If you've been living on Mars for the past decade or so, you may never have heard of the software bundle called Microsoft Office. But more likely, you have an intimate relationship with at least one of the programs in the package: Microsoft Word (for creating text documents), Microsoft Excel (spreadsheets), and PowerPoint (presentations). Some versions of Office also include programs such as Access (for creating databases) or FrontPage (for creating Web pages).
This chapter offers a grab bag of hints for maximizing the many benefits of Office 2003. It also tells you how to secure a fully working ‚ and fully free ‚ software suite that handles most of the same tasks as Microsoft Office.