Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Getting Started with Microsoft Office 2007
Integrating Office Programs
One of the main advantages of Office is integration , the ability to share information between
programs. Integration ensures consistency and accuracy, and it saves time because you don’t
have to reenter the same information in several Office programs. The staff at Recycled Palette
uses the integration features of Office daily, including the following examples:
• The accounting department created an Excel bar chart on the previous two years’
fourth-quarter results, which they inserted into the quarterly financial report created in
Word. They included a hyperlink in the Word report that employees can click to open
the Excel workbook and view the original data.
• The operations department included an Excel pie chart of sales percentages by paint
colors on a PowerPoint slide, which is part of a presentation to stockholders.
• The marketing department produced a mailing to promote its recycled paints to local
contractors and designers by combining a form letter created in Word with an Access
database that stores the names and addresses of these potential customers.
• A sales representative wrote a letter in Word about an upcoming promotion for new
customers and merged the letter with an Outlook contact list containing the names and
addresses of prospective customers.
These are just a few examples of how you can take information from one Office pro-
gram and integrate it with another.
Starting Office Programs
You can start any Office program by clicking the Start button on the Windows taskbar,
and then selecting the program you want from the All Programs menu. As soon as the
program starts, you can immediately begin to create new files or work with existing ones.
If an Office program appears in the most frequently used programs list on the left side of
the Start menu, you can click the program name to start the program.
Starting Office Programs
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• Click the Start button on the taskbar.
• Click All Programs.
• Click Microsoft Office.
• Click the name of the program you want to start.
• Click the name of the program you want to start in the most frequently used programs
list on the left side of the Start menu.
You’ll start Excel using the Start button.
To start Excel and open a new, blank workbook:
1. Make sure your computer is on and the Windows desktop appears on your screen.
Trouble? If your screen varies slightly from those shown in the figures, your com-
puter might be set up differently. The figures in this topic were created while running
Windows Vista with the Aero feature turned off, but how your screen looks depends on
the version of Windows you are using, the background settings, and so forth.