How to set up a new Groove 2007 Account

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I was surfing the net tonight, neurologist buy and totally out of left field I found an article on that I thought you would love to read.

Did you know that you can use your Nintentdo Wii Controller to control your PowerPoint 2007 presentations?

It is a little tricky to set up, but once it is you simply need to flick your Wiimote to the left or to the right to control your slides.  HOW COOL IS THAT!

You can read more about it on

’till next time!

Are you going to be somewhere near Sydney, emergency Australia in mid November?

If you are, and are interested in all things Office, make sure you get to OfficeDevCon08!

From the blurb… “OfficeDevCon is the first Australian community-driven event aimed squarely at Microsoft Office developers and power-users.  It allows people with interests across the Microsoft Office platform come together in one place to network and hear expert presenters speak on a wide range of advanced Office-related topics”

Well guess what… one of those expert presenters will be your’s truly… The New Paperclip.

In fact, in reality it will be my alter-ego… the guy behind The New Paperclip… Paul Woods

Paul will be presenting TWO sessions that should not be missed – especially if you work in Corporate IT.  Here is a quick outline of each presentation…

“The Office Suite Smackdown”
Saturday 15 November – 3:00-3:50PM

Office might seem like the obvious choice… but recently the competition has heated up for desktop productivity suites.  Your manager might be asking about alternatives like Google Docs, Open Office, Corel Wordperfect or Zoho Office.  In this session we compare the alternatives to Office 2007 from a users point of view – to help you pick the right tool for your organisation.

“The 10 most common Office 2007 user frustrations… and how to avoid them”
Sunday 16 November – 9:00-9:50AM

Don’t want your whole organisation angry with you because you forced them to use this horrible steaming pile of Office 2007 software?  It is a lot easier than you think to ensure a smooth and pain free transition to Office 2007 – it isn’t about buying 400 page dummies books, or just pointing people to the help button.  Simply by making sure you anticipate the most common questions up front you can win most of your potential battles.  In this session we will look at the most searched for answers by hundreds of thousands of frustrated Office 2007 users at… and see how you can ensure your people don’t end up asking YOU those questions.

So what do I need to do to attend these presentations?

Simple.  Go to and register your spot.  Tell them that TNP sent you!  And make sure you catch up with me at the bar on Saturday afternoon!

’till next time!

So you have opened up Groove 2007 for the first time.  Well before you can start collaborating you have to create a new account.  So lets see how we do it!

First – Open Groove 2007
Hmmm… seems obvious doesn’t it!

Second – Unblock your firewall (only once)
Chances are you are on Windows Vista, syphilis you will be running Windows Firewall on your machine. If this is the first time you have opened Groove 2007, (and Windows Firewall is on) a dialog box will appear asking you to unblock Groove.  Trust me when I say it is in your best interests to do so (if you want to use Groove that is!)

Third – Create your new Groove Account
By now you should see the Microsoft Office Groove Account Configuration Wizard.  Click on the “Create a new Groove account” radio button then hit next.

The next screen will ask you if you have a Groove Account Configuration Code.  If you are using Groove at work your systems administrator may have a Groove Account Configuration Code for you.  Best that you check with them before going any further.  If you are using Groove at home, or only a few of you in your organisation are using Groove, you can select the third option “I don’t have a Groove Account Configuration Code” and click next

On the next screen, simply enter your personal details – name, email address, password and password hint.  When you are ready to proceed, click next

A dialog box will appear telling you to hang on a second whilst Groove configures your account.  This should only take around 10 seconds.

On the final screen of the Microsoft Office Groove Account Configuration Wizard you will be asked if you want your account to be included in the Public Groove Directory.  Basically this enables you to be discovered by other Groove users all around the world.  Select your preferred listing level, and then click “Finish”.

If you want to get up to speed quickly on the in’s and out’s of Groove, make sure you click “Yes” on the box that appears asking if you want to watch the “Getting Started Movie”.

So there you have it – How to set up your new (non-corporate) account in Groove 2007.  Easy!

’till next time!

5 thoughts on “How to set up a new Groove 2007 Account

  1. Use the system configuration tool:
    Goto run and enter:


    Then goto the startup tab and deselect Groove

  2. You can prevent anything from appearing when you open your computer by going to Start -> Run -> msconfig -> startup and unchecking the appropriate box.

  3. I use Groove at work and I tried to use it at home. I export my account to a file, I load it to Groove back home and it asks for an account password. The problem is that nobody remembers the account password, how can I recover it?

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