How This Book Is Organized

The book starts out in Part I with a description of the Office components (Access, Word, Excel, and Outlook) and what they do best, as a guide to selecting the appropriate Office component for a specific task.

In Part II, more specific coverage is provided for each Office component, with sample databases that illustrate working with Access data, Word documents and templates, Excel worksheets, and Outlook items. This part also includes a chapter on working with files and folders using the FileSystemObject, and another on synchronizing Access contacts with Outlook contacts. This allows you to maintain your contacts in a set of properly normalized linked tables in Access, while also having the ability to reference and use Outlook contacts, without having to do dual entry or manually update contact information. Finally, the last chapter in the part deals with several advanced topics, working with Word and Excel objects.

Part III covers topics that add more functionality to Office, including the creation of COM add-ins with VB 6, Access add-ins, and Visual Studio 2005 Shared add-ins. It also covers customizing the Office 2007 Ribbon with XML in Access databases and with add-ins of various types. Additionally, there is a chapter on creating standalone scripts with Windows Script Host, and another chapter on using Access as a front end for working with SQL Server data.

Conventions and Features

There are many different organizational and typographical features throughout this book designed to help you get the most of the information.

Whenever the authors want to bring something important to your attention, the information will appear in a Tip, Note, or Caution.

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