Office 2010:

New Features (First Look Edition)

Frequently asked questions and instructor notes

Topic A0:   Classroom setup

All our courses assume that each student has a personal computer to use during the class. Our hands-on approach to learning requires that they do. This topic gives information on how to set up the classroom to teach this course.

Hardware requirements

Each student’s personal computer should have:

·    A keyboard and a mouse

·    1GHz processor (or faster)

·    1GB RAM (or higher)

·    1.5 GB of available hard drive space after the operating system is installed

·    A monitor with at least 1024 × 768 resolution

·    A printer is required to complete Activity C-2 in the unit titled “The Office 2010 interface” and Activity B-4 in the unit “New PowerPoint features,” although students can opt not to print.

Software requirements

You will need the following software:

·    Microsoft Windows 7

·    Microsoft Office 2010

·    Adobe Reader

Network requirements

The following network components and connectivity are also required for this course:

·    Internet access, for the following purposes:

   Downloading the latest critical updates and service packs

   Sending and receiving e-mail (If Internet access is not available, students will not be able to complete the unit titled “New Outlook features.”)

   Downloading the Student Data files from

   Downloading the PowerPoint files from

Classroom setup instructions

Before you teach this course, you will need to perform the following steps to set up each student computer.

1   Install Windows on an NTFS partition according to the software publisher’s instructions. After installation is complete, if the student machines have Internet access, use Windows Update to install any critical updates and Service Packs.

     Note: You can also use Windows Vista or Windows XP, but the screen shots in this course were taken in Windows 7, so students’ screens might look somewhat different.

2   With flat-panel displays, we recommend using the panel’s native resolution for best results. Color depth/quality should be set to High (24 bit) or higher.

3   Install Microsoft Office 2010 according to the software manufacturer’s instructions, as follows:

a   When prompted for the CD key, enter the code included with your software and click Continue.

b   At the next screen click Customize.

c   Click the Installation Options tab.

d   For Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Office Shared Features, and Office Tools, click the down-arrow and choose “Run all from My Computer.”

e   Set all except the following to Not Available: Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Office Shared Features, and Office Tools.

f    Click Install Now.

g   On the last screen of the Office 2010 installer, click Continue Online. Internet Explorer displays the Office Online Web site, and the installer window closes.

h   On the Office Online Web page, click the Downloads tab. Download and install any available updates.

i    Close Internet Explorer.

4   Start Microsoft Office Word 2010. Then do the following:

a   Activate the software. After activation, the Welcome to the 2010 Microsoft Office System dialog box appears.

b   Select “Don’t make changes” and click Finish.

c   Close Word.

5   Disable Protected View settings for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as follows:

a   On the File tab, click Options.

b   Select Trust Center and click Trust Center Settings.

c   Select Protected View and clear “Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet.”

d   Click OK twice to save the settings.

e   Close the application.

6   Create e-mail accounts for the students. Students will need access to e-mail accounts to complete the unit titled “New Outlook features.” They will need to send and receive e-mail. To complete the activities, students will work in pairs. You can create free accounts for students with a service such as Gmail or Windows Live Hotmail.

a   Start Outlook.

b   Click Next

c   Verify that Yes is selected to add an e-mail account and click Next.

d   In the Add New Account dialog box, enter the student’s name in the Your Name box. This could be a generic name, such as Student1.

e   Enter the student’s e-mail address and password.

f    Click Next. Outlook will configure the account.

g   After Outlook has configured the account, click either “Add another account” or Finish.

h   Close Outlook.”

7   Install the latest version of Adobe Reader from Use the manufacturer defaults for installation. Do not install any other software.

8   Download the Student Data files for the course:

a   Connect to

b   Under Downloads, click Instructor-Led Training.

c   Browse the subject categories to locate your course. Then click the course title to display a list of available downloads. (You can also access these downloads through our Catalog listings.)

d   Click the link(s) for downloading the Student Data files. You can download the files directly to student machines or to a central location on your own network.

e   Create a folder named Student Data on the desktop of each student computer.

f    Double-click the downloaded zip file(s) and drag the contents into the Student Data folder.

     Note: The Student Data files are available via download only. There is no CD included with this Instructor’s Edition.


Topic B:   Frequently asked questions

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Topic C:   Course notes

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Topic D:   Additional information

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