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Welcome to Microsoft Word 2000. The latest release of Microsoft's flagship word processing program brings even more power and features to a program that was already considered to be the best of its type. No matter what kind of document you need to create—a simple memo, a World Wide Web page, or a 500-page report—Word can handle it, and make you look good in the process!

Word is surprisingly easy to use, but any program with so much power cannot avoid being somewhat complex. How do you go about learning the ins and outs of Word so that you can start using it to get something done? You can go to a bookstore and buy one of those 1,200-page books that covers every single part of Word in excruciating detail—but do you have time to read a 1,200-page book? What you need is a quick way to learn the important parts of Word, those parts of the program that you'll need most often in your day-to-day word processing tasks. Let me say modestly that you have chosen exactly the right book!

The Sams Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes is designed for people just like you. In these pages, you learn the basics of Word in a series of short, easy-to-understand lessons. Each lesson is self-contained and can be completed in 10 minutes or less, permitting you to start and stop as your schedule allows. There's no padding in this book—it's loaded with clear, concise information that you can really use.

What Is the Sams Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes?

The Sams Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes series takes a different approach to teaching people how to use a computer program. We do not attempt to cover every detail of the program. Instead, each book concentrates on the program features that are essential for most users, the features that you need to get your work done. Our goal is to teach you, as quickly and painlessly as possible, those things that you need to start using the program for productive, real-world work.

Using This Book

Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Word 2000 in 10 Minutes contains 27 lessons. Ideally, you will work through them in order. After reading the first five lessons, however, you can skip around to find specific information as quickly as possible. When you complete the book, you will have a good knowledge of the most important parts of Word, and you will be capable of completing almost all word processing tasks with ease.

Several special elements are used throughout the book to highlight specific types of information:

Timesaver Tip

Helpful suggestions to get you working more efficiently.

Plain English

Non-technical definitions of terms that might be unfamiliar to some readers.

Panic Button

Warning of possible problems, and information on how to solve them.

Several of the book's other features are designed to make your learning faster and easier:

  • Numbered steps provide exact instructions for commonly needed procedures.

  • Menu commands, toolbar buttons, and dialog box options that you select, and text that you enter, are printed in boldface and blue for easy recognition.

  • Messages that appear onscreen are boldface.

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