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The following document is divided into 7 sections:


Office 2003 support at CERN

Office 2003 is installed by default on all newly installed NICE XP computer.

Office 2003 Updates

CMF will deploy automatically any missing update for Office.

What is Office 2003 ?

Like the previous Office Suite, Office 2003 is a set of integrated applications that covers the main needs of a general purpose user at CERN.

  • Word that is the traditional "Word processor". In its original design, Word was targeted to produce books and letters but it has now become a very powerful HTML editor to create web pages.  

  • PowerPoint is the application that allows you to create slides for presentations. PowerPoint files can be presented on screen using a video projector or printed on transparencies and projected using traditional overhead projectors.

  • Outlook is the application you can use to send and receive electronic mail and for your agenda.

  • Excel is the famous spreadsheet.

  • Access is the application that allows you to create your own database.

FrontPage is not part of Office 2003. Nevertheless, this package is installed once you have register your Nice XP from the web registration form (see How To Install Office 2003). FrontPage is the application that you can use to create web pages and manage web sites (the http://cern.ch/Winservices site has been made entirely using FrontPage).

Programs included in Office 2003 : Publisher 2003, InfoPath 2003.

There are additional applications part of Office Suite namely Project 2003, Visio 2003, Office 2003 Proofing Tools that are also available from Add / Remove CMF packages on NICE.

The strength of Office applications is their interoperability: for example it is very easy to send using Outlook a customized Word document (mail Merge) that reads the email addresses from an Access database. Similarly, you can easily link an Excel datasheet into a web page that you have created using FrontPage and so on.

What is new in Office 2003 ?

Overview

What's new in Office 2003 ?

Office 2003 mark the most significant version of Office ever released. Office 2003 address productivity challenges in large and small businesses and gives you better visibility into business information. You can gain deeper insights, make better decisions, and take more effective action to make your business more productive and successful. Office 2003 have improved in four areas: information management and control, business processes, communication and collaboration, and personal productivity. For more information, read the Office 2003 overview.

What are the major changes between Office 2003 Editions and Microsoft Office XP ?

  • Broader support for Extensible Markup Language (XML). Word 2003, Excel 2003, and Access 2003 offer XML schemas you can customize for using data, smart documents, and programmable task panes (such as the Research task pane).

  • A redesigned version of Outlook with an improved Reading Pane, cached mode, e-mail conversation thread condensers, and other improvements.

  • Greater integration with Microsoft SharePoint Services (not implemented at CERN). This provides increased collaboration through team sites, such as Document Workspaces, Meeting Workspaces, and other collaboration tools.

See this document to get a comparison between previous Office and Office 2003 features.
(source: http://www.microsoft.com/office/editions/prodinfo/compare.mspx).

For a detailed description of the new features of Office 2003 applications and FrontPage 2003, please refer to the table below:

Detailed description of New Features

Office 2003 Guide (without Preview)

Office 2003 Guide (with Preview)

FrontPage 2003 Guide (with Preview)

File size: 941 KB
File type: Microsoft Word (*.doc)

File size: 3.01 MB
File type: Microsoft Word (*.doc)

File size: 4.57 MB
File type: Microsoft Word (*.doc)

Learning how to use Office 2003

If you are a beginner to Office, you should get a book on it from the Computing Bookshop (http://consult.cern.ch/books/), where you will find generic books on all Office applications or more specific ones on the individual applications, namely Access, Excel, FrontPage, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. If you have used Office before, the on line help is often enough. You can access the OnLine help using the F1 key

The online help is very comprehensive and consist of several thousand pages of reference documentation. If this is not enough, you have several resources on the web including http://office.microsoft.com/ which contains literally thousands of tips, tricks, how-to document,s patches and add-ons. The official site for office remains http://www.microsoft.com/office/. On this site, you will find several links to the documentation including tutorials and guided tours through the main office features. 

Ways to get assistance while you work

Asking for Help from the Office Assistant

When you have a question about a Microsoft Office program, you can ask the Office Assistant. For example, to get Help about how to format a message, type " How do I format a message?" in the Assistant. If the correct topic doesn't appear in the Assistant balloon, click None of the above, look for more help on the Web at the bottom of the list of topics. You will get suggestions on how to phrase a question to the Office Assistant or how to narrow your search by using keywords. 

The Assistant automatically provides Help topics and tips on tasks you perform as you work � before you even ask a question. For example, when you compose a message, the Assistant automatically displays topics for helping you compose messages. The Assistant also displays tips on how to use the features in the Office programs more effectively. Click the light bulb next to the Assistant to see a tip. 

Getting Help from the Help menu

Getting Help from the Help menu Just click Microsoft Outlook Help on the Help menu. If the Assistant is turned on, it appears. If the Assistant is turned off, the Help window appears. To type a question in the Help window, click the Answer Wizard tab. To scroll through a table of contents for Help, click the Contents tab. When you want to search for specific words or phrases, click the Index tab. To see a ScreenTip for a menu command, toolbar button, or screen region, click What's This? on the Help menu and then click the item you want information about.

Starting Office 2003

You can run Office 2003 from the Start Menu ([All] Programs | Microsoft Office)  or by double-clicking a Microsoft Office document (eg.: .doc, .xls, .ppt, .mdb).

Note that there are additional utilities available in the submenu Start | [All] Programs | Microsoft Office | Microsoft Office Tools

Note also that from the Start Menu under [All] Programs, you can also create directly a new Office document or opening an existing one by using "New Office Document" or "Open Office Document"

Maintaining and repairing Office 2003 on your computer

End-users can remove, change Office components only if they have sufficient privileges to perform these tasks. In practice, only the members of the local 'Administrators' group can do this. However, any users can repair any Office 2003 installation.

To repair Office, just select "Detect and Repair" from the "help" menu within any office application.