You're no dummy. You chose Office 2000 because it's powerful and popular, and you expect you'll be able to boost your productivity prodigiously. You're right, but there's a better way to learn how to use it than just diving in cold or frantically juggling all those manuals: Microsoft Office 2000 6 in 1.
This book calmly leads you through every step of the most common and important tasks involved in navigating Windows and Internet Explorer 5 as well as the Office suite: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and FrontPage. The lessons are divided neatly and are well-indexed--so you can find what you need without too much trouble--and each function proceeds stepwise with illustrations and screen shots as needed.
There's plenty of room for expansion in this content-heavy book, so once you've covered the basics, you can return section by section to learn extra tips and in-depth material when you're ready. Appendices cover installation, getting online help with the Office Assistant, and object linking and embedding (OLE), so beginners and more advanced users alike can get the information most useful to them. Of special interest to graphics-heads are the chapters on the Photodraw imaging package for use with FrontPage and other picture-using programs.
This book treats the reader with respect and quickly moves from chapter to chapter with a minimum of nonsense. Even if you feel like a complete idiot when confronted with all this new software, Microsoft Office 2000 6 in 1 won't treat you like one. --Rob Lightner [via]