Technical Writing: Instructions and Manuals  

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Write a 1-2 page critique of the user manual (the online help guide or wizard) for any one of the following software applications.

This critique should be based on the document’s organization, layout, use of visuals, and written instructions. Can anything be improved? Should they provide a PDF equivalent? Are steps numbered for talking points? Are the steps written for the novice, mid tech, and/or technically savvy.

Refer to applicable class texts for support when needed, and be sure to let your reader know how effective or ineffective you’ve determined this manual to be.

Possible manuals to analyze for this assignment include:

• Microsoft® Access ®
• Microsoft PowerPoint®
• Microsoft Excel®
• Microsoft Word®
• Microsoft Outlook