Microsoft Office Professional 2000 Step By Step Chapter 1″ Every release of Microsoft Office brings us closer to a fully integrated environ- mint where each tool works seamlessly with every other tool. Microsoft Office 2000 is no exception. In fact, simplifying the user experience and increasing the integration between Office components were two of the key obl staves Microsoft had in developing this product.
Office 2000 is a powerful application even on a stand-alone computer, but it is designed as a workgroup tool, and that is where it really shines. If you are a single user don’t fret. Office 2000 will do most everything you ask of it and more. And if you want to share your work with others, you can use Office 2000 to communicate with other users around the world through the Internet.
However, if you want to truly experience the muscle contained in Office 2000, there is no substitute for a workgroup environment. Microsoft has gone all out to make Office 2000 the ultimate platform for the business user. With Office 2000, you can produce impressive proposals, manage your busy calendar, track important contacts, make sound financial projections, create dynamite presentations, and establish and maintain a sensational presence on your corporate E intranet or the World Wide Web.
Office 2000 Business Edition:-
There are several editions of Office 2000, including the Small Business Edition with Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, and Outlook, and the Premium Edition, which includes Word, Access, Excel, FrontPage, Outlook, PhotoDraw, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Microsoft Office Professional 2000 the version we cover in this book, features some of the most popular and powerful software programs around. The suite includes 32-bit versions of six applications.
- Word: The most popular Windows word processor
- Excel: A powerful and easy-to-use spreadsheet application
- Access: A true relational database for the Windows platform
- PowerPoint: A presentation tool that allows anyone to create slide shows
- Outlook: A convenient desktop information manager
- Publisher: A highly accessible desktop publishing system
Microsoft Office Professional 2000:-
These applications are the latest, most powerful versions of Microsoft’s award-winning office productivity tools. If you have worked with prior releases of these products, you’ll want to learn some new techniques for the Office 2000 version.
Office 2000 programs support integration: between applications, between yourself and other users, and with the Internet and intranets. All applications include the greatly improved Office Assistant, shown in Figure 1.1, an active help feature that offers timesaving advice to help you work more efficiently.
Office Professional 2000 also includes a number of smaller tools or applets:-
- Internet Explorer 5.0: The latest release of the popular Internet browser a line-drawing and art manipulation program
- Office Art: A text graphics program
- WordArt: A charting program Chart:
- Clip Gallery: A program that helps you organize all your clip art and other multimedia objects, such as sound and video files
The applets are available from within all the major applications, so you can add line art, clip art, graphic representations of numeric data, or a text-based logo to any Office document.
What’s New in Office 2000?:-
The most significant improvements to Office 2000 center on its seamless integration with the Web. Microsoft has adopted HTML (hypertext markup language), the Internet-standard, as an Office 2000 standard format. Quite simply,
This means that documents you create in Office no longer have to be converted before you can post them to the Web, and you no longer have to wonder if the person you are sending e-mail to can open your documents. Word documents can be saved directly in HTML and reopened in Office without losing any functionality.
Your colleague across the continent with a Macintosh can still open fully formatted Office documents you send her as long as she has a Web browser on her system. If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to open an imperative e-mail attachment (or if someone else has been unable to open something you’ve sent), you can appreciate how valuable this innovation alone is.
Microsoft is working:-
Collaborating across the Web Microsoft is working to improve the functionality of Web pages you create in Office by providing tools that turn them from repositories of static data into a living, breathing information animals.
Office 2000 offers tools to make collaboration easier and provides data analysis and reporting tools that can be used on active data accessible on the Web. Office 2000 Web collaborations features include Web Discussions: Use Web Discussions to hold threaded discussions within Office documents.
Web Subscriptions and Notifications:-
When you are projecting, Office 2000 will notify you via e-mail when new documents are posted changes made to existing documents. Working on a team or Presentation Broadcast: Viewing a PowerPoint presentation across the Web can now be a communal affair with real-time chat and live information sharing about the presentation’s content.
Using Microsoft NetMeeting, across a network from any of the Office applications. Participants can use options for real-time collaboration on documents, including chat and white- users can activate meeting board windows. For teams that want to analyze live data across a network,
Office 2000 offers three tools:-
Office Web Components let you work interactively with real-time data across an intranet using Pivot Tables, spreadsheets, and charts. Web Query Wizard takes data from any site on the Web and brings it into Excel for your analysis.
Data can be refreshed on request or can be set up to automatically refresh at specified intervals. Data Access Pages make developing live Web databases a practical possibility. If you’ve ever tried to create active server pages from your database, you know that it is no easy task–until now.
Data Access Pages provide front-end forms in HTML format that are linked to data housed in Access. When users make changes On the forms from their browsers, the changes are immediately reflected in the database.