REVIEW - Teach Yourself Microsoft Word 97 in 24 Hours


Teach Yourself Microsoft Word 97 in 24 Hours


Linda Jones, Ruel T. Hernandez




Sams Publishing (1997)




Brian Bramer


June 1998



It is not intended that one would work through this text in a single 24 hour session! The book contains 24 one-hour lessons organised over a six-day period. Day 1 is an introduction - outline of what Word does, installation, getting around it. Day 2 deals with text - entering, setting up paragraphs, pages, etc. Day 3 is personalising Word - setting up defaults and styles to suit ones requirements. Days 4 and 5 look at tools - tables, mailmerge, graphics, drawing, etc. Day 6 looks at adding elements to documents, use with other Office applications and for Web authoring.

The book is easy to read and well laid out. Each chapter finishes with a Q&A session and each day with a useful 'real world' example using facilities covered. One may ask why one needs such a text such as this when there is extensive on-line help? The problem is that Word is a large complex (and not easy to use) package - the help is helpful if you know what to look for and it can take considerable time to find a particular topic. For example, I was preparing a conference paper that had diagrams containing text boxes. I wished to switch off the box around the text. The on-line help was no use but ten seconds after picking up this book I found out how to do it.

A useful book to learn Word 97 or to be used as a reference to look up facilities as required.

Book cover image courtesy of Open Library.