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Word Hacksby Andrew Savikas
Synopses & Reviews
As one of the applications in Microsoft Office, Word is the dominant word-processing program for both Windows and Mac users. Millions of people around the globe use it. But many, if not most, of them barely skim the surface of what is possible with Microsoft Word. Seduced by the application's supposed simplicity, they settle for just what's obvious--even if it doesn't satisfy their wants and needs. They may curse the wretched Bullets and Numbering buttons multiple times a day or take hours to change the font size of every heading in a lengthy report, yet they're reluctant to dig deeper to take advantage of Word's immense capabilities and limitless customization tools.
Let Word Hacks be your shovel. Let it carve your way into Word and make this most popular and powerful application do precisely what you want it to do. Filled with insider tips, tools, tricks, and hacks, this book will turn you into the power user you always wanted to be. Far beyond a tutorial, Word Hacks assumes you have a solid working knowledge of the application and focuses on showing you exactly how to accomplish your pressing tasks, address your frequent annoyances, and solve even your most complex problems.
Author Andrew Savikas examines Word's advanced (and often hidden) features and delivers clever, time-saving hacks on taming document bloat, customization, complex search and replace, Tables of Contents and indexes, importing and exporting files, tables and comments, and even using Google as a dictionary! With him as your guide, you'll soon be understanding--and hacking--Word in ways you never thought possible.
Covering Word 2000, 2002 and Word 2003, Word Hacks exposes the inner workings of Word and releases your inner hacker; with it, you will be equipped to take advantage of the application s staggering array of advanced features that were once found only in page layout programs and graphics software and turning Word into your personal productivity powerhouse.
Book News Annotation:
Word is the 800-pound gorilla in the living room of most Windows users. For many it may be the primary software they use, at the initiation, development and completion stages of documents, and yet few use more than the simplest of toolbars and menus, spending hours on repetitious formatting and editing. Savikas works through the theories behind the tools, such as macros, and deals with customizing the workspace (including getting the Internet to cough up Word documents) and building MRUs. He gives insiders' information on formatting, printing, manipulating tables, editing, creating templates and outlines, and getting some startling results from forms and fields. He also covers housekeeping chores, such as renaming built-in styles, and advanced hacking from and to Word from other programs. He covers the 2000, 2002, and 2003 versions but many hacks will work with Word 97. He offers several sample hacks online.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Now users vexed by PowerPoint's most annoying features can go straight to the solution they need in this modular, to-the-point, humorous guide that's full of tips and tricks for problems that drive audiences and presenters crazy.
If you're vexed and perplexed by PowerPoint, pick up a copy of Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances. This funny, and often opinionated, guide is chock full of tools and techniques for eliminating all the problems that drive audiences and presenters crazy.
There's nothing more discouraging than an unresponsive audience--or worse, one that snickers at your slides. And there's nothing more maddening than technical glitches that turn your carefully planned slide show into a car wreck. Envious when you see other presenters effectively use nifty features that you've never been able to get to work right? Suffer no more! Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances by Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Echo Swinford rides to the rescue.
Microsoft PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software on the planet, with an estimated 30 million presentations given each day. So no matter how frustrated you get, you're not about to chuck the program in the Recycle Bin. Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances, presents smart solutions to a variety of all-too-familiar, real-world annoyances.
The book is divided into big categories, with annoyances grouped by topic. You can read it cover to cover or simply jump to the chapter or section most relevant to you. Inside its pages you'll learn how to create your own templates, work with multiple masters and slide layouts, and take advantage of various alignment and formatting tools. You'll also learn how to import Excel data; insert graphics, PDF, and Word content; create, edit, and format organization charts and diagrams; use action settings and hyperlinks to jump to other slides; and add sound, video, and other types of multimedia to spark up your presentations.
Entertaining and informative, Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances is filled with humorous illustrations and packed with sidebars, tips, and tricks, as well as links to cool resources on the Web.
M i l l i o n s o f p e o p l e a r o u n d t h e g l o b e u s e M i c r o s o f t W o r d . B u t m a n y, i f n o t m o s t, o f t h e m b a r e l y s k i m t h e s u r f a c e o f w h a t i s p o s s i b l e w i t h i t . W o r d H a c k s s h o w s y o u h o w t o t a k e a d v a n t a g e o f W o r d' s i m m e n s e c a p a b i l i t i e s a n d l i m i t l e s s c u s t o m i z a t i o n t o o l s a n d m a k e t h i s m o s t p o p u l a r a n d p o w e r f u l a p p l i c a t i o n d o p r e c i s e l y w h a t y o u w a n t i t t o d o . F a r b e y o n d a t u t o r i a l, W o r d H a c k s a s s u m e s y o u h a v e a s o l i d w o r k i n g k n o w l e d g e o f t h e a p p l i c a t i o n a n d f o c u s e s o n t u r n i n g y o u i n t o a p o w e r u s e r - - g i v i n g y o u i n s i d e r t i p s, t o o l s, t r i c k s, a n d h a c k s f o r a c c o m p l i s h i n g y o u r p r e s s i n g t a s k s, a d d r e s s i n g y o u r f r e q u e n t a n n o y a n c e s, a n d s o l v i n g e v e n y o u r m o s t c o m p l e x p r o b l e m s . A u t h o r A n d r e w S a v i k a s e x a m i n e s W o r d' s a d v a n c e d ( a n d o f t e n h i d d e n ) f e a t u r e s a n d d e l i v e r s c l e v e r, t i m e - s a v i n g h a c k s o n t a m i n g d o c u m e n t b l o a t, c u s t o m i z a t i o n, c o m p l e x s e a r c h a n d r e p l a c e, T a b l e s o f C o n t e n t s a n d i n d e x e s, i m p o r t i n g a n d e x p o r t i n g f i l e s, t a b l e s a n d c o m m e n t s, a n d e v e n u s i n g G o o g l e a s a d i c t i o n a r y ! Y o u' l l s o o n b e u n d e r s t a n d i n g - - a n d h a c k i n g - - W o r d i n w a y s y o u n e v e r th o u g h t p o s s i b l e .
About the Author
Savikas works in the O'Reilly Tools Group, where he helps the Production department turn manuscripts into O'Reilly books. Andrew also works with FrameMaker, FrameScript, InDesign, DocBook XML, Perl, Python, Ruby, and whatever else he finds lying around the office. He has a degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Table of Contents
CreditsDedicationPrefaceChapter 1: Word Under the HoodChapter 2: The Word WorkspaceChapter 3: Formatting, Printing, and Table HacksChapter 4: Editing Power ToolsChapter 5: Templates and OutlinesChapter 6: HousekeepingChapter 7: Macro HacksChapter 8: Forms and FieldsChapter 9: Advanced Word HacksChapter 10: Word 2003 XML HacksColophon
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