Book Review: “Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks: Using Microsoft Office to Create Content That Gets Noticed” by Stephanie Krieger; O’Reilly Media


Microsoft Office users do not understand the power at their fingertips. Krieger spends much time explaining each topic and appeals both to the brand new user as well as the advanced user. I consider myself an advanced user of Office, Excel, and Powerpoint. However, I never felt I was being talked down to and I did not want to skip any pages for fear of missing vital tips. Much time is spent not only on new features of the 2011 version, but time is also spent on tips and tricks that have been around in at least the previous version that users may have not known about up until now.

Stephanie Krieger is an author who is well versed in Microsoft. Her latest book, Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks: Using Microsoft Office to Create Content That Gets Noticed: Creating Powerful Content with Microsoft Office, is an update of her previous book, Office Documents: 2007 Edition. Since Krieger is a Microsoft MVP, she is the best person to write such a detailed book regarding all of the Microsoft 2011 programs.

I especially enjoy the short stories thrown into the book. One would not expect a story about a woman creating excellent content because she is lazy or a quote from Spiderman’s Uncle. These tidbits add to the entertainment and learning appeal of this book. Krieger put a lot of important information in this book, but this computer book is anything but a dry read.

With the book page total at 865, many will find this book intimidating initially by the size. However, the table of contents makes it easy to find a topic and the topic itself will be read entirely as to not miss any good tips. This book is highly recommended to anyone interested in advancing their Office 2011 and making their work look more professional in less time than you spend currently.

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