First Look: Microsoft Office 2010

Front cover of First Look: Microsoft Office2010 The key new features in Microsoft Office 2010 are freedom and flexibility—you’ll be able to see how to get more from your applications no matter how—or where—you choose to use them. Office 2010 is designed to help you express your ideas clearly and creatively, work seamlessly with a group to get things done efficiently and on time, and access and work with your files virtually anywhere with a similar look and feel, whether you’re using your PC, browser, or phone. So if you’re ready, let’s take a closer look at the ways Office 2010 can help you express your ideas, whether you work on your own or as a part of a team, and share your work with the world.

You can read this eBook online, download the entire book, or read or download the individual chapters.

Editor’s Note:    First Look: Microsoft Office 2010 was based on an early beta version of the software, and some of the features and functionality have changed in the final release version. The Release Notes contain updates about some of the features that are discussed in the book.

Click the following link to view the – Release Notes for - First Look: Microsoft Office 2010. There is also a link to the Release Notes for the chapters in each section at the beginning of the section.

Individual chapters


Part I: Envision the Possibilities

Office 2010 ushers in a new era in productivity software by making the reliable tools you’ve come to expect from Microsoft easier to use and more powerful than ever. In this part of the book, you’ll get the big picture view of how Office 2010 improves the way you work every day.

Editor’s Note:    First Look: Microsoft Office 2010 was based on an early beta version of the software, and some of the features and functionality have changed in the final release version. Click the following link to view the Release Notes for this section.

Chapter 1: Welcome to Office 2010

Office 2010 was designed with evolving workplace trends in mind. With Office 2010, you can use familiar, reliable Office applications to work more efficiently, produce better-than-ever results, collaborate in real time with peers in your office or around the world, and continue your work from any point on the globe with Web or phone access

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 01: Welcome to Office 2010.

Chapter 2: Express Yourself Effectively and Efficiently

This chapter gives you a tour through the various new features that will help you showcase your thoughts more creatively than ever; bringing more visual energy to the items you produce.

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 02: Express Yourself Effectively and Efficiently.

Chapter 3: Collaborate in the Office and Around the World

Whether your need for collaboration is short term or ongoing, you’ll find features in Office 2010 that enable you to work with others simultaneously on the same file, connect instantly with others working on your document or presentation, know when others are actively working in the document you are viewing, and collaborate in real time with others working from their PCs, browsers, or phones.

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 03: Collaborate in the Office and Around the World .

Part II: Hit the Ground Running

Whether you spend your time in Office 2010 generating content, managing projects, or analyzing financial data, you will discover new capabilities that streamline your tasks, add professional impact, and add flexibility and creativity along the way.

Editor’s Note:    First Look: Microsoft Office 2010 was based on an early beta version of the software, and some of the features and functionality have changed in the final release version. Click the following link to view the Release Notes for this section.

Chapter 4: Create and Share Compelling Documents with Word 2010

This chapter introduces you to the key new features in Word 2010 and encourages you to try a few techniques along the way. In it, you’ll discover simplified ways for getting around in the document and an expanded slate of tools that enable you to include great quality fonts and picture effects so that your finished product looks as good as possible.

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 04: Create and Share Compelling Documents with Word 2010.

Chapter 5: Create Smart Data Insights with Excel 2010

Microsoft Excel 2010 includes new features that help you convey your findings in ways others can easily understand and includes new offerings for the high-end spreadsheet user: new formulas, support for spreadsheets with millions of rows, and the integration of SharePoint 2010 and Excel Services, which enables you to publish worksheets and dashboards to your intranet or to the Web.

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 05: Create Smart Data Insights with Excel 2010.

Chapter 6: Manage Rich Communications with Outlook 2010

Microsoft Outlook 2010 includes a number of new features that enable you to easily manage the messages you receive, track important conversations, and automate your common messaging tasks. What’s more, you can stay up to date with all your friends and colleagues via social networks and communicate in real time using instant messaging—all within Outlook 2010.

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 06: Manage Rich Communications.

Chapter 7: Produce Dynamic Presentations with PowerPoint 2010

The collaborative features in PowerPoint 2010 enable you to easily work on your presentations with a team, communicate in real time with coworkers, and access your files anywhere—using your browser window or your smartphone.

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 07: Produce Dynamic Presentations with PowerPoint 2010.

Chapter 8: Organize, Store, and Share Ideas with OneNote 2010

The new features in OneNote 2010 make it easy to collect notes from Microsoft Office 2010 applications such as Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook and print the notes to your OneNote notebook. You can also share your notebooks and track changes by author, version, recent changes, and more.

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 08: Organize, Store, and Share Ideas with OneNote 2010.

Chapter 9: Collaborate Effectively with SharePoint Workspace 2010

SharePoint Workspace 2010 takes all the guesswork out of collaboration by providing you with an easy-to-use workspace in which you can post files you want to share, hold discussions, chat in real time, and check files in and out. You can synchronize files with SharePoint Server 2010, ensuring that your document libraries, InfoPath forms, and other files are current and up to date.

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 09: Collaborate Effectively with SharePoint Workspace 2010.

Chapter 10: Create Effective Marketing Materials with Publisher 2010

Improvements in Publisher 2010 make it easier than ever to create new files using both built-in and community-submitted templates. New layout tools help you align objects, place captions, and position elements on the page in accurate and aesthetically pleasing ways. You can also spruce up your photos with artistic effects, improved editing tools, and support for OpenType features such as ligatures and stylistic sets.

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 10: Create Effective Marketing Materials with Publisher 2010.

Chapter 11: Make Sense of Your Data with Access 2010

New and improved features in Access 2010 simplify the steps to creating a database by enabling you to add application parts that include ready-made tables and forms. You can also use Quick Start fields to insert commonly used fields and add calculated fields to build data analysis directly into your data tables.

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 11: Make Sense of Your Data with Access 2010.

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Part III: Next Steps with Office 2010

Now that you have explored the new features in each of the core Office 2010 applications, this part of the book helps you answer the question, “What next?”

Editor’s Note:    First Look: Microsoft Office 2010 was based on an early beta version of the software, and some of the features and functionality have changed in the final release version. Click the following link to view the Release Notes for this section.

Chapter 12: Putting It All Together

A number of integrated features make it simple to use what you create in one application seamlessly in another. That saves you time and effort, and it guarantees consistency throughout your creations no matter what kinds of final files you create and share.

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 12: Putting it All Together.

Chapter 13: Security in Office 2010

Office 2010 includes new security features that add layers of protection to the files you create and share. Although much of the file checking that goes on is an invisible part of the process, you can control many levels of protection in Office 2010 applications, specifying who you want to have access to your files and what kinds of actions they can perform.

 Note    Click the following link to view Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 13: Security in Office 2010.

Chapter 14: Training Made Easy

This chapter gives you a quick introduction to a few Help changes in Office 2010 and introduces several of the key resources available that will help you expand your Office 2010 experience.

 Note    Click the following link to view just Office 2010 First Look - Chapter 14: Training Made Easy.

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Applies to:
Access 2010, Excel 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Publisher 2010, Word 2010