office Document Designer and Advanced Microsoft Office Documents 2007 Edition Inside Out. She has helped many global companies develop enterprise solutions for Microsoft Office on both platforms.  Stephanie Kriegel frequently writes, presents, and creates content for Microsoft.

doc. Arnošt Katolický,  25. 6. 2011, doc.aka@akamonitor.cz