[bksvol-discuss] Re: How-to question

  • From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 23:53:50 -0500

Hi Kim. Macros are indeed very helpful. Bookshare has some books that can
help get you going. However, I would suggest learning a bit more about Word
itself before you tackle macros. I don't say this to be condescending, and I
hope it doesn't come across that way. You're a fairly new Word user, and I
admire your willingness to learn. You are still in the shallow end of the
swimming pool right now, learning how to float and swim comfortably.
Tackling macros right now would be like trying to jump into the deep end
from the lower diving board, leaving you feeling bewildered and beaten.
You are a smart woman who can learn this skill. You just need a foundation
of more basic skills first. Bookshare can help with that if you want to
learn. There are other ways to learn about Word if reading doesn't work well
for you. 
I learned a lot from two books on Bookshare:
Word 2003 Personal Trainer, at http://www.bookshare.org/browse/book/22391/
This one gives both mouse and keyboard instructions, so a blind person can
use this book to master Word. Most of the concepts also work for Word 2000
and Word XP. However, Word 2007 is a different kettle of fish because of the
Once you've read a few chapters from that, a book called Word Annoyances, at
can help you start doing some of the intermediate and advanced things like
writing macros, using Word to make templates for documents you work with
often, and get tips for handling tables and headings.
There are also audio, text,  and Braille tutorials you can buy that are
specifically designed for blind users with screenreaders. I don't have web
addresses for those in front of me tonight. I can get them from my archived
files if you'd like to try them instead. 
Finally, there are several assistive technology trainers who teach people
how to use Word and/or Excel over the internet using Skype. Some offer group
classes, while others offer private instruction. Their fees are reasonable,
and you get feedback and guidance as you learn.
I hope this helps.
Monica Willyard
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Peter Drucker

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