Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010 Guide

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 8, 2010
Updated • Aug 10, 2018
Microsoft, Microsoft Office

Microsoft has just released a Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010 guide that gives administrators and users of Office an overview of the changes in Microsoft Office 2010. The ebook acts as a getting started with Office 2010 guide as well.

The book's core audience is mainly IT administrators, help desk, deployment staff and consultants even though it contains valuable information for end users as well.

Update: Microsoft pulled the document from its own server in the meantime. We have uploaded copies to our own download server for archiving purposes. Note that we don't support the documents in any way. You can download them with a click on the following link: (Download Removed)

Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010

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The Office 2010 ebook has a size of 258 pages that are divided into various chapters of interest, among them the following chapters:

  • What's new for IT professionals in Office 2010
  • Overview of the Office user interface in Office 2010 including User interface differences in Office 2010 from earlier versions of Microsoft Office
  • Changes in Office 2010 including what's changed and what's removed sections
  • Migration considerations
  • Changes in Access 2010
  • Changes in Excel 2010
  • Changes in InfoPath 2010
  • Changes in OneNote 2010
  • Changes in Outlook 2010
  • Changes in PowerPoint 2010
  • Changes in Project 2010
  • Changes in SharePoint Designer 2010
  • Changes in SharePoint Workspace 2010
  • Changes in Visio 2010
  • Changes in Word 2010
  • Technical diagrams for Office 2010
  • System requirements for Office 2010
  • Assessment tools for Office 2010
  • Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT) user's guide for Office 2010
  • Microsoft Office Code Compatibility Inspector user's guide
  • Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) for Office 2010
  • 64-bit editions of Office 2010

Some chapters of the book contain information that are not available in all Office 2010 suites; users who have purchased Office Home and Business 2010 for instance do not have access to apps like Publisher or Access.

Most chapters contain what's new, what's changed, what's removed and migration information which can be used to quickly compare the new Office 2010 with previous Office releases.

Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010 is available for free at the Microsoft Download Center. The document is provided in doc format.

Office 2010 users can also access relevant information about Office 2010 on the official Office website. There they find help sections for every Office module available including free guides and training opportunities.

Microsoft Excel 2010 example:

The website offers the following information.

  • Learn where menu and toolbar commands are in Office 2010
  • Basic tasks in Excel 2010, e.g. creating a new workbook, format numbers, applying cell borders and shading, finding and applying templates, sorting data, creating formulas, charts and printing worksheets.
  • Make the switch to Excel 2010 training, a 30-45 minute free training course available online and offline.

Do you use Office 2010? Let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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  1. Atle Iversen said on July 9, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Hmm… this *could* be interesting, but is it an e-book when it is only available in .doc format ?

    Why not make it available in PDF as well, so that people *without* Office and Word could learn about what’s new (and maybe consider purchasing it) ?

  2. Bob Smith said on July 8, 2010 at 9:33 pm
  3. Corey Christiansen said on July 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks for posting this info Martin. I work for M80 (a social media marketing firm) and we were recently hired by Microsoft to promote Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. While on this campaign I’ve found that those who understand the new features and functionality are likely to find value in the products and this doc has it all.

    If by chance you want a more entertaining way to get acquainted with Office 2010- visit the Allure Bays Corp microsite:

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