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Microsoft Office for the Older and Wiser

Book cover: Microsoft Office for the older and wiser My book Microsoft Office 2010 (and 2007) for the Older and Wiser teaches you how to make the most of the market-leading suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and notes management.

Update: This book is now out of print and the rights have reverted to me. Copies are still available to buy, and you may find you can borrow it from your local library. If you are interested in Microsoft Excel, I recommend my new book, 100 Top Tips: Microsoft Excel.

The book explains everything in context, through projects which steadily increase in difficulty. As you progress through the book, you will build on the skills used earlier to create more sophisticated documents. If you want to use the book as a reference tool, the index provides direct access to clear explanations which are backed by concrete examples.

The book includes tutorials for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft OneNote; as well as a bonus chapter offering help with setting up email and sending and receiving emails.

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The book in brief

Book Title Microsoft Office for the Older and Wiser: Get Up and Running with Office 2010 and Office 2007
Book AuthorSean McManus
PublisherJohn Wiley / University of the Third Age (U3A)
Pages 308, full colour


"Microsoft Office for the Older and Wiser is written in a friendly and readable style. It tells you what you need to know to use the software without ever getting too geeky... Rather than explain how Office works in a sterile way, the book looks at practical tasks such as writing a letter, managing your address book and creating a budget. It teaches you the features as you go along so you gain knowledge which you can then apply to other areas. Whether you fall into the 'older and wiser' category or not, this is a well-produced guide that offers a good introduction to day-to-day MS Office use."

- PC Utilities Magazine, issue 139, May 2011

Preview the book

This PDF sampler includes the book's Introduction and Chapter 2, which shows you how to make a poster with Microsoft Word. It also includes the full table of contents and index so you can get a flavour for the full book.

Download the PDF sampler

What's in the book?

Projects in the book include:

  • Writing a letter with Microsoft Word
  • Managing your address book with Microsoft Excel
  • Creating personalised party invitations using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
  • Publishing a newsletter using Microsoft Word
  • Creating a basic household budget in Microsoft Excel
  • Creating a holiday photos slideshow using Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Keeping a recipe book in Microsoft OneNote
  • Sharing your documents and photos using email
screenshot from Microsoft Office for the Older and Wiser

Chapter 1

Learn how to create and print a letter with Word. You'll meet the ribbon interface which is shared across all Office programs, and will learn how to enter, edit and format your text. This chapter begins with how to start Word and finishes with printing your documents.

The Microsoft Office projects are designed to teach you the key skills in using Microsoft Office, taking you from typing your first letter into Word, through to projects that truly unleash the power of your PC. Each project concludes with suggestions for new projects you can undertake using the skills learned in the chapter.

The book offers help for users of both Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Office 2007. The few differences between the suites are clearly highlighted, and readers are alerted to any features that are only available in Office 2010. If you haven't upgraded since Office 2007 was released, there is a clear introduction to the new ribbon menu, and guidance throughout to help you navigate the new interface.

Whether you're a newcomer or someone who has already dabbled in Microsoft Office, this book will teach you new tricks that save you time and make your PC more powerful.

Microsoft Office 2010 (and 2007) for the Older and Wiser is written in a friendly and reassuring voice and is packed with relevant full-colour screenshots to guide you through the key stages. Each chapter concludes with a fun quiz to help recap the key points.

Download the MS Office demo files

You can download example Microsoft Office files created for the book, so that you can quickly get started with the projects. These files can be easily adapted to your own needs, using the guidance in the book, and can help you to learn Microsoft Office more quickly.

Bonus content

About the author

Microsoft Office 2010 (and 2007) for the Older and Wiser is written by Sean McManus, author of Social Networking for the Older and Wiser and Small Business Websites That Work. He's been using Microsoft Word since the 1980s and believes Office 2010 is the strongest Office suite yet. He has written widely for magazines including Internet Magazine, Personal Computer World, Internet Works and Business 2.0.


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