Getting Started With Office 2010

Training and Getting Started With Office 2010
I often think one of the underutilized resources by users of Microsoft Office products are the free online and downloadable training tools provided by Microsoft.  Provided below are some links to a few of the Office training tools I’ve come across that can be used to both teach users about Office features and help users transition to Microsoft Office 2010.

Microsoft Office Interactive Training Courses
If you go to the Training – Microsoft Office link above, You will see a section titled Browse all Office 2010 training.  Select an Office 2010 Application from that section, and you will wind up at one of these pages. Here you will find the full list of training courses available for each Office 2010 application.  These are interactive training presentations with audio.  Each of these courses has a stated completion time of somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour. They may not make experts out of Office users, but can be used as healthy introductions to help make a smoother transition to Office 2010. The on-line course includes self-assessment. To do the interactive practices the corresponding Office application should be installed.

 Make the Switch Interactive Training Courses
Listed here are the Make the switch training courses. Each of these courses are stated to take somewhere between 35 minutes and an hour to complete. These can be used as introductions for current users of Microsoft Office Applications. These are interactive training presentations with audio.  The on-line course includes self-assessment. The interactive practices require the corresponding Office application be installed.  You can also download the Powerpoint presentations.

Interactive Guides that Help You Find Office Commands
First introduced for Office 2007, The interactive guides are interactive animations that demonstrate where menu and toolbar commands have been relocated to in Office 2010.  They are easy to use and quite useful.

  1. Start an Interactive Guide.  It displays the Office 2003 interface
  2. Set your mouse cursor over a command within the Office 2003 interface and it briefly describes the new location
  3. Click the command or button that you want to find
  4. The guide rotates from Office 2003 to Office 2010 and demonstrates its new location in the 2010 version of the application

Office Ribbon, Office Button and Office 2010 Backstage
The Ribbon replaces traditional menus which had become increasingly cluttered as more features and commands were added. The Ribbon commands are organized into tabs that group related commands together.

Office 2007 Office Button Replaces the File menu in Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, and Word 2007

The Backstage view is where you now manage your documents and related data about them — create, save, send, print documents and set options

Download Office 2010 Powerpoint Presentations
These are the downloadable Powerpoint Presentations of the Make the switch training courses. They’re in PowerPoint 2010 format.  You can customize them for group training or view them on your desktop.