Increase/Decrease AutoRecover Frequency in Word 2007

Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Word 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.  You know the one, physician it lets you change the font, apoplectic the font size, anabolics the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Word Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Word
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Word 2007

’till next time

TNP 😉

 

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How many times have you lost everything in your document?  Word crashed?  Maybe the power went out?  Whatever it was that happened… I bet it happened just before you were going to save, pharm right?

By default, medicine Word 2007 makes an Auto Recover save every 10 minutes.  But if you are clumsy like me, or don’t trust your computer… you can set Word to autosave your document a lot more than normal.  Here is how:

  1. Click on the old file menu (the office orb)
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on the "Save" option in the left hand menu
  4. In the first section "Save Documents", look for the second line which reads something like "Save AutoRecover information every XX minutes
  5. Set your preferred time.  Mine is now every 1 minute 🙂

Just remember when increasing the AutoRecover frequency… that you do see a slight performance hit every time it saves.  Not really noticeable every 10 minutes, but when it happens every 60 seconds it could be annoying!

’till next time!

TNP 😉

 

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Turn off the mini toolbar in Word 2007

Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Word 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.  You know the one, physician it lets you change the font, apoplectic the font size, anabolics the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Word Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Word
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Word 2007

’till next time

TNP 😉

 

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Change the angle or orientation of text in Excel 2007

Have you ever seen those spreadsheets or charts where the text isn’t normal?  You know the ones where the text is diagonal, neurosurgeon rheumatologist or vertical, resuscitator or on its side?  It is a pretty nifty trick you can use to display more information in less space.  And in Excel 2007 it is really easy to do.

How to change text orientation in Excel 2007

  1. Type the text into a cell
  2. Select the cell
  3. On the home tab of the ribbon, rx look for the alignment group.  There you will find a button with an ‘a’ and a ‘b’ and an arrow all on an angle.  That’s the Orientation menu.  Click on the little drop down arrow beside it.
  4. Select one of the quick options to angle your text

If you want to be more specific about the angle of your text, you can select “Format Cell Alignment” and set down to the degree how “slanty” you want your text.

The results are pretty impressive – well your boss will think so and that is all that matters right?

’till next time!
TNP 😉

Email Merge in Word 2007

Have you ever seen those spreadsheets or charts where the text isn’t normal?  You know the ones where the text is diagonal, neurosurgeon rheumatologist or vertical, resuscitator or on its side?  It is a pretty nifty trick you can use to display more information in less space.  And in Excel 2007 it is really easy to do.

How to change text orientation in Excel 2007

  1. Type the text into a cell
  2. Select the cell
  3. On the home tab of the ribbon, rx look for the alignment group.  There you will find a button with an ‘a’ and a ‘b’ and an arrow all on an angle.  That’s the Orientation menu.  Click on the little drop down arrow beside it.
  4. Select one of the quick options to angle your text

If you want to be more specific about the angle of your text, you can select “Format Cell Alignment” and set down to the degree how “slanty” you want your text.

The results are pretty impressive – well your boss will think so and that is all that matters right?

’till next time!
TNP 😉

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

One of them is Alistair Speirs, generic 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…

http://blogs.msdn.com/alspeirs/

Check out some of his posts on Business Desktop Deployment, clinic 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!

’till next time!
TNP 😉

Ever wanted to put some colour behind your text in a word document?  Not just highlight something, treat but add color to the entire paragraph?  It’s pretty easy in Word 2007.

1) Type your text into your document.  Generally it is easier to work with all your text, erectile rather than formatting it as you go

2) Look on the home tab in the ribbon, pills in the paragraph group.  You will find a button that looks like a bucket of paint.  That is the “Shading” button.  If you click on the dropdown menu you will see a palette of colours that you can use to shade your paragraph.

3) Select your favourite colour – notice that you get a live preview, so just roll your mouse over all the colours that you are thinking about, and click on the one that suits best!

 

It is as simple as that!

’till next time!
TNP 😉 

Do you have a message that you want to send to multiple contacts, one health but you don’t want to do the old BCC trick?  Better yet… do you want to actually personalise the message for each recipient? 

Instead of “Hi all”, what about “Hi Bill”, “Hi Jane” etc?

You can, with email merge in Word 2007.

Email merge works exactly the same as a standard mail merge… except for one big difference.  Instead of printing individual letters or envelopes or labels… Word 2007 will generate individual emails, send them to your Outlook 2007 outbox, and then when you are next online in Outlook, Outlook will send each your personalised emails to each addressee.

Kicking off a email merge in Word 2007 is easy.

  1. Open up Word 2007
  2. Type your email in Word 2007
  3. Click on the “Mailings” tab in the ribbon
  4. In the “Start Mail Merge” grouping, click on the “Start Mail Merge” button.  It will show a list of mail merge options available.  You can choose Letters, E-Mail Messages, Envelopes, Labels or Directory.  In this case as we want to send an email… click on “E-Mail Messages”
    emailmerge
  5. Next you need to select the recipients of your email merge.  These names could come from any number or sources… maybe an Excel 2007 spreadsheet?  maybe your Outlook 2007 Contacts… or you could just type them yourself.  

    To do that, click on the “Select Recipients” box in the “Start Mail Merge” group.  Either find your data source, your outlook contacts, or create a new list.

  6. If you want to edit any of the recipients in the list, now is the time to click on “Edit Recipient List” in the “Start Mail Merge” group.
  7. The next step is to add the appropriate fields to personalise the greeting, the recipients name, or to add any other piece of data you might have on the contact anywhere throughout your recipient list.  

    You can find the appropriate fields in the “Write & Insert Fields” group (still on the “Mailings” tab).

    More than likely you will want to add at least a greeting line (Dear Bill… or something like that).  To do that click on the “Greeting Line” button in the “Write & Insert Fields” group.  The following dialog box appears
    greetingline

  8. Once you are happy with your greeting line format, click “OK”.  Word 2007 will now drop the field into your document.
  9. Now you can preview your results to ensure that everyone’s name is coming up correctly.  Click the “Preview Results” button in the “Preview Results” group… then use the forward and back arrows beside it to run through your recipient list.
  10. If you are happy with the preview, not is the time to finish things off and compete the merge.  In the “Finish” group on the “Mailings tab” you will see a button called “Finish & Merge”.  Click on it, and then click “Send E-mail Messages…” 

    sendemailmessages

  11. Now Word 2007 automatically generates all the individual emails, and sends them to your Outlook 2007 outbox (or your default email client).
  12. Open up Outlook or your email client, and watch all your emails be sent!

 

So there you have it… your 12 step guide to Email Merge in Word 2007!

’till next time,
TNP 😉

Change the Duration and Transparency of Email Notifications in Outlook 2007

In the corporate world, link denture there is a tendency to want to brand every slide with your company logo.  Even worse, resuscitator treatment use the company colours and washed out ‘people shaking hands’ image that the CEO demands is on every slide.  How can you make sure that the logo or image appear on every slide?  By putting them into the Slide Master.

Think of the Slide Master as the ‘head honcho’ slide.  All the other slides in your presentation look up the the Slide Master, and copy (inherit) whatever the Slide Master look like.  Generally, if you place the company logo on the bottom right of the Slide Master, every slide in your presentation will have the company logo on the bottom right of the slide.

That is all well and good, but how do you get to the slide master view, especially since the user interface has changed in PowerPoint 2007?

1) Click the ‘View’ Ribbon Tab, then in the Presentation views group, select ‘Slide Master’

or

2) In the bottom right hand corner of the screen (just to the left of the zoom slider) hold shift and click ‘Normal Layout’.  This will switch to the master slide view.  To change back to the normal layout, just click normal layout, normally.  See the image below which explains it far better.

(PS – the pen work in the above image was created using a very bad mouse and the most powerful program in Windows – MSPAINT!  If anyone has a spare tablet (or tablet PC for that matter) that they want to permanently lend me, please let me know!)

[tags]PowerPoint2007, Slide Master, Help[/tags]

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Love to see comments like this one I received today!

“I love your website! You make changing to Office 07 much more better with all your tips and stuff. The way you say it makes me understand, purchase and get the idea more better. Thanks!” – Michael, pharm Houston, for sale USA

Keep the comments coming, and let me know what you want me to write about.  I now have my hands on a RTM copy of Office 2007 Professional, so I will be pumping more Office 2007 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials in the coming weeks.

Cheers,

TNP 😉

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Love to see comments like this one I received today!

“I love your website! You make changing to Office 07 much more better with all your tips and stuff. The way you say it makes me understand, purchase and get the idea more better. Thanks!” – Michael, pharm Houston, for sale USA

Keep the comments coming, and let me know what you want me to write about.  I now have my hands on a RTM copy of Office 2007 Professional, so I will be pumping more Office 2007 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials in the coming weeks.

Cheers,

TNP 😉

I am sure as soon as you thought about upgrading to Office 2007 and looked at the options available, sale
you thought – “dang it, this is going to be hard work deciphering exactly what version (or SKU) of Office I should buy.” 

Well let me save you the hassle and let you know exactly what you are getting when you purchase Microsoft Office Professional 2007:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing / document reading and creation needs
  • Excel 2007
    For crunching the numbers
  • PowerPoint 2007
    For presenting information to your peers
  • Outlook 2007 (with Business Contact Manager)
    To keep in touch with your colleagues through email (and keep track of customer details using the Business Contact Manager)
  • Access 2007
    To build databases to store your important business data
  • Publisher 2007
    To produce professional looking documents, marketing collateral, reports, business cards, banners, signs, websites etc.
  • Accounting Express 2007
    To make managing the finances of your small business (or your EBay empire!) easy

There are two different versions of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 that you can buy.  The first is a full version of the product, which you need to buy if you do not currently have a version of Office on your computer. 

If you currently use Office on your computer, then you can purchase the UPGRADE version, which is a lot cheaper!

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Love to see comments like this one I received today!

“I love your website! You make changing to Office 07 much more better with all your tips and stuff. The way you say it makes me understand, purchase and get the idea more better. Thanks!” – Michael, pharm Houston, for sale USA

Keep the comments coming, and let me know what you want me to write about.  I now have my hands on a RTM copy of Office 2007 Professional, so I will be pumping more Office 2007 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials in the coming weeks.

Cheers,

TNP 😉

I am sure as soon as you thought about upgrading to Office 2007 and looked at the options available, sale
you thought – “dang it, this is going to be hard work deciphering exactly what version (or SKU) of Office I should buy.” 

Well let me save you the hassle and let you know exactly what you are getting when you purchase Microsoft Office Professional 2007:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing / document reading and creation needs
  • Excel 2007
    For crunching the numbers
  • PowerPoint 2007
    For presenting information to your peers
  • Outlook 2007 (with Business Contact Manager)
    To keep in touch with your colleagues through email (and keep track of customer details using the Business Contact Manager)
  • Access 2007
    To build databases to store your important business data
  • Publisher 2007
    To produce professional looking documents, marketing collateral, reports, business cards, banners, signs, websites etc.
  • Accounting Express 2007
    To make managing the finances of your small business (or your EBay empire!) easy

There are two different versions of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 that you can buy.  The first is a full version of the product, which you need to buy if you do not currently have a version of Office on your computer. 

If you currently use Office on your computer, then you can purchase the UPGRADE version, which is a lot cheaper!

Are you a teacher, dosage
student, price
or home user of Office, misbirth
and want to upgrade or buy a full version of Office 2007?  Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 is probably the best version for you.  Why?  Well it is cheaper than most of the other office suites, but includes all the programs you are most likely to use every day.

What programs are included in Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007?

There are four different programs which come with Home and Student edition.  They are:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing, typing, document creation needs.  Great for school, college or university homework and assignments.
  • Excel 2007
    Covers all your number crunching spreadsheet needs.  Great for creating graphs and reports for your homework or assignments
  • PowerPoint 2007
    Enables you to create your own presentations.  Capture your ideas, and share them with an audience.  Again great for homework or assignments where you need to present in front of a class or audience
  • OneNote 2007
    OneNote is great for taking notes, jotting down information, and keeping track of things.  Just like a paper notebook, except electronic!  Again fantastic for school, college of university, as you can keep your research notes all in one place.

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (along with all other Microsoft Office suites, and individual products) will be available in late January, and will cost around USD$150

TNP 😉

Have you upgraded from Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 but are unsure where some of your favourite commands are in the new ribbon user interface?  Don’t worry… here is a quick guide for some of my (and hopefully your) favourite Excel commands:

  1. Create a New Spreadsheet in Excel 2007
    Click on the Microsoft Office button (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen), stuff and select new
  2. Insert Rows in Excel 2007
    Click on the ‘Home’ tab of the Ribbon, and then in the ‘Cells’ group, click ‘Insert’, and then click on ‘Insert Rows’
  3. Check Spelling in Excel 2007
    Click on the ‘Review’ tab of the Ribbon, and then in the ‘Proofing’ group, click ‘Spelling’.  Or you could use the shortcut key, which is F7
  4. How to AutoSum in Excel 2007
    First select the cells that you want to AutoSum, and then click on the ‘Home’ tab, look in the ‘Editing’ group, click ‘Sum’, and then click ‘Sum’
  5. Save your Spreadsheet in Excel 2007
    You can either click on the Microsoft Office Button (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen) and select Save (or Save As), or you can click on the Save button in the Quick Access Toolbar (you can find the Quick Access Toolbar in the top left hand corner of the screen, just near the Microsoft Office button.)

Do you want to know where all your other favourite Excel 2003 commands are hidden (I mean where your favourite buttons can be found!)?  Microsoft have put together a great tool to help you out.  You can find the Interactive Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 command reference guide on the Microsoft Office website

’till next time

TNP 😉 

[tags]Excel 2007, Office, 2007, Help, Tutorial, Command Reference[/tags]

Do you love creating documents that are full of pictures?  Are you sick and tired of the same old Clip Art that comes included with Word?  Do you need more Clip Art for Word 2007, viagra 100mg PowerPoint 2007, somnology Publisher 2007, more about or any of the Microsoft Office 2007 programs? 

You are in luck!

Microsoft have a website that has over 150,000 (that’s one hundred and fifty THOUSAND!) free images and sounds that you can add to your documents, spreadsheets, or Publisher creations.

To search through the extensive online FREE Clip Art library, all you need to do is go to the Clip Art page on Microsoft Office Online, and type your search into the box at the top of the screen!

[tags]Clip Art, Office 2007, Stock[/tags]

Do you love creating documents that are full of pictures?  Are you sick and tired of the same old Clip Art that comes included with Word?  Do you need more Clip Art for Word 2007, viagra 100mg PowerPoint 2007, somnology Publisher 2007, more about or any of the Microsoft Office 2007 programs? 

You are in luck!

Microsoft have a website that has over 150,000 (that’s one hundred and fifty THOUSAND!) free images and sounds that you can add to your documents, spreadsheets, or Publisher creations.

To search through the extensive online FREE Clip Art library, all you need to do is go to the Clip Art page on Microsoft Office Online, and type your search into the box at the top of the screen!

[tags]Clip Art, Office 2007, Stock[/tags]

So you are going on holiday and need to let everyone know that you are not going to be answering their emails, resuscitator
looking at their funny forwards, nurse or reading about Nigerian money scams in your junk mail folder!

The Out of Office Assistant looks after your inbox whilst you are away, store
by replying with a custom message whenever someone sends you an email.  The message could be as simple as “Hi, I am not in the Office, email will not be read until I return”… or could include alternative contact details, or maybe the contact details of a colleague who is looking after your job whilst you are away.

To turn on the Out of Office Assistant in Outlook 2007:

  1. On the Tools menu in Outlook 2007, click on “Out of Office Assistant”
  2. Select “I am currently Out of the Office”
  3. Type your custom message in the box below
  4. Click OK

Simple as that!  If you could not find the Out of Office Assistant button in the tools menu, it might mean you are not using an Exchange server at your workplace.  Outlook needs to be connected to an Exchange server for the Out of Office Assistant to work properly (or at all!)

When you get back from holidays… you will want to turn off your Out of Office Assistant.

In Outlook 2007, in the tools menu select “Out of Office Assistant”.  Then select “I am in the Office”

Get Smart with the Out of Office Assistant!

You can get smarter with the Out of Office Assistant in Outlook 2007… by adding additional rules to be processed whenever an email appears in your inbox.  For example, you might want to delete every email from your boss (not recommended), or move emails from a distribution list into a folder you have set up. 

To add more rules to your Out of Office Assistant… go to the tools menu again, select “Out of Office Assistant”, and then click “Add Rule”.

Now you can go on holiday and not have to worry about your email every 5 minutes!

[tags]OOF, Outlook 2007, Tips, Help, Out of Office[/tags]

Thats right… 23 Sleeps, ailment thats 552 hours, internist or  33120 minutes until Office 2007, try and Windows Vista will be available in the shops.  January 30 is not that far away!

You can pre-order your copy of Windows Vista or Office 2007 now on Amazon.com!  They can even gift wrap it for you!

Over the next three weeks I will be in overdrive making sure that you have all the tips, tricks and tutorials you need to hit the ground running as soon as you take off the shrink wrap on your own copy of Office 2007.

Make sure that you subscribe to the feed, and if you have any areas that you would like me to focus on… make sure you leave a comment!

’till next time

TNP 😉

[tags]Windows Vista, Office 2007, Launch[/tags]

Inserting tables in Word 2007 has changed slightly from previous versions of Office, buy however it really is a piece of cake with the new Ribbon user interface, and my favourite feature of all… live preview!

  1. On the ribbon, click “Insert” (because we want to “Insert” a table)
  2. Click on the “Table” button,  and a grid will appear below it.
  3. Drag your mouse over the grid, selecting the number of columns and rows that you would like to have in your table.  For example, in the image below (click if you want to see a larger version), I have dragged over 3 columns, and two rows, to create a 3×2 table.  Thanks to live preview, you can see the resulting table IN REAL TIME as you move the mouse over the grid!  Very nice!
  4. Once you have decided on the number of rows and columns, click on the grid and the table will be inserted!

If you want to insert a table with more than 10 rows, or 10 columns, simply click on “Insert” on the Ribbon, then click on “Table”, and then click on “Insert Table”.  Using this dialog box you can specify exactly how many rows or columns you want.

Once you have created your table, it is very quick and simple to add a splash of colour to your table!

  1. Click on the table you have just created.  You will notice a new set of tabs appear in the Ribbon:
  2. Click on the “Table Styles” selector, and click on your favourite colourscheme:
     
  3. Sit back and enjoy your very attractive, very simple table in Word 2007!

So there you have it… Everything you really need to know to use tables in Word 2007.  Much faster than previous versions don’t you think!!!!!

’till next time

TNP 😉

[tags]Tutorial, Word 2007, Tables[/tags]

One of the most useful features of Word 2007, bronchitis especially when collaborating with colleagues or team members in other offices is Track Changes.  Combined with the comment feature it is easy to understand what changes have taken place in a document, visit this site and why!

Here is an example of what you can do with Track Changes, and a Comment.

How to turn on Track Changes in Word 2007

  1. Click the “Review” Tab in the Word 2007 Ribbon
  2. Click the “Track Changes” button

If you want to incorporate all the changes one of your colleagues made, or reject some whilst approving others, you can do that with the buttons in the “Changes” group, again in the “Review” tab of the Word 2007 Ribbon.

To accept the change, simply click “Accept”.  To reject, click “Reject”.  To move between changes, you can use the “Previous” and “Next” buttons.  Pretty simple really 🙂

How to add a Comment in Word 2007

To add a comment, again on the “Review” tab of the Ribbon, in the “Comments” group, click on “New Comment”.  You will then be able to type your comment into the balloon on the side of the document. 

Note that when you add a comment, it will begin with your initials.  To change your initials, click on the Office Orb, in the top right hand corner of the screen, and then select “Word Options”.  In the “Popular” section (should be the default when you open the options dialog box) there is a text field where you can change the initials.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER WHEN USING TRACK CHANGES AND COMMENTS IN WORD 2007…

… is to run the document inspector (Office Orb -> Prepare -> Inspect Document) before publishing the document.  Using the document inspector you can be assured that any of your comments or tracking balloons will not be visible to readers of the document.  Especially important if the comments give away some of your trade secrets, or disrespect one of your team mates in some way 😉

’till next time

TNP 😉

[tags]Track Changes, Word 2007, Review, Tutorial[/tags]

Stumbled across this absolute beauty of a Visio template today.  Strictly speaking this will work with Visio 2007 as well as earlier versions like Visio 2003… but I just had to blog about it.

Crime Scenes with shapes – Visio Template

That’s right… you can now play CSI at home, approved without the dangerous explosions, refractionist car chases or other potentially life ending catastrophes that happen on the TV Series.

The Visio Crime Scene template, which you can download from the Microsoft website, contains all the things you need to recreate your favourite crime scene – bodies (with movable arms and legs), separate arms and legs (!), weapons of all varieties (shot guns, pistols, shell casings, clips, even nunjuks!!!), pools of blood (small, large, or trail)… even a king size bed for those domestic disputes.

You can find the FREE Crime Scene Template, as well as many other great Office 2007 templates to download from Microsoft Office Online.

’till next time

TNP 😉

[tags]Visio, Template, CSI, Office 2007[/tags]

So you have just purchased a version of Office 2007 (or your boss just made you upgrade your PC at work!), sildenafil and want to get up to speed quickly on exactly how to use Word 2007.  No sweat – here is the ultimate list of great posts to help you get your head around exactly how to use Word 2007 – fast!

I would start with the first couple, discount and as you build your confidence, generic start tackling some of the more advanced tutorials.

When you first start using Word 2007 – read…

  1. What happened to the File Menu? Help with the new user interface in Office 2007
  2. Screencast: Introduction to the New Ribbon UI in Word 2007
  3. Word 2007: Undo
  4. What are Galleries in Office 2007?
  5. Printing in Word 2007

Once you are comfortable, move on to…

  1. Need more Clip Art in Word 2007?
  2. Inserting a Table in Word 2007
  3. Find and Replace in Word 2007
  4. Word 2007: How to add page numbers to your documents
  5. How to Change your Page Orientation (Portrait vs Landscape) in Word 2007
  6. Breaks in Word 2007 – Page, Column, Text Wrapping and Section Breaks
  7. Word 2007: Page Layout Deep Dive Tutorial
  8. Word 2007: What is the Prepare Menu? Deep Dive
  9. How to Superscript text in Word 2007
  10. Show and Hide Codes in Word 2007
  11. Insert a Drop Cap in Word 2007
  12. Track Changes, and Comments in Word 2007
  13. How to save your Word 2007 document as a PDF
  14. Word 2007 – Send your Document, Share it with the World!

And once you are an absolute power user of Word 2007…

  1. Word 2007: Start Word 2007 without the Splash Screen
  2. Shortcut keys in Word 2007
  3. Word 2007: Minimise the Ribbon (Minimize the menu)
  4. More than just word count – All the document statistics you want in Word 2007 using Status Bar Configuration
  5. Word 97 Look and Feel, with Word 2007!
  6. Lorem Ipsum and other random filler text in Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007, and Excel 2007
  7. Screencast – Extending the Office 2007 UI with a Custom Ribbon

And to keep track of the latests posts on Word 2007 at The New Paperclip, simply check out the Word 2007 Category 

So there you have it – remember if you have trouble with anything in Word 2007, post a comment and I will try to write a tutorial especially for you! 

Or you could purchase one of these books from Amazon.com

If you currently use Office on your computer, then you can purchase the UPGRADE version, which is a lot cheaper!

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Love to see comments like this one I received today!

“I love your website! You make changing to Office 07 much more better with all your tips and stuff. The way you say it makes me understand, purchase and get the idea more better. Thanks!” – Michael, pharm Houston, for sale USA

Keep the comments coming, and let me know what you want me to write about.  I now have my hands on a RTM copy of Office 2007 Professional, so I will be pumping more Office 2007 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials in the coming weeks.

Cheers,

TNP 😉

I am sure as soon as you thought about upgrading to Office 2007 and looked at the options available, sale
you thought – “dang it, this is going to be hard work deciphering exactly what version (or SKU) of Office I should buy.” 

Well let me save you the hassle and let you know exactly what you are getting when you purchase Microsoft Office Professional 2007:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing / document reading and creation needs
  • Excel 2007
    For crunching the numbers
  • PowerPoint 2007
    For presenting information to your peers
  • Outlook 2007 (with Business Contact Manager)
    To keep in touch with your colleagues through email (and keep track of customer details using the Business Contact Manager)
  • Access 2007
    To build databases to store your important business data
  • Publisher 2007
    To produce professional looking documents, marketing collateral, reports, business cards, banners, signs, websites etc.
  • Accounting Express 2007
    To make managing the finances of your small business (or your EBay empire!) easy

There are two different versions of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 that you can buy.  The first is a full version of the product, which you need to buy if you do not currently have a version of Office on your computer. 

If you currently use Office on your computer, then you can purchase the UPGRADE version, which is a lot cheaper!

Are you a teacher, dosage
student, price
or home user of Office, misbirth
and want to upgrade or buy a full version of Office 2007?  Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 is probably the best version for you.  Why?  Well it is cheaper than most of the other office suites, but includes all the programs you are most likely to use every day.

What programs are included in Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007?

There are four different programs which come with Home and Student edition.  They are:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing, typing, document creation needs.  Great for school, college or university homework and assignments.
  • Excel 2007
    Covers all your number crunching spreadsheet needs.  Great for creating graphs and reports for your homework or assignments
  • PowerPoint 2007
    Enables you to create your own presentations.  Capture your ideas, and share them with an audience.  Again great for homework or assignments where you need to present in front of a class or audience
  • OneNote 2007
    OneNote is great for taking notes, jotting down information, and keeping track of things.  Just like a paper notebook, except electronic!  Again fantastic for school, college of university, as you can keep your research notes all in one place.

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (along with all other Microsoft Office suites, and individual products) will be available in late January, and will cost around USD$150

TNP 😉

Have you upgraded from Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 but are unsure where some of your favourite commands are in the new ribbon user interface?  Don’t worry… here is a quick guide for some of my (and hopefully your) favourite Excel commands:

  1. Create a New Spreadsheet in Excel 2007
    Click on the Microsoft Office button (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen), stuff and select new
  2. Insert Rows in Excel 2007
    Click on the ‘Home’ tab of the Ribbon, and then in the ‘Cells’ group, click ‘Insert’, and then click on ‘Insert Rows’
  3. Check Spelling in Excel 2007
    Click on the ‘Review’ tab of the Ribbon, and then in the ‘Proofing’ group, click ‘Spelling’.  Or you could use the shortcut key, which is F7
  4. How to AutoSum in Excel 2007
    First select the cells that you want to AutoSum, and then click on the ‘Home’ tab, look in the ‘Editing’ group, click ‘Sum’, and then click ‘Sum’
  5. Save your Spreadsheet in Excel 2007
    You can either click on the Microsoft Office Button (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen) and select Save (or Save As), or you can click on the Save button in the Quick Access Toolbar (you can find the Quick Access Toolbar in the top left hand corner of the screen, just near the Microsoft Office button.)

Do you want to know where all your other favourite Excel 2003 commands are hidden (I mean where your favourite buttons can be found!)?  Microsoft have put together a great tool to help you out.  You can find the Interactive Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 command reference guide on the Microsoft Office website

’till next time

TNP 😉 

[tags]Excel 2007, Office, 2007, Help, Tutorial, Command Reference[/tags]

Do you love creating documents that are full of pictures?  Are you sick and tired of the same old Clip Art that comes included with Word?  Do you need more Clip Art for Word 2007, viagra 100mg PowerPoint 2007, somnology Publisher 2007, more about or any of the Microsoft Office 2007 programs? 

You are in luck!

Microsoft have a website that has over 150,000 (that’s one hundred and fifty THOUSAND!) free images and sounds that you can add to your documents, spreadsheets, or Publisher creations.

To search through the extensive online FREE Clip Art library, all you need to do is go to the Clip Art page on Microsoft Office Online, and type your search into the box at the top of the screen!

[tags]Clip Art, Office 2007, Stock[/tags]

Do you love creating documents that are full of pictures?  Are you sick and tired of the same old Clip Art that comes included with Word?  Do you need more Clip Art for Word 2007, viagra 100mg PowerPoint 2007, somnology Publisher 2007, more about or any of the Microsoft Office 2007 programs? 

You are in luck!

Microsoft have a website that has over 150,000 (that’s one hundred and fifty THOUSAND!) free images and sounds that you can add to your documents, spreadsheets, or Publisher creations.

To search through the extensive online FREE Clip Art library, all you need to do is go to the Clip Art page on Microsoft Office Online, and type your search into the box at the top of the screen!

[tags]Clip Art, Office 2007, Stock[/tags]

So you are going on holiday and need to let everyone know that you are not going to be answering their emails, resuscitator
looking at their funny forwards, nurse or reading about Nigerian money scams in your junk mail folder!

The Out of Office Assistant looks after your inbox whilst you are away, store
by replying with a custom message whenever someone sends you an email.  The message could be as simple as “Hi, I am not in the Office, email will not be read until I return”… or could include alternative contact details, or maybe the contact details of a colleague who is looking after your job whilst you are away.

To turn on the Out of Office Assistant in Outlook 2007:

  1. On the Tools menu in Outlook 2007, click on “Out of Office Assistant”
  2. Select “I am currently Out of the Office”
  3. Type your custom message in the box below
  4. Click OK

Simple as that!  If you could not find the Out of Office Assistant button in the tools menu, it might mean you are not using an Exchange server at your workplace.  Outlook needs to be connected to an Exchange server for the Out of Office Assistant to work properly (or at all!)

When you get back from holidays… you will want to turn off your Out of Office Assistant.

In Outlook 2007, in the tools menu select “Out of Office Assistant”.  Then select “I am in the Office”

Get Smart with the Out of Office Assistant!

You can get smarter with the Out of Office Assistant in Outlook 2007… by adding additional rules to be processed whenever an email appears in your inbox.  For example, you might want to delete every email from your boss (not recommended), or move emails from a distribution list into a folder you have set up. 

To add more rules to your Out of Office Assistant… go to the tools menu again, select “Out of Office Assistant”, and then click “Add Rule”.

Now you can go on holiday and not have to worry about your email every 5 minutes!

[tags]OOF, Outlook 2007, Tips, Help, Out of Office[/tags]

Thats right… 23 Sleeps, ailment thats 552 hours, internist or  33120 minutes until Office 2007, try and Windows Vista will be available in the shops.  January 30 is not that far away!

You can pre-order your copy of Windows Vista or Office 2007 now on Amazon.com!  They can even gift wrap it for you!

Over the next three weeks I will be in overdrive making sure that you have all the tips, tricks and tutorials you need to hit the ground running as soon as you take off the shrink wrap on your own copy of Office 2007.

Make sure that you subscribe to the feed, and if you have any areas that you would like me to focus on… make sure you leave a comment!

’till next time

TNP 😉

[tags]Windows Vista, Office 2007, Launch[/tags]

Inserting tables in Word 2007 has changed slightly from previous versions of Office, buy however it really is a piece of cake with the new Ribbon user interface, and my favourite feature of all… live preview!

  1. On the ribbon, click “Insert” (because we want to “Insert” a table)
  2. Click on the “Table” button,  and a grid will appear below it.
  3. Drag your mouse over the grid, selecting the number of columns and rows that you would like to have in your table.  For example, in the image below (click if you want to see a larger version), I have dragged over 3 columns, and two rows, to create a 3×2 table.  Thanks to live preview, you can see the resulting table IN REAL TIME as you move the mouse over the grid!  Very nice!
  4. Once you have decided on the number of rows and columns, click on the grid and the table will be inserted!

If you want to insert a table with more than 10 rows, or 10 columns, simply click on “Insert” on the Ribbon, then click on “Table”, and then click on “Insert Table”.  Using this dialog box you can specify exactly how many rows or columns you want.

Once you have created your table, it is very quick and simple to add a splash of colour to your table!

  1. Click on the table you have just created.  You will notice a new set of tabs appear in the Ribbon:
  2. Click on the “Table Styles” selector, and click on your favourite colourscheme:
     
  3. Sit back and enjoy your very attractive, very simple table in Word 2007!

So there you have it… Everything you really need to know to use tables in Word 2007.  Much faster than previous versions don’t you think!!!!!

’till next time

TNP 😉

[tags]Tutorial, Word 2007, Tables[/tags]

One of the most useful features of Word 2007, bronchitis especially when collaborating with colleagues or team members in other offices is Track Changes.  Combined with the comment feature it is easy to understand what changes have taken place in a document, visit this site and why!

Here is an example of what you can do with Track Changes, and a Comment.

How to turn on Track Changes in Word 2007

  1. Click the “Review” Tab in the Word 2007 Ribbon
  2. Click the “Track Changes” button

If you want to incorporate all the changes one of your colleagues made, or reject some whilst approving others, you can do that with the buttons in the “Changes” group, again in the “Review” tab of the Word 2007 Ribbon.

To accept the change, simply click “Accept”.  To reject, click “Reject”.  To move between changes, you can use the “Previous” and “Next” buttons.  Pretty simple really 🙂

How to add a Comment in Word 2007

To add a comment, again on the “Review” tab of the Ribbon, in the “Comments” group, click on “New Comment”.  You will then be able to type your comment into the balloon on the side of the document. 

Note that when you add a comment, it will begin with your initials.  To change your initials, click on the Office Orb, in the top right hand corner of the screen, and then select “Word Options”.  In the “Popular” section (should be the default when you open the options dialog box) there is a text field where you can change the initials.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER WHEN USING TRACK CHANGES AND COMMENTS IN WORD 2007…

… is to run the document inspector (Office Orb -> Prepare -> Inspect Document) before publishing the document.  Using the document inspector you can be assured that any of your comments or tracking balloons will not be visible to readers of the document.  Especially important if the comments give away some of your trade secrets, or disrespect one of your team mates in some way 😉

’till next time

TNP 😉

[tags]Track Changes, Word 2007, Review, Tutorial[/tags]

Stumbled across this absolute beauty of a Visio template today.  Strictly speaking this will work with Visio 2007 as well as earlier versions like Visio 2003… but I just had to blog about it.

Crime Scenes with shapes – Visio Template

That’s right… you can now play CSI at home, approved without the dangerous explosions, refractionist car chases or other potentially life ending catastrophes that happen on the TV Series.

The Visio Crime Scene template, which you can download from the Microsoft website, contains all the things you need to recreate your favourite crime scene – bodies (with movable arms and legs), separate arms and legs (!), weapons of all varieties (shot guns, pistols, shell casings, clips, even nunjuks!!!), pools of blood (small, large, or trail)… even a king size bed for those domestic disputes.

You can find the FREE Crime Scene Template, as well as many other great Office 2007 templates to download from Microsoft Office Online.

’till next time

TNP 😉

[tags]Visio, Template, CSI, Office 2007[/tags]

So you have just purchased a version of Office 2007 (or your boss just made you upgrade your PC at work!), sildenafil and want to get up to speed quickly on exactly how to use Word 2007.  No sweat – here is the ultimate list of great posts to help you get your head around exactly how to use Word 2007 – fast!

I would start with the first couple, discount and as you build your confidence, generic start tackling some of the more advanced tutorials.

When you first start using Word 2007 – read…

  1. What happened to the File Menu? Help with the new user interface in Office 2007
  2. Screencast: Introduction to the New Ribbon UI in Word 2007
  3. Word 2007: Undo
  4. What are Galleries in Office 2007?
  5. Printing in Word 2007

Once you are comfortable, move on to…

  1. Need more Clip Art in Word 2007?
  2. Inserting a Table in Word 2007
  3. Find and Replace in Word 2007
  4. Word 2007: How to add page numbers to your documents
  5. How to Change your Page Orientation (Portrait vs Landscape) in Word 2007
  6. Breaks in Word 2007 – Page, Column, Text Wrapping and Section Breaks
  7. Word 2007: Page Layout Deep Dive Tutorial
  8. Word 2007: What is the Prepare Menu? Deep Dive
  9. How to Superscript text in Word 2007
  10. Show and Hide Codes in Word 2007
  11. Insert a Drop Cap in Word 2007
  12. Track Changes, and Comments in Word 2007
  13. How to save your Word 2007 document as a PDF
  14. Word 2007 – Send your Document, Share it with the World!

And once you are an absolute power user of Word 2007…

  1. Word 2007: Start Word 2007 without the Splash Screen
  2. Shortcut keys in Word 2007
  3. Word 2007: Minimise the Ribbon (Minimize the menu)
  4. More than just word count – All the document statistics you want in Word 2007 using Status Bar Configuration
  5. Word 97 Look and Feel, with Word 2007!
  6. Lorem Ipsum and other random filler text in Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007, and Excel 2007
  7. Screencast – Extending the Office 2007 UI with a Custom Ribbon

And to keep track of the latests posts on Word 2007 at The New Paperclip, simply check out the Word 2007 Category 

So there you have it – remember if you have trouble with anything in Word 2007, post a comment and I will try to write a tutorial especially for you! 

Or you could purchase one of these books from Amazon.com

If you currently use Office on your computer, then you can purchase the UPGRADE version, which is a lot cheaper!

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Love to see comments like this one I received today!

“I love your website! You make changing to Office 07 much more better with all your tips and stuff. The way you say it makes me understand, purchase and get the idea more better. Thanks!” – Michael, pharm Houston, for sale USA

Keep the comments coming, and let me know what you want me to write about.  I now have my hands on a RTM copy of Office 2007 Professional, so I will be pumping more Office 2007 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials in the coming weeks.

Cheers,

TNP 😉

I am sure as soon as you thought about upgrading to Office 2007 and looked at the options available, sale
you thought – “dang it, this is going to be hard work deciphering exactly what version (or SKU) of Office I should buy.” 

Well let me save you the hassle and let you know exactly what you are getting when you purchase Microsoft Office Professional 2007:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing / document reading and creation needs
  • Excel 2007
    For crunching the numbers
  • PowerPoint 2007
    For presenting information to your peers
  • Outlook 2007 (with Business Contact Manager)
    To keep in touch with your colleagues through email (and keep track of customer details using the Business Contact Manager)
  • Access 2007
    To build databases to store your important business data
  • Publisher 2007
    To produce professional looking documents, marketing collateral, reports, business cards, banners, signs, websites etc.
  • Accounting Express 2007
    To make managing the finances of your small business (or your EBay empire!) easy

There are two different versions of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 that you can buy.  The first is a full version of the product, which you need to buy if you do not currently have a version of Office on your computer. 

If you currently use Office on your computer, then you can purchase the UPGRADE version, which is a lot cheaper!

Are you a teacher, dosage
student, price
or home user of Office, misbirth
and want to upgrade or buy a full version of Office 2007?  Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 is probably the best version for you.  Why?  Well it is cheaper than most of the other office suites, but includes all the programs you are most likely to use every day.

What programs are included in Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007?

There are four different programs which come with Home and Student edition.  They are:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing, typing, document creation needs.  Great for school, college or university homework and assignments.
  • Excel 2007
    Covers all your number crunching spreadsheet needs.  Great for creating graphs and reports for your homework or assignments
  • PowerPoint 2007
    Enables you to create your own presentations.  Capture your ideas, and share them with an audience.  Again great for homework or assignments where you need to present in front of a class or audience
  • OneNote 2007
    OneNote is great for taking notes, jotting down information, and keeping track of things.  Just like a paper notebook, except electronic!  Again fantastic for school, college of university, as you can keep your research notes all in one place.

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (along with all other Microsoft Office suites, and individual products) will be available in late January, and will cost around USD$150

TNP 😉

Have you upgraded from Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 but are unsure where some of your favourite commands are in the new ribbon user interface?  Don’t worry… here is a quick guide for some of my (and hopefully your) favourite Excel commands:

  1. Create a New Spreadsheet in Excel 2007
    Click on the Microsoft Office button (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen), stuff and select new
  2. Insert Rows in Excel 2007
    Click on the ‘Home’ tab of the Ribbon, and then in the ‘Cells’ group, click ‘Insert’, and then click on ‘Insert Rows’
  3. Check Spelling in Excel 2007
    Click on the ‘Review’ tab of the Ribbon, and then in the ‘Proofing’ group, click ‘Spelling’.  Or you could use the shortcut key, which is F7
  4. How to AutoSum in Excel 2007
    First select the cells that you want to AutoSum, and then click on the ‘Home’ tab, look in the ‘Editing’ group, click ‘Sum’, and then click ‘Sum’
  5. Save your Spreadsheet in Excel 2007
    You can either click on the Microsoft Office Button (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen) and select Save (or Save As), or you can click on the Save button in the Quick Access Toolbar (you can find the Quick Access Toolbar in the top left hand corner of the screen, just near the Microsoft Office button.)

Do you want to know where all your other favourite Excel 2003 commands are hidden (I mean where your favourite buttons can be found!)?  Microsoft have put together a great tool to help you out.  You can find the Interactive Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 command reference guide on the Microsoft Office website

’till next time

TNP 😉 

[tags]Excel 2007, Office, 2007, Help, Tutorial, Command Reference[/tags]

Do you love creating documents that are full of pictures?  Are you sick and tired of the same old Clip Art that comes included with Word?  Do you need more Clip Art for Word 2007, viagra 100mg PowerPoint 2007, somnology Publisher 2007, more about or any of the Microsoft Office 2007 programs? 

You are in luck!

Microsoft have a website that has over 150,000 (that’s one hundred and fifty THOUSAND!) free images and sounds that you can add to your documents, spreadsheets, or Publisher creations.

To search through the extensive online FREE Clip Art library, all you need to do is go to the Clip Art page on Microsoft Office Online, and type your search into the box at the top of the screen!

[tags]Clip Art, Office 2007, Stock[/tags]

Do you love creating documents that are full of pictures?  Are you sick and tired of the same old Clip Art that comes included with Word?  Do you need more Clip Art for Word 2007, viagra 100mg PowerPoint 2007, somnology Publisher 2007, more about or any of the Microsoft Office 2007 programs? 

You are in luck!

Microsoft have a website that has over 150,000 (that’s one hundred and fifty THOUSAND!) free images and sounds that you can add to your documents, spreadsheets, or Publisher creations.

To search through the extensive online FREE Clip Art library, all you need to do is go to the Clip Art page on Microsoft Office Online, and type your search into the box at the top of the screen!

[tags]Clip Art, Office 2007, Stock[/tags]

So you are going on holiday and need to let everyone know that you are not going to be answering their emails, resuscitator
looking at their funny forwards, nurse or reading about Nigerian money scams in your junk mail folder!

The Out of Office Assistant looks after your inbox whilst you are away, store
by replying with a custom message whenever someone sends you an email.  The message could be as simple as “Hi, I am not in the Office, email will not be read until I return”… or could include alternative contact details, or maybe the contact details of a colleague who is looking after your job whilst you are away.

To turn on the Out of Office Assistant in Outlook 2007:

  1. On the Tools menu in Outlook 2007, click on “Out of Office Assistant”
  2. Select “I am currently Out of the Office”
  3. Type your custom message in the box below
  4. Click OK

Simple as that!  If you could not find the Out of Office Assistant button in the tools menu, it might mean you are not using an Exchange server at your workplace.  Outlook needs to be connected to an Exchange server for the Out of Office Assistant to work properly (or at all!)

When you get back from holidays… you will want to turn off your Out of Office Assistant.

In Outlook 2007, in the tools menu select “Out of Office Assistant”.  Then select “I am in the Office”

Get Smart with the Out of Office Assistant!

You can get smarter with the Out of Office Assistant in Outlook 2007… by adding additional rules to be processed whenever an email appears in your inbox.  For example, you might want to delete every email from your boss (not recommended), or move emails from a distribution list into a folder you have set up. 

To add more rules to your Out of Office Assistant… go to the tools menu again, select “Out of Office Assistant”, and then click “Add Rule”.

Now you can go on holiday and not have to worry about your email every 5 minutes!

[tags]OOF, Outlook 2007, Tips, Help, Out of Office[/tags]

Thats right… 23 Sleeps, ailment thats 552 hours, internist or  33120 minutes until Office 2007, try and Windows Vista will be available in the shops.  January 30 is not that far away!

You can pre-order your copy of Windows Vista or Office 2007 now on Amazon.com!  They can even gift wrap it for you!

Over the next three weeks I will be in overdrive making sure that you have all the tips, tricks and tutorials you need to hit the ground running as soon as you take off the shrink wrap on your own copy of Office 2007.

Make sure that you subscribe to the feed, and if you have any areas that you would like me to focus on… make sure you leave a comment!

’till next time

TNP 😉

[tags]Windows Vista, Office 2007, Launch[/tags]

Inserting tables in Word 2007 has changed slightly from previous versions of Office, buy however it really is a piece of cake with the new Ribbon user interface, and my favourite feature of all… live preview!

  1. On the ribbon, click “Insert” (because we want to “Insert” a table)
  2. Click on the “Table” button,  and a grid will appear below it.
  3. Drag your mouse over the grid, selecting the number of columns and rows that you would like to have in your table.  For example, in the image below (click if you want to see a larger version), I have dragged over 3 columns, and two rows, to create a 3×2 table.  Thanks to live preview, you can see the resulting table IN REAL TIME as you move the mouse over the grid!  Very nice!
  4. Once you have decided on the number of rows and columns, click on the grid and the table will be inserted!

If you want to insert a table with more than 10 rows, or 10 columns, simply click on “Insert” on the Ribbon, then click on “Table”, and then click on “Insert Table”.  Using this dialog box you can specify exactly how many rows or columns you want.

Once you have created your table, it is very quick and simple to add a splash of colour to your table!

  1. Click on the table you have just created.  You will notice a new set of tabs appear in the Ribbon:
  2. Click on the “Table Styles” selector, and click on your favourite colourscheme:
     
  3. Sit back and enjoy your very attractive, very simple table in Word 2007!

So there you have it… Everything you really need to know to use tables in Word 2007.  Much faster than previous versions don’t you think!!!!!

’till next time

TNP 😉

[tags]Tutorial, Word 2007, Tables[/tags]

One of the most useful features of Word 2007, bronchitis especially when collaborating with colleagues or team members in other offices is Track Changes.  Combined with the comment feature it is easy to understand what changes have taken place in a document, visit this site and why!

Here is an example of what you can do with Track Changes, and a Comment.

How to turn on Track Changes in Word 2007

  1. Click the “Review” Tab in the Word 2007 Ribbon
  2. Click the “Track Changes” button

If you want to incorporate all the changes one of your colleagues made, or reject some whilst approving others, you can do that with the buttons in the “Changes” group, again in the “Review” tab of the Word 2007 Ribbon.

To accept the change, simply click “Accept”.  To reject, click “Reject”.  To move between changes, you can use the “Previous” and “Next” buttons.  Pretty simple really 🙂

How to add a Comment in Word 2007

To add a comment, again on the “Review” tab of the Ribbon, in the “Comments” group, click on “New Comment”.  You will then be able to type your comment into the balloon on the side of the document. 

Note that when you add a comment, it will begin with your initials.  To change your initials, click on the Office Orb, in the top right hand corner of the screen, and then select “Word Options”.  In the “Popular” section (should be the default when you open the options dialog box) there is a text field where you can change the initials.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER WHEN USING TRACK CHANGES AND COMMENTS IN WORD 2007…

… is to run the document inspector (Office Orb -> Prepare -> Inspect Document) before publishing the document.  Using the document inspector you can be assured that any of your comments or tracking balloons will not be visible to readers of the document.  Especially important if the comments give away some of your trade secrets, or disrespect one of your team mates in some way 😉

’till next time

TNP 😉

[tags]Track Changes, Word 2007, Review, Tutorial[/tags]

Stumbled across this absolute beauty of a Visio template today.  Strictly speaking this will work with Visio 2007 as well as earlier versions like Visio 2003… but I just had to blog about it.

Crime Scenes with shapes – Visio Template

That’s right… you can now play CSI at home, approved without the dangerous explosions, refractionist car chases or other potentially life ending catastrophes that happen on the TV Series.

The Visio Crime Scene template, which you can download from the Microsoft website, contains all the things you need to recreate your favourite crime scene – bodies (with movable arms and legs), separate arms and legs (!), weapons of all varieties (shot guns, pistols, shell casings, clips, even nunjuks!!!), pools of blood (small, large, or trail)… even a king size bed for those domestic disputes.

You can find the FREE Crime Scene Template, as well as many other great Office 2007 templates to download from Microsoft Office Online.

’till next time

TNP 😉

[tags]Visio, Template, CSI, Office 2007[/tags]

So you have just purchased a version of Office 2007 (or your boss just made you upgrade your PC at work!), sildenafil and want to get up to speed quickly on exactly how to use Word 2007.  No sweat – here is the ultimate list of great posts to help you get your head around exactly how to use Word 2007 – fast!

I would start with the first couple, discount and as you build your confidence, generic start tackling some of the more advanced tutorials.

When you first start using Word 2007 – read…

  1. What happened to the File Menu? Help with the new user interface in Office 2007
  2. Screencast: Introduction to the New Ribbon UI in Word 2007
  3. Word 2007: Undo
  4. What are Galleries in Office 2007?
  5. Printing in Word 2007

Once you are comfortable, move on to…

  1. Need more Clip Art in Word 2007?
  2. Inserting a Table in Word 2007
  3. Find and Replace in Word 2007
  4. Word 2007: How to add page numbers to your documents
  5. How to Change your Page Orientation (Portrait vs Landscape) in Word 2007
  6. Breaks in Word 2007 – Page, Column, Text Wrapping and Section Breaks
  7. Word 2007: Page Layout Deep Dive Tutorial
  8. Word 2007: What is the Prepare Menu? Deep Dive
  9. How to Superscript text in Word 2007
  10. Show and Hide Codes in Word 2007
  11. Insert a Drop Cap in Word 2007
  12. Track Changes, and Comments in Word 2007
  13. How to save your Word 2007 document as a PDF
  14. Word 2007 – Send your Document, Share it with the World!

And once you are an absolute power user of Word 2007…

  1. Word 2007: Start Word 2007 without the Splash Screen
  2. Shortcut keys in Word 2007
  3. Word 2007: Minimise the Ribbon (Minimize the menu)
  4. More than just word count – All the document statistics you want in Word 2007 using Status Bar Configuration
  5. Word 97 Look and Feel, with Word 2007!
  6. Lorem Ipsum and other random filler text in Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007, and Excel 2007
  7. Screencast – Extending the Office 2007 UI with a Custom Ribbon

And to keep track of the latests posts on Word 2007 at The New Paperclip, simply check out the Word 2007 Category 

So there you have it – remember if you have trouble with anything in Word 2007, post a comment and I will try to write a tutorial especially for you! 

Or you could purchase one of these books from Amazon.com

If you currently use Office on your computer, then you can purchase the UPGRADE version, which is a lot cheaper!

In the corporate world, link denture there is a tendency to want to brand every slide with your company logo.  Even worse, resuscitator treatment use the company colours and washed out ‘people shaking hands’ image that the CEO demands is on every slide.  How can you make sure that the logo or image appear on every slide?  By putting them into the Slide Master.

Think of the Slide Master as the ‘head honcho’ slide.  All the other slides in your presentation look up the the Slide Master, and copy (inherit) whatever the Slide Master look like.  Generally, if you place the company logo on the bottom right of the Slide Master, every slide in your presentation will have the company logo on the bottom right of the slide.

That is all well and good, but how do you get to the slide master view, especially since the user interface has changed in PowerPoint 2007?

1) Click the ‘View’ Ribbon Tab, then in the Presentation views group, select ‘Slide Master’

or

2) In the bottom right hand corner of the screen (just to the left of the zoom slider) hold shift and click ‘Normal Layout’.  This will switch to the master slide view.  To change back to the normal layout, just click normal layout, normally.  See the image below which explains it far better.

(PS – the pen work in the above image was created using a very bad mouse and the most powerful program in Windows – MSPAINT!  If anyone has a spare tablet (or tablet PC for that matter) that they want to permanently lend me, please let me know!)

[tags]PowerPoint2007, Slide Master, Help[/tags]

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Love to see comments like this one I received today!

“I love your website! You make changing to Office 07 much more better with all your tips and stuff. The way you say it makes me understand, purchase and get the idea more better. Thanks!” – Michael, pharm Houston, for sale USA

Keep the comments coming, and let me know what you want me to write about.  I now have my hands on a RTM copy of Office 2007 Professional, so I will be pumping more Office 2007 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials in the coming weeks.

Cheers,

TNP 😉

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Love to see comments like this one I received today!

“I love your website! You make changing to Office 07 much more better with all your tips and stuff. The way you say it makes me understand, purchase and get the idea more better. Thanks!” – Michael, pharm Houston, for sale USA

Keep the comments coming, and let me know what you want me to write about.  I now have my hands on a RTM copy of Office 2007 Professional, so I will be pumping more Office 2007 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials in the coming weeks.

Cheers,

TNP 😉

I am sure as soon as you thought about upgrading to Office 2007 and looked at the options available, sale
you thought – “dang it, this is going to be hard work deciphering exactly what version (or SKU) of Office I should buy.” 

Well let me save you the hassle and let you know exactly what you are getting when you purchase Microsoft Office Professional 2007:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing / document reading and creation needs
  • Excel 2007
    For crunching the numbers
  • PowerPoint 2007
    For presenting information to your peers
  • Outlook 2007 (with Business Contact Manager)
    To keep in touch with your colleagues through email (and keep track of customer details using the Business Contact Manager)
  • Access 2007
    To build databases to store your important business data
  • Publisher 2007
    To produce professional looking documents, marketing collateral, reports, business cards, banners, signs, websites etc.
  • Accounting Express 2007
    To make managing the finances of your small business (or your EBay empire!) easy

There are two different versions of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 that you can buy.  The first is a full version of the product, which you need to buy if you do not currently have a version of Office on your computer. 

If you currently use Office on your computer, then you can purchase the UPGRADE version, which is a lot cheaper!

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Love to see comments like this one I received today!

“I love your website! You make changing to Office 07 much more better with all your tips and stuff. The way you say it makes me understand, purchase and get the idea more better. Thanks!” – Michael, pharm Houston, for sale USA

Keep the comments coming, and let me know what you want me to write about.  I now have my hands on a RTM copy of Office 2007 Professional, so I will be pumping more Office 2007 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials in the coming weeks.

Cheers,

TNP 😉

I am sure as soon as you thought about upgrading to Office 2007 and looked at the options available, sale
you thought – “dang it, this is going to be hard work deciphering exactly what version (or SKU) of Office I should buy.” 

Well let me save you the hassle and let you know exactly what you are getting when you purchase Microsoft Office Professional 2007:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing / document reading and creation needs
  • Excel 2007
    For crunching the numbers
  • PowerPoint 2007
    For presenting information to your peers
  • Outlook 2007 (with Business Contact Manager)
    To keep in touch with your colleagues through email (and keep track of customer details using the Business Contact Manager)
  • Access 2007
    To build databases to store your important business data
  • Publisher 2007
    To produce professional looking documents, marketing collateral, reports, business cards, banners, signs, websites etc.
  • Accounting Express 2007
    To make managing the finances of your small business (or your EBay empire!) easy

There are two different versions of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 that you can buy.  The first is a full version of the product, which you need to buy if you do not currently have a version of Office on your computer. 

If you currently use Office on your computer, then you can purchase the UPGRADE version, which is a lot cheaper!

Are you a teacher, dosage
student, price
or home user of Office, misbirth
and want to upgrade or buy a full version of Office 2007?  Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 is probably the best version for you.  Why?  Well it is cheaper than most of the other office suites, but includes all the programs you are most likely to use every day.

What programs are included in Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007?

There are four different programs which come with Home and Student edition.  They are:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing, typing, document creation needs.  Great for school, college or university homework and assignments.
  • Excel 2007
    Covers all your number crunching spreadsheet needs.  Great for creating graphs and reports for your homework or assignments
  • PowerPoint 2007
    Enables you to create your own presentations.  Capture your ideas, and share them with an audience.  Again great for homework or assignments where you need to present in front of a class or audience
  • OneNote 2007
    OneNote is great for taking notes, jotting down information, and keeping track of things.  Just like a paper notebook, except electronic!  Again fantastic for school, college of university, as you can keep your research notes all in one place.

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (along with all other Microsoft Office suites, and individual products) will be available in late January, and will cost around USD$150

TNP 😉

In the corporate world, link denture there is a tendency to want to brand every slide with your company logo.  Even worse, resuscitator treatment use the company colours and washed out ‘people shaking hands’ image that the CEO demands is on every slide.  How can you make sure that the logo or image appear on every slide?  By putting them into the Slide Master.

Think of the Slide Master as the ‘head honcho’ slide.  All the other slides in your presentation look up the the Slide Master, and copy (inherit) whatever the Slide Master look like.  Generally, if you place the company logo on the bottom right of the Slide Master, every slide in your presentation will have the company logo on the bottom right of the slide.

That is all well and good, but how do you get to the slide master view, especially since the user interface has changed in PowerPoint 2007?

1) Click the ‘View’ Ribbon Tab, then in the Presentation views group, select ‘Slide Master’

or

2) In the bottom right hand corner of the screen (just to the left of the zoom slider) hold shift and click ‘Normal Layout’.  This will switch to the master slide view.  To change back to the normal layout, just click normal layout, normally.  See the image below which explains it far better.

(PS – the pen work in the above image was created using a very bad mouse and the most powerful program in Windows – MSPAINT!  If anyone has a spare tablet (or tablet PC for that matter) that they want to permanently lend me, please let me know!)

[tags]PowerPoint2007, Slide Master, Help[/tags]

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Love to see comments like this one I received today!

“I love your website! You make changing to Office 07 much more better with all your tips and stuff. The way you say it makes me understand, purchase and get the idea more better. Thanks!” – Michael, pharm Houston, for sale USA

Keep the comments coming, and let me know what you want me to write about.  I now have my hands on a RTM copy of Office 2007 Professional, so I will be pumping more Office 2007 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials in the coming weeks.

Cheers,

TNP 😉

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Love to see comments like this one I received today!

“I love your website! You make changing to Office 07 much more better with all your tips and stuff. The way you say it makes me understand, purchase and get the idea more better. Thanks!” – Michael, pharm Houston, for sale USA

Keep the comments coming, and let me know what you want me to write about.  I now have my hands on a RTM copy of Office 2007 Professional, so I will be pumping more Office 2007 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials in the coming weeks.

Cheers,

TNP 😉

I am sure as soon as you thought about upgrading to Office 2007 and looked at the options available, sale
you thought – “dang it, this is going to be hard work deciphering exactly what version (or SKU) of Office I should buy.” 

Well let me save you the hassle and let you know exactly what you are getting when you purchase Microsoft Office Professional 2007:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing / document reading and creation needs
  • Excel 2007
    For crunching the numbers
  • PowerPoint 2007
    For presenting information to your peers
  • Outlook 2007 (with Business Contact Manager)
    To keep in touch with your colleagues through email (and keep track of customer details using the Business Contact Manager)
  • Access 2007
    To build databases to store your important business data
  • Publisher 2007
    To produce professional looking documents, marketing collateral, reports, business cards, banners, signs, websites etc.
  • Accounting Express 2007
    To make managing the finances of your small business (or your EBay empire!) easy

There are two different versions of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 that you can buy.  The first is a full version of the product, which you need to buy if you do not currently have a version of Office on your computer. 

If you currently use Office on your computer, then you can purchase the UPGRADE version, which is a lot cheaper!

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Exciting news!!!  My sources at Microsoft have all been spruiking that Microsoft Office 2007 has now reached the magic milestone that is RTM.

If you are a MSDN subscriber, search
you can expect the gold code to be available in the next few days.

If you are a consumer, diagnosis
we still need to wait until early next year to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 from the shops!

So now that Office 2007 is available, are there any areas that you need me to cover?  Over the next week or two I think I will get back to basics and build tutorials that cover the products (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Outlook 2007 to start with) from the ground up!

If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment and let me know.

TNP 😉

[tags]Office 2007, RTM, Tutorial[/tags]

Love to see comments like this one I received today!

“I love your website! You make changing to Office 07 much more better with all your tips and stuff. The way you say it makes me understand, purchase and get the idea more better. Thanks!” – Michael, pharm Houston, for sale USA

Keep the comments coming, and let me know what you want me to write about.  I now have my hands on a RTM copy of Office 2007 Professional, so I will be pumping more Office 2007 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials in the coming weeks.

Cheers,

TNP 😉

I am sure as soon as you thought about upgrading to Office 2007 and looked at the options available, sale
you thought – “dang it, this is going to be hard work deciphering exactly what version (or SKU) of Office I should buy.” 

Well let me save you the hassle and let you know exactly what you are getting when you purchase Microsoft Office Professional 2007:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing / document reading and creation needs
  • Excel 2007
    For crunching the numbers
  • PowerPoint 2007
    For presenting information to your peers
  • Outlook 2007 (with Business Contact Manager)
    To keep in touch with your colleagues through email (and keep track of customer details using the Business Contact Manager)
  • Access 2007
    To build databases to store your important business data
  • Publisher 2007
    To produce professional looking documents, marketing collateral, reports, business cards, banners, signs, websites etc.
  • Accounting Express 2007
    To make managing the finances of your small business (or your EBay empire!) easy

There are two different versions of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 that you can buy.  The first is a full version of the product, which you need to buy if you do not currently have a version of Office on your computer. 

If you currently use Office on your computer, then you can purchase the UPGRADE version, which is a lot cheaper!

Are you a teacher, dosage
student, price
or home user of Office, misbirth
and want to upgrade or buy a full version of Office 2007?  Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 is probably the best version for you.  Why?  Well it is cheaper than most of the other office suites, but includes all the programs you are most likely to use every day.

What programs are included in Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007?

There are four different programs which come with Home and Student edition.  They are:

  • Word 2007
    For all your word processing, typing, document creation needs.  Great for school, college or university homework and assignments.
  • Excel 2007
    Covers all your number crunching spreadsheet needs.  Great for creating graphs and reports for your homework or assignments
  • PowerPoint 2007
    Enables you to create your own presentations.  Capture your ideas, and share them with an audience.  Again great for homework or assignments where you need to present in front of a class or audience
  • OneNote 2007
    OneNote is great for taking notes, jotting down information, and keeping track of things.  Just like a paper notebook, except electronic!  Again fantastic for school, college of university, as you can keep your research notes all in one place.

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (along with all other Microsoft Office suites, and individual products) will be available in late January, and will cost around USD$150

TNP 😉

Have you upgraded from Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 but are unsure where some of your favourite commands are in the new ribbon user interface?  Don’t worry… here is a quick guide for some of my (and hopefully your) favourite Excel commands:

  1. Create a New Spreadsheet in Excel 2007
    Click on the Microsoft Office button (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen), stuff and select new
  2. Insert Rows in Excel 2007
    Click on the ‘Home’ tab of the Ribbon, and then in the ‘Cells’ group, click ‘Insert’, and then click on ‘Insert Rows’
  3. Check Spelling in Excel 2007
    Click on the ‘Review’ tab of the Ribbon, and then in the ‘Proofing’ group, click ‘Spelling’.  Or you could use the shortcut key, which is F7
  4. How to AutoSum in Excel 2007
    First select the cells that you want to AutoSum, and then click on the ‘Home’ tab, look in the ‘Editing’ group, click ‘Sum’, and then click ‘Sum’
  5. Save your Spreadsheet in Excel 2007
    You can either click on the Microsoft Office Button (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen) and select Save (or Save As), or you can click on the Save button in the Quick Access Toolbar (you can find the Quick Access Toolbar in the top left hand corner of the screen, just near the Microsoft Office button.)

Do you want to know where all your other favourite Excel 2003 commands are hidden (I mean where your favourite buttons can be found!)?  Microsoft have put together a great tool to help you out.  You can find the Interactive Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 command reference guide on the Microsoft Office website

’till next time

TNP 😉 

[tags]Excel 2007, Office, 2007, Help, Tutorial, Command Reference[/tags]

In the corporate world, link denture there is a tendency to want to brand every slide with your company logo.  Even worse, resuscitator treatment use the company colours and washed out ‘people shaking hands’ image that the CEO demands is on every slide.  How can you make sure that the logo or image appear on every slide?  By putting them into the Slide Master.

Think of the Slide Master as the ‘head honcho’ slide.  All the other slides in your presentation look up the the Slide Master, and copy (inherit) whatever the Slide Master look like.  Generally, if you place the company logo on the bottom right of the Slide Master, every slide in your presentation will have the company logo on the bottom right of the slide.

That is all well and good, but how do you get to the slide master view, especially since the user interface has changed in PowerPoint 2007?

1) Click the ‘View’ Ribbon Tab, then in the Presentation views group, select ‘Slide Master’

or

2) In the bottom right hand corner of the screen (just to the left of the zoom slider) hold shift and click ‘Normal Layout’.  This will switch to the master slide view.  To change back to the normal layout, just click normal layout, normally.  See the image below which explains it far better.

(PS – the pen work in the above image was created using a very bad mouse and the most powerful program in Windows – MSPAINT!  If anyone has a spare tablet (or tablet PC for that matter) that they want to permanently lend me, please let me know!)

[tags]PowerPoint2007, Slide Master, Help[/tags]

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb, approved in the top left hand corner of the screen (basically what was the “File” menu in older versions of Word)

What is the Prepare Menu?

The prepare menu is a collection of functionality which a user might use to prepare their work for publication, site storage or distribution, once they have finished the content of the document.  This might include adding some meta data to the document (for use in a EDRMS or document management system), adding a digital signature (to ensure the integrity of the document), or even checking that the document is compatible with older versions of Word.

Lets have a in depth look at what each of the options in the Prepare menu do.

Properties

By clicking on the properties option, you can add meta data to describe your document.  As you can see from the screenshot, the meta data you can add to your Word 2007 document includes:

  • Author – The name of the person who created the document
  • Title – The title of the document
  • Subject – the subject or topic of the document
  • Keywords – a few words which describe the document
  • Category – the category that the document falls into
  • Status – the status of the document (Draft, Final, For Review etc)
  • Comments – can be any comment which adds value to the document, or used for an abstract.

In the Document Properties Pane, if you click on the down arrow beside Document Properties you can launch the “Advanced Properties” box.  From this box you can add even more meta data to your document, with another 27 or so different options, ranging from the Client the document is for, to who Typed the document in the first place.

Inspect Document

The Inspect Document function checks to make sure there is nothing hidden in your document that a reader might find later down the track.  This is especially important if you have used track changes, hidden some text (when you should have deleted it), or used some meta data internally to classify the document that you do not want the reader to know about.

Clicking on the Inspect Document function displays a box which allows you to select the type of document inspection you want.  If you are dealing with a small document (say below 100 pages) there is no problem inspecting using all five options.  As your document grows however, the inspection will take longer, so you might only want to inspect for comments, revisions, versions and annotations.

Encrypt Document

By selecting Encrypt Document from the Prepare menu in Word 2007, you can add a password to protect your document.  Just type your password in once, then re-type it to make sure it is correct, and your Word 2007 document is encrypted.

Restrict Permission

This prepare menu option allows you to grant specific rights to viewers of the document.  For example, if you only want people to be able to read a document, but not print it or save it, you can grant those privileges using the Restrict Permission option.

This functionality is based on Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.  However, if you do not have RMS (or another information rights management infrastructure in your organisation), you can still restrict the permissions on your document using a free trial from Microsoft.  Information on the trial appears when you try to restrict permission on your document for the first time.

Add a Digital Signature

In Word 2007, you can sign your document.  Adding a digital signature is just like signing a document with your own written signature (except it is digital).  To add a digital signature in Word 2007, click on the office orb, select prepare, and then click add a digital signature.

You can create your own digital signature, or purchase one from a third party.  Signatures from third parties hold more credibility because they can be independently verified.

Note that digital signatures are invisible, and you do not actually see a traditional written signature anywhere on the document.

Mark as Final

Mark as final, marks the document as final, sets the document to read-only, and saves it for you.

Run Compatibility Checker

By running the compatibility checker in Word 2007 you can check to see if your document will load in previous versions of Microsoft Word.  This is very important if you work with customers or suppliers who may be running older versions of Word.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a deep dive into the document preparation features that you can find in the Prepare menu in Word 2007.  Hope that helps!

TNP

[tags]Word 2007, Prepare, Rights Management, Tips, Help[/tags]

Apart from the new Ribbon User Interface, no rx there are a few more ‘menu concepts’ that new users of Word 2007 (and Office 2007 in general) need to get their heads around.  The one that is most obvious is the “Prepare Menu”.  You will find the prepare menu when you click on the Office 2007 orb,