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Microsoft Office has become one of the most popular pieces of computer software on the market over last 15 years. With programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, this suite offers the most comprehensive tools for students, business professionals, and computer users of all backgrounds. Because of this, it’s only fitting that a textbook focusing entirely on Microsoft Office is one of the most popular textbooks for sale.  Amazon ranks Microsoft Office 2010: Introductory [Shelly Cushman] as the 22nd best-selling textbook for college students today.

The book was published in August of 2010 by Course Technology. It is 1,176 pages in length and is a paperback book serves as an introduction to the 2010 version of Microsoft Office. It offers a wide range of tips, tricks, and skills for users to successfully take full advantage of all the ins-and-outs of this software suite. Computer textbooks have a tendency of being dry and often hard to follow while trying to glance at the book and your computer screen at the same time. This book contains a step-by-step and screen-by-screen approach that makes the concepts easier to learn by seeing how things work through the images and simple steps explained throughout the book. Through experimentation and exploration, the book encourages readers to take chances by using tools within each program that they might have been unfamiliar with in the past. These may include creating a pie chart in Excel or performing a mail merge in Access.

This version contains lots of new features and upgrades from pervious textbooks on Microsoft Office. At the end of each chapter, there are several exercises designed to prepare readers to become more confident users of the software. It requires them to use problem-solving skills that will result in the creation of usable documents, graphics, and other items through which these programs can make. The opening chapter of the textbook presents basic skills without being repetitive for more skilled users, while the  rest of the book offers more coverage of programs like Outlook and PowerPoint.

Authors Gary B. Shelly and Misty E. Vermaat are longtime authors of computer education textbooks. Shelly published his first textbook on this subject in 1969, well before computers were even a minor part of our everyday lives. He and his contributing author colleagues have developed textbooks on computer programming, computer concepts, and computer software that are considered the leading resources in today’s market of technology books. Vermaat has over 25 years of experience working in the computer and information technology fields. She used to work as a technology professor at Purdue University. She has also co-authored books in the Discovering Computers series since 1990.

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