Change the default font of your IM conversations in Office Communicator 2007

Do you HATE Tahoma?  Would you prefer something that suits your style?  Like a classy Georgia?  Or a disturbed Comic Sans MS?

Well it is really simple to change the default font in Office Communicator 2007.

1) Click on the big “Status Indicator” in the top left hand corner of your Office Communicator 2007 window

2) Click on “Options”

3) Select the “General” tab in the options box that appears

4) In the “Instance message settings section, click on “Change Font…”

5) Select your favourite font

6) Click OK twice to close all the dialog boxes

There you go… now your instant message conversations in Office Communicator 2007 will match your personal style… or as the marketing gurus say… your personal “brand”.

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Quickly find a phone number with Office Communicator 2007

Do you need to find a phone number of one of your colleagues?  Well if you have Office Communicator 2007 you can quickly look up their digits.

1) Find the person in your contact list, or using the Search feature

2) Look for the phone beside their name

3) Hover your mouse over the phone, and click on the little arrow that appears

4) You will find the phone number on the fly-out menu


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Get Office 2007 Help, Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials on Twitter!

Are you a member of the Twitterverse?  If you use the micro-blogging service called Twitter, you can how get your favorite productivity articles on Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint… in fact the entire Microsoft Office 2007 suite directly in your Twitter feed.

All you have to do is follow @TheNewPaperclip.

I will be on there regularly so if you have any questions or suggestions for articles you can post them to Twitter as well!

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Subscribe to the Office 2007 Help, Tips, Tricks and Tutorials Newsletter

Did you know that you can get a regular email jam packed with Office 2007 tips direct from!

All you need to do is register using this form

Register today and you will receive a free copy of my e-book “Your 10 minute guide to getting up to speed with Microsoft Office 2007”

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How to set a note in Office Communicator 2007

Do you have Office Communicator at work?  Ever wonder how some of your colleagues get that little “note” icon beside their name that has some witty comment like “Working Hard”, “Leave me alone I have a tender to finish”, or “Working from home today”?

Setting a note in Office Communicator is very easy.  In fact, there are only 3 steps

1) Think of the note you want to use!

2) Look just underneath your name in the Office Communicator 2007 window – specifically for a little bit of italic text with the words “Type a note”

3) Click there, type your note, and hit enter

There you go, now you can let your colleagues know what is going on.  Think of it as your FaceBook status if FaceBook has been banned in your organisation!

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Office DevCon 2008 – Sydney, Australia

Are you an Office freak from down-under?

On the weekend of the 15th and 16th of November, a group of Aussie Office fanatics are putting together a conference called Office DevCon2008.  From what is on the agenda it looks like a great event for anyone involved in managing Office products in their workplace, or for those interested in getting a little more intimate with the Office 2007 suite, SharePoint and more.

Registration is free… and there might be sneak previews of Office 14 as well!

If you are in Sydney in mid November, make sure you check it out.  You never know, you might bump into yours truly there as well 🙂

You can find out more by visiting the Office DevCon 2008 website

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I have a friend on the inside…

Want to know lots of in depth techincal stuff about Microsoft Office?  Well if I can’t answer it, there are plenty of people at Microsoft who know their stuff!

One of them is Alistair Speirs, a Office Technology Specialst at Microsoft Australia.  If you want to dive deep into everything office (beyond the tutorials from yours truely!) then you should check out his blog…

Check out some of his posts on Business Desktop Deployment, Enterprise Search, Office Busines Applications, OpenXML, and one he stole from me… Random text in Word 🙂

TNP and Alistair go way back… he knows his stuff!

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Deploying Office 2007 in the Enterprise

A lot of organisations have had a chance to play around with Office 2007 for a while now, and are now walking down the road of deployment.  But where to start?  Deployment has changed a little from previous versions of Microsoft Office, so it might be a good idea to brush up on a few things before kicking off that Office 2007 deployment project.

First step is to visit the 2007 Microsoft Office System Plan and Deploy with Confidence site.  This site includes Webcasts (from level 100 through to 400), Virtual Labs, and Podcasts to help you get you complete your deployment successfully.

Secondly, check out some of the articles on deployment from media outlets such as Computerworld.  These start to give you a real world perspective on the types of issues you might face during your deployment.

Thirdly, if you are ready to go now, check out articles from experts in the community, just like Aaron Parker’s post on Deploying Office 2007 with Group Policy Startup Scripts.

Finally, once your deployment is complete, make sure you let everyone in your organisation know about – so they can get up to speed quickly with the new features of Office 2007!  Remember… the key to a successful deployment is not the deployment itself, but the training and adoption that takes place afterwards.

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Download the 2007 Office Resource Kit

Are you a systems administrator charged with deploying and maintaining an Office 2007 environment? You can now download some key sections for the 2007 Office Resource Kit.

There are four different titles available, Planning and architecture for the 2007 Office release, Deployment for the 2007 Office release, Security for the 2007 Office release, and Technical reference for the 2007 Office Release

You can download each of them from the Microsoft Office System site on Technet

Do you have Office 2007 Questions? Get the answers at The New Paperclip forums – now ONLINE!

Ask your Office 2007 questions at The New Paperclip Forums –

Do you have questions about Word 2007, Excel 2007 or Outlook 2007, but don’t know who to ask?  Are you stumped by something in Access 2007, OneNote 2007, or Visio 2007?  Do you know what to do with SharePoint Designer 2007, Publisher 2007, Groove 2007 or Communicator 2007?

If you have answered yes to any of those – you need to start asking your Office 2007 questions at The New Paperclip forums –

Not only are their forums for all the desktop programs that are in Office, there are also forums for the server programs that make up the Microsoft Office System – SharePoint Server (MOSS), Performance Point Server, Project Server and Groove Server. 

I will be on hand when I can to answer your questions – and most importantly members of the community will also be there to help out.

I look forward to answering all your questions in the near future – start posting them today!!


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