Whether your are a MAC or a PC there is one program you will have to use at sometime or another in life… Microsoft Office. And if you’re like me and curse the day when a new update comes out just as you were getting use to the old one then let me tell you about this book. It’s not just any book, it is Microsoft Office 2013 For Dummies, and it helps those of us who feel like dummies when it comes to technology.
In this book, author Wallace Wang keeps his explanations simple and easy to understand. He suggests that everyone, from people upgrading from older versions of Office like 2003 or XP and those who are familiar with 2007 or 2010, get this book for all the latest tips on getting the most out of Office 2013. Wang walks the reader through using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. By the end readers will be building spreadsheets, managing email accounts, and making presentations like a pro! Not to mention being able to use Office like they were born to be Sheldon Cooper.
The book is broken down into parts with each chapter focusing on a different feature of the programs that make up the Office suite. For readers who have really been living under a rock, Wang also breaks down “conventions” which basically are common technical terms that more active computer users don’t even think twice about. Terms like clicking, mouse pointer, dragging, and shortcut keys. Icons are used throughout the book to highlight important or useful information. For me the bomb icon was extremely helpful. Basically it warns if you are about to sabotage your work or wipe out all your data. I’ll admit that has happen to me once or twice.
Why should you get this book? Well just like the words *new* and *update* would suggest, Office 2013 has some new tricks to show you. And you don’t want to be the only one who doesn’t know how to use it!
Some of the new aspects of Office 2013 are improved touch functions, slide designs, read mode in Word, presentation mode in PowerPoint, and bookmark like feature for syncing documents between different devices. There are a lot more but I’m still a dummy and don’t quite understand them! The ribbon system has a fresh look too with subtle animations. No idea what that is? Once you upgrade your Office say goodbye to the old pull down menus. I have to say as far as pleasing to the eye, I really love the ribbon. To me, it is a huge improvement to the menu system!
Have I lost you already?
Don’t worry I lost myself too when I started. I definitely fall in the late to upgrade category. I am notorious for not doing every upgrade, it drives my tech husband crazy. So usually when I make the jump from one program or operating system to another the changes are huge. Although I like to think of myself as pretty tech savvy sometimes I find that I spend more time stumbling around a program than getting any work done.
Not knowing how to do something and do it well is a big pet peeve. I don’t want to be a dummy and I’m sure you don’t either. That is why you and I need Microsoft Office 2013 For Dummies. Especially when it comes to Excel. I really dislike Excel and I feel like it’s not user friendly, or maybe it’s just me. So when I started with the For Dummies book I turned right to the Excel section. This is where I knew the book would make me a believer or prove me right that Excel is really an evil tormentor.
Getting started in Excel. Who knew there were more options other than the typical spreadsheet? Ok I’m sure a lot of people knew but I didn’t! So far so good. I literally followed Wang’s instructions to the T and decided to create a teacher’s list since I know a lot of them and use to be one.
Success! I played around, made changes just to see how easy it would be and ta da. I wish I had this back in my school days but now at least I can pass it along to my friends and homeschooling parents. Best of all, I’m not a dummy anymore! At least until the next version is released 😉
Now that I know what I’m doing, and yes I will admit Excel it was me not you, I feel like I have some bragging rights! Want to join me on the high horse? Are you ready to impress your friends with your amazing Office 2013 skills? Find it today in the For Dummies Bookstore or on Amazon!
*This post is sponsored. I was given the book for free in order to write this review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post contains an affiliate link.