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XP 1 Using Common Features of Microsoft Office 2003 Rod Rodrigues
XP 2 Explore Microsoft Office 2003 Microsoft Office 2003, or Office, is a collection of the most popular Microsoft programs. These programs share many features and therefore, it's easy to share information among them. The primary programs are: The Word word processing program. The Excel spreadsheet program. The PowerPoint presentation graphics program. The Access database program. The Outlook information management program.
XP 3 Start programs and switch between them To open a program, click the Start button on the taskbar and then use the All Programs menu. To open an Office program, you also can click the New Office Document command or the Open Office Document command on the Start menu. The New Office Document command will open the New Office Document dialog box, which you can use to create a new document in any of the Office applications. When you have two or more programs or files open, you can switch from one program or file to another by clicking the appropriate taskbar button.
XP 4 Start programs using the Start button To add a program to the left side permanently: right-click > pin to start menu
XP 5 New, blank Excel workbook
XP 6 A new blank Word document
XP 7 Switch between open applications
XP 8 Common Window Elements
XP 9 Use personalized menus and toolbars In each Office program, you perform tasks using a menu command, toolbar button, or keyboard shortcut. A menu command is a word on a menu that you click to execute a task. A toolbar is a collection of buttons that correspond to commonly used menu commands. Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of keys you press to perform a command.
XP 10 Menus and toolbar characteristics The menus and toolbars in each Office program can change to “learn” your preferences. As you select menu commands and click toolbar buttons, the ones you use often are put on the short personal menu and on the visible part of the toolbars. The ones you don't use are hidden, but remain available through the double-arrow button on the menu and the Toolbar Options button on the toolbars.
XP 11 Short, personalized menus
XP 12 An expanded, full menu
XP 13 The Toolbar Options list
XP 14 Using Task Panes A task pane is a window that provides access to commands for common tasks you’ll perform in Office programs.
XP 15 Save and close a file To keep a copy of your work for future use, you need to save it by giving it a filename and placing it in a folder. A filename should be descriptive of the content of the file Each filename will automatically have a file extension added that identifies the program in which the file was created (ie: doc, xls, ppt) You will use the Save As dialog box to choose a location to save the file Once you have saved your work, you can close the file by clicking the Close command on the File menu or the Close Window button on the menu bar.
XP 16 The Save As dialog box Folder Filename Optional File Types
XP 17 Open an existing file Once you have opened a program you can create new files or open existing ones. Files can easily be created or opened through the Open section of the Getting Started task pane. When you open a previously created file, you transfer a copy of the file from the storage disk to the computer's memory and it displays on your screen. While a file is open, you can view, edit, print or resave it. provided that it is not already opened and resident in memory.
XP 18 The Open dialog box Filter the Display
XP 19 Get Help Office Help is like a huge encyclopedia stored on your computer that contains information on how to use Office. To use Help, you can use the What's This? option within the Help menu. When this option is selected, you can get a brief description of any item on your screen by clicking your mouse pointer on it. If you want to know a button's name, you can move the mouse pointer over it to view its ScreenTip, which is a yellow box with the button's name. For more in-depth help, you can use the Office Assistant, which is an interactive guide to finding information from the Office Help system or the Ask a Question box located on the menu bar.
XP 20 The Ask a Question Help option
XP 21 The Help Task Pane Enables you to search the Help system using keywords or phrases. The Search Results task pane opens with a list of topics related to the keyword or phrase you entered. If you are connected to the Internet, you might see more search results stored online.
XP 22 Help Task Pane with Keyword
XP 23 Search Results Task Pane and Help Window
XP 24 Using Office on Microsoft.com Office on Microsoft.com is a Web site that provides access to additional Help resources. Access current Help topics, read how-to articles, and find tips for using Office. To connect to Office on Microsoft.com, you’ll need Internet access and Web browser such as Internet Explorer.
XP 25 Using Office on Microsoft.com
XP 26 Print a file There are three ways to print a file on which you are working: Press the Print button on the Standard toolbar to send your file to the printer using all the default settings Select Print on the File menu, which will open the Print dialog box so that you can adjust the printer settings May also press Ctrl+P to open the Print dialog box Opening the Print dialog box is the preferred method if you are unsure of your settings or need to make adjustments.
XP 27 The Print dialog box
XP 28 Close files and exit programs You can exit most programs by clicking the the BIG X, the Close button in the upper-right corner of the title bar, or by selecting the Exit command on the File menu. Either method will close both the file in which you are working as well as the program. If you have made any edits to a file, a dialog box will appear asking if you want to save your changes. Closing programs after you are done keeps your Windows desktop uncluttered, frees up your system's resources, eliminates a taskbar entry, and prevents data from accidentally being lost.
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