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Module 1: Productivity Programs

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Introduction to Productivity Programs

Computers help you to perform various tasks, such as drafting a letter,
creating a project report, making a sales presentation, maintaining
household accounts, or managing customer information. To perform each task,
you need specialized programs known as productivity programs.

[Introduction to Productivity Programs]

Common Features and Commands

Most productivity programs include some common features and commands.
These programs also have a common user interface. Therefore, understanding
the main components of a user interface helps you work with various other
programs. In addition, you can use the commands on the Ribbon, the toolbar
buttons, the pointer, and the keyboard shortcuts to quickly perform common
tasks in different programs.

[Common Features and Commands]

Introduction to Word Processors

Word processors help you to work with text-based documents. Using a word
processor, you can edit text and format it to change its appearance in a
document. You can also use a word processor to add tables and pictures in a
text document. In addition, you can use the language tools in a word
processor to correct spelling and grammatical errors. You can also use
advanced word processors, such as Word 2007, to create basic publications
for DTP.

[Introduction to Word Processors]

Introduction to Spreadsheet Programs

You can use a spreadsheet program, such as Excel 2007, to store and
modify data. You can also perform various mathematical calculations, such
as addition, subtraction, and multiplication, in a spreadsheet using
formulas. In addition, you can create charts in a spreadsheet to present
numerical data in an easy-to-understand format. Moreover, you can use the
various printing options available in spreadsheet programs to customize the
way you want to print a spreadsheet.

[Introduction to Spreadsheet Programs]

Introduction to Presentation Programs

You can use a presentation program, such as PowerPoint 2007, to create
audiovisual materials that can be used to present information. Using
presentation programs, you can use text, graphics, and multimedia elements
to support your key points. You can also distribute printed copies of a
presentation by using the various printing options available in
presentation programs.

[Introduction to Presentation Programs]

Introduction to Database Programs

You can use a database program, such as Access 2007, to store, edit, and
format information. You can also sort and filter the data stored in the
database. You can also use a query to retrieve specific information from a
database. In addition, you can generate queries and reports in a database
program to organize, summarize, and perform calculations on the data stored
in a database.

[Introduction to Database Programs]