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Get Revved Up for Office and Outlook 2007!
By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Student Computing Services Manager
Unless you have been blissfully living under a rock at UNT during the past few months, you've heard the rumors and whispers, ".....GroupWise is going away....We are moving to Outlook 2007....Someone sent me an email with a Word 2007 attachment and I couldn't open it....." Well, don't be caught flat-footed. Use these dog days of summer to prepare yourself for Outlook and Office 2007 - beat the rush with a variety of resources here at UNT and beyond!
First of all, remember that UNT provides computer-based training from SkillSoft and our current site features several introductory courses in Office 2007 products. The most recent addition to the courses available is Getting Started with Outlook 2007:
All persons enrolled or hired at UNT prior to January 2006 already have a computer-based training account created and can log into the system right away. Newer students, staff, and faculty need to request an account from me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't know about our SkillSoft computer-based training or need to review how to access this resource see the updated introductory article "SkillPort Training Site Update" in this issue.
Additionally, Microsoft itself provides some great FREE training online via their extensive website. This training is quite easy to access and use. First, go to the Microsoft main site at (where else?) http://www.microsoft.com. On the right hand selection menu choose Training & Events:
On the Training & Events page, choose Office Online Training & Demos:
There is lots of training to choose from! Microsoft has new and recommended courses highlighted at the top of the training page and then an extensive menu of Office 2007 and Office 2003 courses:
Using Outlook 2007 as an example, just click on the link and see a variety of courses to choose from. Previous users have rated these courses for you as to their effectiveness. You are also given a time frame of how long it will take to go through the course. As you can see, all of the courses are under an hour in length and most are under 30 minutes in length so they will not take very much time at all:
The courses are quick and to-the-point with great screen shots and good, clear explanations. You can listen to the courses being read to you by turning on the audio (it is actually turned on by default) or you can turn off the audio and read through the courses page by page. On the left-hand side is a detailed table of contents:
Finally, if you are the type of person who likes really super-detailed explanations, user's manuals and so on...don't forget about the UNT Libraries' great online technical books resource Safari. A detailed discussion of Safari and how to use it is found at: http://www.unt.edu/benchmarks/archives/2006/november06/librarycbt.htm. Going to the Safari electronic source catalog and typing in an Office 2007 or Outlook 2007 search term will yield you all the online texts available for you to read. In the following example, I typed in Word 2007 and came up with over 300 books dealing with that topic:
Remember, if you need help in narrowing down your book selection, the UNT Library reference desk personnel are happy to help you in your choices.
So...no need to be worried about the technological updates and changes going on here at UNT - we have lots of training available to serve you online. Additionally, the Computing and Information Technology Center and your distributed areas should be offering classroom-based courses as well. In the meantime, get online and get going for the summer!