Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 1: Introducing Microsoft Office 2010
Chapter 1
Introducing Microsoft Office 2010
In This Chapter
Starting an Office 2010 program
Learning the Microsoft Office Backstage View
Using the Quick Access toolbar
Learning the Ribbon
Customizing an Office 2010 program
Exiting from Office 2010
Microsoft Office 2010 consists of five core programs: Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. Each of these core programs
specializes in manipulating different data. Word manipulates words, sentences,
and paragraphs; Excel manipulates numbers; PowerPoint manipulates
text and pictures to create a slide show; Access manipulates data, such as
inventories; and Outlook manipulates personal information, such as e-mail
addresses and phone numbers.
Although each Office 2010 program specializes in storing and manipulating
different types of data, they all work in similar ways. First, you have to enter
data into an Office 2010 program by typing on the keyboard or loading data
from an existing file. Second, you have to tell Office 2010 how to manipulate
your data, such as underlining, enlarging, coloring, or deleting it. Third, you
have to save your data as a file.
To help you understand this three-step process of entering, manipulating,
and saving data, Office 2010 offers similar commands among all its programs
so you can quickly jump from Word to PowerPoint to Excel without having to
learn entirely new commands to use each program. Even better, Office 2010
rearranges its numerous commands so finding the command you need is
faster and easier than ever before. (If you think this implies that previous
versions of Microsoft Office were clumsy and hard to use, you’re right.)
If you’re already familiar with computers and previous editions of Microsoft
Office, you may want to browse through this chapter just to get acquainted
with how Office 2010 rearranges common program commands. If you’ve never
used a computer before or just don’t feel comfortable using Microsoft Office,
read this chapter first.
 
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