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Q1:I've used Word and Excel. Do I need the other Office products?
A1: Only you can answer that question because only you know whether you need a program to keep track of your appointments and contacts (Outlook) or your database (Access). Only you know whether you will be called to present a topic in a meeting or at a conference (PowerPoint).

If you need word processing and worksheet computing only, you might not need the other Office products. In that case, you need to install only those programs that you want to use. If you have truly mastered Word and Excel, however, you will be glad that Microsoft kept the same uniform interface throughout all the Office products. This enables you to use what you already know.

Q2:Why don't I see the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar every time I start Windows?
A2: Just rerun the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar from the Windows Start menu and select Yes when asked if you want to start the Office Shortcut Bar when Windows starts. If the dialog box does not appear, you can right-click the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar, select Customize, and then select Show Title Screen at Startup. The next time you start the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar, you will be able to state that you want the bar to appear every time Windows starts.
Q3:Suppose that I want to keep track of names and addresses. Which Office product would I use?
A3: This is actually a trick question. Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook all track names and addresses! Word keeps track of names and addresses for mail merging (sending the same letter to many people); Excel includes a simple database feature that can track items such as names and addresses; Access's primary purpose is to track virtually any data in an organized list; and Outlook records all your name and address records. Generally, use Outlook for your names and addresses (all the other Office products can read Outlook's data) and save the other Office products for their primary purposes.
Q4:Is it true that the Office programs are simple after I learn one well?
A4: The Office programs share common interfaces, such as uniform menus and dialog boxes. After you learn how to use one Office program, you already understand the basic interface of the others. Therefore, you can concentrate on the specifics of each product instead of having to learn a new interface in each program.



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