[bksvol-discuss] Re: How-to question

  • From: "Chela Robles" <cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 21:54:56 -0800

How-to questionWhen you're ready which won't be for quite sometime, 
Also, I did a keyword search for macros in bookshare and I found:


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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Monica Willyard 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 8:53 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: How-to question

  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 ribbon.

  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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