Office 2010 - the real startup guide - Second Edition out now

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The second edition of “Office 2010: the real startup guide” is now available for new and past purchasers.

We’re delighted to announce that a second edition of Office 2010: the real startup guide is now available for new and past purchasers.

The new edition has over 150 extra pages covering more ways to save money buying Office 2010 and the new features in it.

There’s an entirely new section on the Office 2010 interface. An in-depth look at the Ribbon, Quick Access Toolbar and Backstage plus options for changing it to suit you. Outlook 2010 is covered separately as an extensive look at the many panes available and how to arrange them.

There’s more on 64-bit Office 2010 – the pros and cons. The intriguing Starter Edition and unique ‘To Go‘ option are covered in detail.

Past purchasers of ‘Office 2010: the real startup guide’ have been upgraded to the October 2010, second edition FREE. All you have to do is login to your personal account at and download the ebook again. The second edition will be downloaded automatically to entirely replace your existing copy. The second edition is a complete replacement for your existing PDF.

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“Things you should know that Microsoft won’t tell you: saving money, installing, configuring and using Office 2010”

Office 2010: the real startup guide is a comprehensive guide to buying, preparing, installing and configuring Office 2010. We’ll help you properly prepare for installing Office 2010. After all it’s probably the most used piece of software on your computer, aside from Windows itself – so it’s worth getting right.

We’ll give you information that Microsoft doesn’t provide ‘up front’ so that you can make a properly informed installation. applies to all versions of Office 2010 including:

  • Home and Student edition

  • Home and Business edition

  • Professional edition

  • Standard edition

  • Professional Plus edition.

Save Money

We have many tips for cheaper options for buying Office 2010 for less than retail.  You can obey that old saying:  ” Never pay retail “  There are many ways to buying the same Microsoft Office software.  Prices vary a lot and it’s easy to pay too much for Office 2010.  We also have detailed advice on the computer hardware that’s best to run Office 2010, far more information than Microsoft’s brief and understated system requirements. There’s also special advice and tips for netbook users.


Microsoft likes to push the line that installing their software is simple and easy. For the most part it is easy, but there are things that you should do to make the process easier so your computing is more stable and efficient.

Netbooks and some laptops don’t have a DVD drive – we show how you can install Microsoft Office from a DVD disk without an optical drive on the computer.

Microsoft’s Product Activation helps them prevent software piracy and usually works fine for customers.  We show you how to avoid activation problems and plead your case to Microsoft.

64-BIT OFFICE 2010

We have special coverage on installing and using 64-bit Office 2010.


What Microsoft wants isn’t necessarily what you need.  Microsoft chooses the original settings based on what they think people want and, occasionally, some marketing agenda.  The ribbon interface can now be easily changed in Office 2010 – we show you how. The Quick Access Toolbar can also be loaded up with your most commonly used commands – we have step-by-step instructions.

Using Office 2010

We look in-depth at some of the new and changed Office 2010 features including the new Backstage.

Image Editing gets a big boost in Office 2010. Image correction, Artistic effects, new cropping features and a nifty Background Removal Tool all let you make quick changes inside a document or presentation instead of needing another program.  We look at all these options in detail with plenty of full color examples.

There are many new Text Effects and access to new OpenType options for a more professionally typeset document.

Outlook’s People Pane is a new venture into social networking, however it has uses even if you don’t link to Facebook etc. 

Excel Sparklines and Slicers plus updates to Solver and Conditional Formatting.

OneNote 2010 is worth checking out, especially since it now has heading styles, better lists, linked notes and a docking option.  Best of all, you can put your notes online and access them from any browser.



  • Office 2010

    •  Home and Student

    • Home and Business

    • Professional

    • Standard

    • Professional Plus

  • Word 2010

  • Excel 2010

  • PowerPoint 2010

  • Outlook 2010

  • OneNote 2010

Office 2010: the real startup guide has over 400 pages of original content.

·         Introduction   &   Table of Contents

It costs only US$9.95 for Office Watch subscribers compared with the retail price of $16.95 – a $7.00 saving.  Similar prices are available in Canadian dollars, British pounds, Euro and Australian dollars – click here


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