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e-Notes Vol. 3 No. 2

                                      SUMMER CLASS REGISTRATION:                                              


Here’s a reminder from the CCSC to be sure to check the PREREQUISITES for the classes you are signing up for.  This will help to ensure that the class is not too hard nor too easy for you.  Kind of like Goldilocks…be sure that it is “just right” for you. 


There will be a Computer College Round-Up again and this will give you an opportunity to talk to the instructors who will be happy to help you right the class that is “just right” for you.  Keep the date April 3rd open and plan to attend.  The Round-Up will be held at 10:00 am in the Grand Cypress Room in the Woodlands.  Watch your local bulletin boards for the announcements. 



THAT IS THE QUESTION.                                                                      

Denton Smith, Instructor and CCSC member, offers the following information to help you decide:

For the new computer user there is often some confusion between these two programs. Both programs can be used for word processing, numerical records or listings but they use different methods to accomplish similar objectives. The two programs, however, do not ‘talk’ to each other. Here are some of the differences between the two programs. 

Microsoft WORKS was designed for the INDIVIDUAL user.

The program WORKS has (1) Word Processing (2) a Spreadsheet and (3) a Database all within the same envelope.

With the Word Processing you can prepare most any type of document such as letters or manuscripts, insert pictures and do most anything with a document that an individual might need.

With the Spreadsheet you can create records containing both text and numbers, maintain financial records and build a document such as a personal telephone directory so that individual changes can readily be made. The single Spreadsheet has 16,384 rows and 217 columns.

With the Database you can, for example, prepare a personal address book and in conjunction with the Word Processing part of WORKS, print individually addressed envelopes or a sheet of individually addressed labels. 

WORKS has all the basic features that are needed by most individual users. Best of all, for approximately 15 years, WORKS has been, and continues to be, already installed, upgraded but not materially changed, on most new computers. 

Microsoft OFFICE was designed for the CORPORATE user. 

Microsoft OFFICE contains three programs. They are (1) WORD which is the word processing program, (2) EXCEL which is the spreadsheet program and (3) POWER POINT which is a presentation program.

The word processing program WORD is a sophisticated program that allows the writer many more options when composing a document than does Works. Unfortunately, WORD is often used to describe any word processing program and confusion is the result. 

WORD is the name of a specific word processing program that is part of Microsoft Office.

The spreadsheet program EXCEL is, again a more sophisticated program than the spreadsheet in Works. One feature in EXCEL that may be desirable is that multiple sheets are available when Excel is opened. In the 2007 version there are 1,048,576 rows and 16,384 columns available on each sheet.

PowerPoint was originally designed for sales presentations by any marketing endeavor. Individual users have broadened its scope by using it in slide shows of varying subjects.

Microsoft OFFICE has been upgraded and changed about every three or four years. Microsoft OFFICE is a separate purchase. 

Both WORKS and OFFICE by Microsoft are excellent programs. WORKS is basic and OFFICE is the deluxe program available at an added cost.


Now, that is news you can really use….




Published by the Computer College Steering Committee (CCSC)

Penny Modrich, Editor