Windows and Word for Windows - 2 Books
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Word For Windows 6 Solutions: Elaine Marmel;
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN 0-471-30413-1; paperback;
528 pages; US$24.95, CAN$32.50.
Title: Jamsa's 1001 Windows Tips; Kris Jamsa; Jamsa Press;
ISBN: 0-9635851-0-X; paperback; 600 pages;
US$ 39.95, CAN$51.95
Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "Here are a pair of over-the-shoulder
advisers who will be with you long after the course is over and
everyone has gone home. One of them can even be loaded
into Windows via the included disk and called on with a touch
of mouse to icon."
Two Computer Consultants on your Bookshelf
Millions of dollars are wasted each year by businesses and
individuals on seminars and courses purporting to teach all
the secrets of working comfortably with Windows and Word
For Windows 6. They fail because no matter how hard we
concentrate only 5 per cent of the material covered is
understood and retained.
Here are a pair of over-the-shoulder advisers who will be
with you long after the course is over and everyone has
gone home. One of them can even be loaded into Windows
via the included disk and called on with a touch of mouse
to icon. Bracket them on either side of the Microsoft User's
Guides and you have an answer for very conceivable
question that could arise.
To begin with, the well organized layout of Word For
Windows 6 Solutions is a solution in itself to the rather
obscurely written Microsoft User's Guide. Chapters
are set out in stand alone fashion so that readers can
jump around the book in any order their interest takes
them without fear of getting lost.
The book starts off with a 26 page "Troubleshooting
Guide" indexed to the relevant pages followed by a
9 page familiarization trip through the screens particular
to Word for Windows 6. Over 200 tasks are broken into
step-by-step directions and accompanied by pertinent
tips in shaded boxes in the margins. All this can be
tracked through a finely detailed index.
Author Elaine Marmel is the president of a computer
training organization and has authored over 10 books
on various areas of computer use. Her experience
shows on every page, and we are the beneficiaries.
I can only guess that there are about 600 plus pages
in Jamsa's 1001 Windows Tips because they aren't
numbered, but I know for sure that there are 1001 well
documented tips on those pages covering every
aspect of the operation of Windows 3.1.
The Table of Contents take up the first 20 pages
to set out in sections,details on the tips to be found
inside. If you can't find what you're looking for there,
go to the back of the book to the detailed index, or
go Online via the icon for 1001 Help loaded from
the companion disk. Although this uses 1.5 megabytes
of memory it is a big plus.
For example, there is a fascinating section containing
104 tips on what DOS 6 should be doing, and how to
make it perform better while running invisibly behind
There are another 123 tips on Windows for Workgroups
the outstanding Microsoft LAN [Local Area Network]
netware that is of so much help to small and large office
environments. The other 774 tips cover all the other
wonderful things that we can do with Windows if we only
knew how. Now we can.
Jamsa [say as in James not jam] Press books are
noted for crisp organization of subjects and visually
pleasing, easy-to-understand, graphic layouts.
1001 Windows Tips is no exception and readers will
find very easy to "surf" for solutions.
These are two computer consultants that are always
there when you need them, and well worth the money.
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