Friday, April 8, 2011

Where can I find training information on how to work with Microsoft Office applications?

If you are used to using Office 2003, and you upgrade to Office 2007 or Office 2010, you will notice a big visual change. If you need help figuring out how to use this new interface called the “Ribbon”, look no further than the company that created it!2011-04-08 10h34_28
Microsoft offers fantastic training materials for Office 2007 and Office 2010 products which include interactive guides, how-to videos, and downloadable mapping guides. All training material can be found at http://office.microsoft.com.
One of the things that I use quite often are the interactive command reference guides. Each guide starts with displaying the Office 2003 program (such as Excel 2003). You point and click to the Office 2003 command as if you are using the actual application, then the interactive guide visually shows you where to find the command in the Office 2007 application! A full list of every interactive command reference guide for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and more can be found at one of these two sites:
If you are using Office 2007, go here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/guides-to-the-ribbon-use-office-2003-menus-to-learn-the-office-2007-user-interface-HA010229584.aspx.
If you are using Office 2010, go here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/learn-where-menu-and-toolbar-commands-are-in-office-2010-and-related-products-HA101794130.aspx
There is a bonus too! Microsoft offers downloadable mapping workbooks in excel format at each site in case you need the reference material on-the-go. I hope this information helps you as it continues to help me! Here is some more specific training material on Office 2007 and Office 2010:
Using the Ribbon - http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/guides-to-the-ribbon-use-office-2003-menus-to-learn-the-office-2007-user-interface-HA010229584.aspx
Getting Started with Office 2010 - http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/getting-started-with-office-2010-FX101822272.aspx
Getting Started with Office 2007 - http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/getting-started-with-microsoft-office-2007-FX101839657.aspx