The Bottom Line
- directions are clear and easy for a beginner to follow
- lots of tips for enhancing your PowerPoint skills further
- format is well organized
- use of real world examples
- lack of color pictures to help illustrate
- great resource for beginners
- clear and informative explanations
- many illustrations - great for "visual learners"
- lots of tips and tricks for those not so new to PowerPoint
Guide Review - "How to Do Everything With Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003" - Ellen Finkelstein
Sometimes you just need to know in a hurry, how to do a specific task. The Table of Contents clearly outlines what to expect in each chapter, so it is an easy matter to find exactly what you need to know at that moment.
I found the chapter on adding charts to a presentation to be especially informative for a beginner. Ellen goes the extra steps, explaining all the different chart types, which is often confusing to a new user.
My only criticism is the lack of any color photos in the book. PowerPoint is a very visual presentation tool and the areas of the book designated to discussing color combinations and contrast would certainly be more effective with the addition of color.
All in all, this book is a ideal resource for those wishing to learn how to use PowerPoint or to build on their current knowledge. It will have a prominent place on my bookshelf for easy reference.