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Microsoft Office is not one program, but one gigantic suite of programs. For many folks, their entire computer-based work finds its roots in Microsoft Office. Have you ever wished you had just one book, a truly complete reference that tells you what you need to know about Microsoft Office? Have you wanted one that's written in plain talk, one that tells you what you need to know to get started, and one that takes you to the next level without being too techie? Have you wanted a book that could talk to your level without talking down to you?

You are holding such a book. Sams Teach Yourself Office Productivity All in One is one massive title out of the team of tomes in the All in One series.

The goal of this book is to provide you with all the information you need, and no more, to understand these topics:

  • Word letters and documents

  • Excel worksheets

  • PowerPoint presentations

  • Outlook email

  • FrontPage Web sites

The expert teachers, trainers, and technical writers who put this book together all understand precisely what computer problems you face, and they know how to provide the solutions. For example, if you've just started using a computer and have no idea how to start a program, let alone make sense out of the huge Microsoft Office suite of programs, the answer is here. If you want to create an organized and integrated personal information system that tracks your appointments, email, documents, and even presentations you might make at work, this book provides all that and more.

This text takes you from the beginning to a mastery of Office. If you're already an Office user, you will also gain more insights here than anywhere else because when a topic requires depth, you get it, and only then.

Who Should Read This Book?

This book is for everyday computer users who want a single book that helps make them better Office users. In addition, this text takes most users to a higher level of mastery.

Don't buy five or more books when this one takes you to where you want to go.

What This Book Does for You

Although this book is not a complicated reference book, you learn something about almost every aspect of Microsoft Office from a typical user's point of view. As you progress through the book, your skills will increase.

Those of you who are tired of the plethora of quick-fix computer titles cluttering today's shelves will find a welcome reprieve here. This book presents both the background and descriptions that a Microsoft Office user needs. In addition to the background, this book is practical, and provides hundreds of step-by-step walkthroughs that you can work through to gain practical hands-on experience. These tasks guide you through all the common actions you need to make your computer work for you.

Conventions Used in This Book

This book uses several common conventions to help teach its topics most effectively. Here is a summary of those typographical conventions:

  • Commands, computer output, and words you type appear in a special monospaced computer font.

  • To type a shortcut key, such as Alt+F, press and hold the first key, and then press the second key before releasing both keys.

  • If a task requires you to select from a menu, the book separates menu commands with a comma. For example, File, Save As is used to select the Save As option from the File menu.

In addition to typographical conventions, the following special elements are included to set off different types of information to make them easily recognizable:

Special notes augment the material you read in each chapter. These notes clarify concepts and procedures.

You find numerous tips that offer shortcuts and solutions to common problems.

The cautions are about pitfalls. Reading them saves you time and trouble.


Take some time out of your training to sit back and enjoy a more in-depth look at a particular feature. The sidebars are useful for exploring unusual features and show you additional ways to utilize the chapter material.

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