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About the Authors

Bruce Hallberg has been a computer professional for the past 14 years, and presently is Director of Corporate Services for a public biotechnology company in California. He has authored or co-authored many other computer books, including the OS/2 Certification Handbook, Byte's OS/2 Programmer's Cookbook, and Inside OS/2 Warp. He particularly enjoys making complex computer topics understandable for beginning and intermediate computer users.

Forrest Houlette is a computer writer, trainer, and consultant who lives in Muncie, Indiana. He is president of Write Environment, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in Visual Basic software development, custom documentation, training, and software for both education and business. Forrest holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics and Rhetoric from the University of Louisville. He began working with computers when he took a course in FORTRAN in 1979. Since then, he has programmed in BASIC, the Digital Authoring Language, C, C++, WordBasic, and Visual Basic. During his career as a university professor, he taught linguistics and focused on using artificial intelligence techniques to improve software for writing. He has written computer-based education programs for the teaching of writing, one of which-Write Environment- won the Zenith Masters of Innovation competition. Forrest now focuses on writing about computers and creating custom software. He teaches courses on Windows 95, Windows NT, Office 97, and Visual Basic for Learning Tree International. He has authored or co-authored books for IDG, New Riders Publishing, Que, and Sybex. He is also a Microsoft Certified Product Specialist.

Sherry Kinkoph has authored more than 25 computer books for Macmillan Publishing over the past five years, including books for both adults and children. Her recent publications include The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Office for Windows 95, Easy Word 97, Office 97 Small Business Edition 6 in 1, The 10 Minute Guide to Lotus Organizer 97, and The Big Basics Book of Microsoft Office 97. Sherry started exploring computers back in college and claims that many a term paper was whipped out using a trusty 128K Macintosh. Today, Sherry's still churning out words, but now they're in the form of books, and instead of using a Mac, she has moved on to a trusty PC. A native of the Midwest, Sherry currently resides in Fishers, IN, and continues in her quest to help users of all levels master the ever-changing computer technologies. You can e-mail Sherry at skinkoph@inetdirect.net.

Diane Koers owns and operates All Business Service, a software training and consulting company formed in 1988 that services the central Indiana area. Her area of expertise has long been in the word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics areas of computing, as well as in providing training and support for several popular accounting packages. Diane's authoring experience includes developing and writing software training manuals for her clients' use.

Joyce J. Nielsen is an independent computer consultant, specializing in writing and developing books based on microcomputer software applications. Prior to her work as a consultant, Joyce was a Senior Product Development Specialist for Que Corporation. She is the author or co-author of more than 20 computer books, including Que's Special Edition Using 1-2-3 97 for Windows 95, Microsoft Office 97 Quick Reference, and Word for Windows 95 Visual Quick Reference. Nielsen also worked as a Research Analyst for a shopping mall developer, where she developed and documented computer applications used nationwide. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantitative Business Analysis from Indiana University. You may contact her via CompuServe at 76507,2712 or via the Internet at jnielsen@iquest.net.

Gail Perry is a CPA and a graduate of Indiana University, where she studied journalism, computer science, and music. In her spare time, she took accounting classes at Illinois State University and passed the CPA exam. Gail is a tax humor columnist for the Indianapolis Star and is the author of several computer and tax-related books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Doing Your Income Taxes, and Using Quicken 5 for Windows. In addition to writing, Gail teaches computer classes (including Excel) at the Indiana CPA society.

Bill Ray is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and a Product Specialist. He is the Training Manager Advanced Training Group for the Center for Professional Computer Education (CPCE, Inc.), of Shelton, CT, a Microsoft Authorized Technical Education Center and Microsoft Solution Provider Partner. His previous position as Senior Consultant for CPCE involved the design and implementation of customized solutions using Microsoft Office applications in the corporate marketplace. Bill is also a codeveloper of CPCE's Word for Windows Productivity Pack, which is a customizable set of macros and templates for improved office productivity. Bill holds an M.A in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Union College. Bill can be reached via Compuserve at 71101,3402 or the Internet at wgray@cpce.com.

Robert E. Simanski, ABC, is the President of Your Publications Pro!, a publications and Web site management firm in Herndon, Virginia. An Accredited Business Communicator, he is an award-winning publications editor and director with more than 30 years of experience in the field. Bob has been working with personal computers since 1986 and is an active member of the Capital PC User Group, Inc., where he has served on the Member Help Line since 1990.

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