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Browse the tables below for  links to websites that offer useful information in the form of hints, tips, tricks, and techniques for Microsoft Access, Excel, FrontPage, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word, as well as Office itself. Many of the sites listed also have sample files you can download. And we list a few sites of related interest.

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Office-Related Websites

Office

Microsoft Office Home

The official home page for Microsoft Office contains specifications, hardware requirements, and pricing information. It's also the gateway to the many Office-related pages on Microsoft's Web site.

Microsoft Office Templates Home

Introduced in the summer of 2000, the Microsoft Office Template Gallery contains dozens of professionally-prepared document templates, organized by subject.

Microsoft Office Clip Art and Media Home

Microsoft's on-line clip art gallery has hundreds of clips available for download. Downloaded clips go directly into your on-disk clip art gallery.

Microsoft Office Online Assistance Center

This is the official “tips and tricks” center for Microsoft Office. It contains tips and articles for all programs in the Microsoft Office family.

Microsoft Office Resource Kit Home

This is the online version of the Microsoft Office Resource Kit, published by Microsoft Press. It's an indispensable reference for system administrators or anyone interested in what's "under the Hood" in the Microsoft Office applications.

Microsoft Office Specialist Home

Shortly after Microsoft released Office 97, they introduced the Certified Microsoft Office User Program, a set of standards that allowed people to earn certificates attesting to their proficiency in using the different applications in the suite. Candidates take an exam given in the application and, if successful, receive a certificate from Microsoft. In the fall of 1997, Microsoft changed the name of the program to "Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)." If you're interested in the program, this page has all the information you need.

Computertips.com

This site offers a nice collection of tips on Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Office.

mjyOnline

Computer technology writer Michael J. Young has written several books on Microsoft Office. Now he brings us this site as a companion to those books, featuring book descriptions, errata, downloadable sample files, and links. This site is worth visiting even if you've never read any of the books, because it includes a nice selection of useful tips.

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Access

Microsoft Access Home

The official home page for Microsoft Access contains product information, pricing, hardware requirements, and frequently-asked questions; tips and tricks, how-to articles, templates, and downloads; and links to articles from Microsoft's Knowledge Base.

Allen Browne's Tips for Access Users

Access expert Allen Browne presents an extensive collection of tips, advice, and links. The tips are divided into "Tips for Casual Users" and "Tips for Serious Users."

Applecore Pages on Microsoft Access

Access guru "Applecore" brings us this site. It's somewhat Spartan in appearance but well-organized and full of useful information. We especially liked the step-by-step Access tutorial.

Microsoft Access Help Center

This site comes to us from the UK. It features over 60 tips, plus a discussion forum.

MS Access Tips from BPro Inc

South Dakota-based consulting firm BPro Inc. presents this page of useful tips.

Excel

Excel has inspired more outstanding sites than any other application in the Microsoft Office family. Of all the Excel-related sites on the Web, these are the ones to visit. All of them offer lots of information, links to many other sites, and useful downloads. (McRitchie, Pearson, and Walkenbach have been frequent contributors to the Excel newsgroups. Post a question there and one of them may answer it.)

Microsoft Excel Home

The official home page for Microsoft Excel contains product information, pricing, hardware requirements, and frequently-asked questions; tips and tricks, how-to articles, templates, and downloads; and links to articles from Microsoft's Knowledge Base.

Contextures Excel Tips and Techniques

Excel expert Debra Dalgleish presents this collection of useful tips. We love the way this page is laid out, making it very easy to locate a specific tip. Some of the tips are better characterized as short articles, with many screenshots to guide you along. Most impressive!

David McRitchie's Excel Pages

Excel expert David McRitchie publishes this site. It contains a lot of useful material in the form of tips, tricks, and short articles on all aspects of Excel.

Excel Help Page

Certified Public Accountant John F. Lacher brings us this fine site. Its free features include downloadable sample files and recommended reading.

Jon Peltier's Excel Pages

Want to learn about Excel charts? Then visit this site from Excel expert Jon Peltier. It's a well-organized site with attractive pages that present lots of useful information, downloadable sample files, and links to chart-related pages on other sites. We can't wait until Jon finishes his "evolving" chart tutorial!

MrExcel.com

This site features a well-organized collection of tips and articles. Users at all skill levels will find something useful here. Definitely worth a visit.

Pearson Software Consulting, LLC

Excel expert Chip Pearson of Pearson Software Consulting, LLC publishes this site, which features a veritable treasure trove of material, carefully indexed by subject.

Stephen Bullen's Excel Page

Excel expert Stephen Bullen created and has published this extensive collection of Excel utilities. While some of the material shows its age (just who needs Excel 97 utilities anymore?) most of it is still interesting and useful.

The Spreadsheet Page

Author and Excel expert John Walkenbach offers a wealth of material. Visit this site for the spreadsheet-related jokes, if for nothing else.

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FrontPage

Microsoft FrontPage Home

The official home page for Microsoft FrontPage contains product information, pricing, hardware requirements, and frequently-asked questions; tips and tricks, how-to articles, templates, and downloads; and links to articles from Microsoft's Knowledge Base.

Outlook

Microsoft Outlook Home

The official home page for Microsoft Outlook contains product information, pricing, hardware requirements, and frequently-asked questions; tips and tricks, how-to articles, templates, and downloads; and links to articles from Microsoft's Knowledge Base.

Slipstick Systems

Author and Outlook expert Sue Mosher, whose consulting company is called Slipstick Systems, offers lots of valuable information, and links to other Outlook-related resources.

PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint Home

The official home page for Microsoft PowerPoint contains product information, pricing, hardware requirements, and frequently-asked questions; tips and tricks, how-to articles, templates, and downloads; and links to articles from Microsoft's Knowledge Base.

Ellen Finkelstein: PowerPoint tips & tutorials

Author and PowerPoint expert Ellen Finkelstein offers this extensive collection of PowerPoint resources, including downloadable excerpts from her books, links to her online presentations and articles, and PowerPoint tips.

Indezine

This attractive site is a veritable treasure trove of PowerPoint resources. Visit it for links, articles, templates, and product reviews.

powerpointbackgrounds.com

The eight free online tutorials on these pages make this a "must-see" site. There is also an attractive collection of PowerPoint hints and tips, links to PowerPoint resources and a glossary of PowerPoint terms. 

PowerPoint Tips & Tricks

A Bit Better brings us this collection of "Power Pointers," or PowerPoint tips and tricks, frequently-asked questions, links to PowerPoint resources, and a user forum.

Rindsberg Digital Photography (RDP) 

Author and PowerPoint expert Steve Rindsberg, of Rindsberg Digital Photography, offers answers to frequently asked questions in the "PowerPoint FAQ" section of this site.

Sonia Coleman's Digital Studio

Visit PowerPoint expert Sonia Coleman's site for tips and tricks, tutorials, and a huge collection of templates for download. You'll also find frequently-asked questions and useful links to PowerPoint resources.

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Word

Microsoft Word Home

 

The official home page for Microsoft Word contains product information, pricing, hardware requirements, and frequently-asked questions; tips and tricks, how-to articles, templates, and downloads; and links to articles from Microsoft's Knowledge Base.

Microsoft Word MVP FAQ Site The official site for Microsoft Word's Most Valuable Professionals contains pages and pages of frequently asked questions, tutorials, downloads, samples and links for all versions of Word since Word 97. A "must-see" site.

Of Related Interest

Microsoft Help and Support

This is the home page for Microsoft's Help and Support Center. You can search Microsoft's extensive Knowledge Base from here.

Microsoft Press

 

This is an overview page for Microsoft Press, which publishes lots of books about Microsoft Office (now, why doesn't that surprise us?).

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