Critique of Microsoft Word User Manual
A good introduction is the key to writing a book, an essay, and a user manual. I like reading the Microsoft Word 2007 user manual because it begins with an introduction to the authors that contributed to the user manual, sharing their fields of expertise and experience in technical writing. An introduction like this gives the reader assurance that the content of the manual really comes from the people with much experience in the area and the user manual will be as useful as they hope to expect. The manual also describe about the new features in Microsoft Word 2007, when you first launch the program, you can already tell that Word 2007 is more visually pleasing, but this section goes beyond the obvious make over to describe new and different features from previous versions of the Microsoft Word which helps the end user learn what to expect and what to do if they stumble upon a feature that is unfamiliar to them.
By looking at the layout and design, I can tell that the author is very professional; everything is very clear and to the point. I think the most basic of beginners will have no problem understanding the software through this user manual, they use simple and short sentences, not long and confusing paragraphs. However, when I searched for anything that would help to describe certain terminologies such as “footnote” or “bullets” I could not find any. I think I may have just missed it because the manual is very. But if the explanations for those terms are not really in the manual, then it is something that I would highly recommend to add in the next version of the user manual.
The Microsoft Word 2007 user manual is an excellent guide for everyone who wants to learn more about the program beyond the type and print. The manual also explains how to add commands to your quick access toolbar, as we all know that they changed the design layout for the 2007, and it is not the same as the 2003 anymore....