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Office Shortcut Keys
Working with Office
Working with Graphics
Sharing Data
Office Easter Eggs


Microsoft Office is a powerful set of integrated applications, consisting of Excel (spreadsheet), Outlook (personal information management), PowerPoint (presentation graphics), and Word (word processing). The power of MS Office is that the component programs all have a similar look and feel. The menus and toolbars are similar in all the programs. The commands, by and large, are the same. Learn one program and you're well on your way to learning them all.

The real power of Microsoft Office is that the programs are integrated. What you create in one program you can share with the others through dynamic data exchange or object linking and embedding. Here are two examples of what we mean:

  • You can create a chart in Excel, and drag and drop it into a Word document or a PowerPoint presentation.

  • You can use a mail merge to send a letter you compose in Word to each contact in your Outlook address book.

With Office, the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts. 


Microsoft Office 2003, the latest edition of the Microsoft Office suite, was released October 21, 2003. It comes in four versions. The table shows what they are and what programs each version includes.

Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003 Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word

Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003

Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word

Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003

Excel, Outlook with Business Contact Manager, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word

Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003

Access, Excel, Outlook with Business Contact Manager, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word

Three other programs, FrontPage 2003 (website creation), Project 2003 (project management), and Visio 2003 (business graphics), are members of the Microsoft Office System, but not actually Office programs. This means they look and feel like Office programs, and can exchange data with Office programs, but none is included in any version of Office.

Is Microsoft Office "all business?" Do the people who write the programs believe in "all work and no play?" Follow the link on the left to our collection of Office Easter Eggs, and you'll see that the people who brought you Microsoft Office know how to let their hair down just like the rest of us.

 

You'll work faster and more efficiently if you use the keyboard rather than the mouse to perform most common tasks. Follow the link to our tables of Office Shortcut Keys. You'll find something useful, whatever program you use.

Box shots reprinted with permission from Microsoft Corporation.

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