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Table: How To Find Help Customizing Off The Shelf Software


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TABLE: How to Find Help Customizing Off-the-Shelf Software

ONLINE Pick up shareware software and tips from electronic

bulletin boards and computer forums. CompuServe's

Microsoft Forum contains free "template" applica-

tions for customizing E-mail and spreadsheets. Lotus

posts free templates for 1-2-3 and Word Pro on its

Internet site at http:\\WWW.lotus.com.

DEVELOPERS Major software companies compile directories of

business software specialists. Check out local listings

of Microsoft Solutions Providers, Lotus Business Part-

ners, or Novell Perfect Fit Developers in directories

made available by the software giants.

BOOKSTORES, Get your start at the local bookstore--where the computer

NEWSLETTERS section now bulges with how-to guides for various programs.

Newsletters, such as the $70-a-year Inside Microsoft Office,

are good sources for programming ideas.

COLLEGES Often, professors in the computer science department can

recommend local experts. Try an evening adult-education

course to master common business programs.


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