9780735627314x[1] Kenyon here. We’re very pleased to announce that Katherine Murray’s latest book, Microsoft Word 2010 Plain & Simple, has shipped to the printer!

This colorful guide helps you learn the simplest ways to get things done with Word 2010! Kathy shows you how to create professional-looking documents with ease; organize, edit, and format text; apply themes, styles, and other design elements; work with graphics, tables, and charts; take advantage of pre-built templates, or make your own; and edit a document with others simultaneously—online. The easy-to-follow steps and screenshots show exactly what to do. Handy tips teach new techniques and shortcuts. Quick “Try This” exercises help you to apply what you learn right away.

Kathy’s book will be available via online retailers around August 15. In the meantime, here’s more information about the book:

Contents at a Glance

Chapter 1: About This Book …………………………1

Chapter 2: Getting Started with Word 2010…………………….7

Chapter 3: Editing Your Content…………………….29

Chapter 4: Formatting Documents……………………….59

Chapter 5: Designing Great Layouts…………………………….97

Chapter 6: Adding Graphics to Your Documents…………………….127

Chapter 7: Word 2010 for Blogging, Mailing, and More……………………..155

Chapter 8: Adding Special Features for Long Documents…………………………175

Chapter 9: Sharing, Co-Authoring, and Finalizing Your Document…………………195

Chapter 10: Customizing and Securing Word…………………………..215

Introduction

Microsoft Word 2010 is a big program with features that can help you produce all kinds of great documents—from simple invitations to sophisticated scientific papers. If you want to get the most from Word 2010 in the shortest amount of time and least amount of effort—and who doesn’t?—this book is for you. You’ll find Microsoft Word 2010 Plain& Simple to be a straightforward, easy-to-read guide that presents all of the how-to’s in a clear, visual way. Your computer should help you easily accomplish what you want to do, not require that you work harder or longer, so the purpose of this book is to help you get your work done quickly and efficiently and then push back from the computer and go do the things you really want to do in your life.

Office 2010 includes many exciting new features that make collaboration easier than ever and bring fresh, attractive energy to the files we create—documents, worksheets, presentations, and more. In my own work in Word 2010, I tend to use the translation features and the new artistic additions (as well as themes and styles) more than any of the other new features (although I love the co-authoring capabilities as well).

The improvements in the translation tools are great and I use them regularly, collaborating with friends and colleagues in different countries. I can easily translate the introduction for a Portuguese book, write a letter to a friend in Denmark including salutations in her own language, and use proofing tools that help me know I’m using phrases properly and understanding clearly what I write. What’s more, I can use the Play feature on the Mini Translator tool to actually learn what the translated text sounds like. That adds some fun to my work and helps me easily expand my language skills along the way.

The artistic effects and text effects available in Word 2010 make is super simple to create documents that have a real professional look. By simply applying one of the artistic filters to a photo in a report, for example, I can create a stylized graphic that looks as though it were designed by a talented (and probably expensive!) graphic artist. The text effects enable me to add just the right amount of design to special text items like headlines, labels, and even page numbers; and Word’s building blocks give me an easy way to add text I use repeatedly—already formatted using the styles I like—into any document I’m creating.