Chapter 1. Introducing the New Office

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Microsoft Office suite explained

  • Office history in a nutshell

  • New and improved features to learn

How exciting is this? You've just purchased the latest version of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, and you can't wait to jump in and see what you can do! Now what? Turns out, this software package is huge and maybe a little daunting because it features myriad improvements to the overall appearance and functionality of the individual programs. How do you begin learning your away around? That's where this book can help. Whether you're simply upgrading from a previous version of Office for Mac, or you're a brand-new user starting with Office for the first time, this book can assist you as you encounter brand-new program features or old tried-and-true techniques. It can even show you some new tricks to make your work easier than ever before.

This chapter gives you an overview of the Office 2008 programs, what to expect as you open each one, and what to look out for regarding new features and tools. You'll learn all the ways you can use the programs to accomplish your work at home or at the office. So what are you waiting for? Jump in!

What Is Office 2008?

At its very core, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac is a suite of programs you can use for a variety of situations and projects, at home and at work. Whether you need a word processor to type a letter, a spreadsheet program to juggle number data, a presentation program to create slide show presentations, ...

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