How to add rule lines or grid lines to your OneNote page

Out of the box by default your OneNote notebook will have lots of blank pages. But if you are using a stylus or pen to take notes with your tablet using OneNote, and you are a messy writer like me… chances are you would prefer to have some lined paper in your OneNote notebook. Not only does it make it easier for you to write neater, it also will help others to read your (horrible) writing!

To add some lines to your paper in OneNote all you need to do is:

  1. Click on the “View” tab in the ribbon
  2. Look for the “Page Setup” group
  3. Click on “Rule Lines” then select your preferred line option

One you are happy with your selection and want to save yourself the hassle of adding rule lines to every page you create… simply repeat the process, but select “Always Create Pages with Rule Lines”

So there you have it – the quick and easy way to add lines to your OneNote notebook!

’till next time!

Office 2010 Tips and Tricks–the Screen Saver!

Are you deploying Office 2010 in your organisation and looking for a great (ie FREE!) way to increase the adoption of Office 2010?  Or maybe you are a home user just interested in learning more about Word, Outlook or Excel?

Either way – Microsoft have a great training tool available which can help you or  your people get more out of Office 2010.  It is the Office 2010 Getting Started Screensaver.

Now you need to be running Windows 7 to use it, but if you are, it is one of the better ways I have seen to learn more about Office.

Click here to download the screensaver today.  Thanks to Ian Palangio from Microsoft Australia for pointing it out!

‘till next time!

Guide to Group Policy in Office 2010

A quick post for all you guys out there that have to manage Office 2010 deployments in a business.  Microsoft have made available a great resource that outlines all the different Group Policy settings for Office 2010 – a must have resource if you want to manage your Office 2010 deployment well.

Check it out at

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The file menu is back! Welcome to Office 2010

So if you are a bit of an Office freak like me, you will know that Office 2010 was RTM’d last week (Released to Manufacturing – a fancy way of saying “yep, its ready”).  It will be available in the shops in the next few months, but if you are a corporate customer with a volume licensing agreement – or you have a subscription to MSDN or TechNet – you will find you can get the Office 2010 bits, and product keys already.

With RTM comes a shift in content here at The New Paperclip.  Whilst I will still produce Office 2007 content, there is a whole new world of Office 2010 that is to be explored, documented, and published in easy to understand language just for you kind folks!

Before we get into the nitty gritty of Office 2010 – there is one thing I would love to share with you.

One thing that most of you will like (and people that work on IT Helpdesks will LOVE) about Office 2010 is that the File Menu is back!  Well, technically it never left, but in Office 2007 it wasn’t called the File Menu, it was simply this weird looking “Office Orb”. 

So IT Managers – if you are looking for a quick win to cut your helpdesk calls dramatically (you know… all the ones that were like “Where has Print gone”, Where has Save gone” etc) – just upgrade to Office 2010.  Because everyone knows, you find them in the File Menu.  And you will not get as many calls about

“What is that funny looking circle thing… what do you mean you want me to click on it?  It doesn’t look like a button!”

If you are upgrading to Office 2010 – make sure you subscribe or check back regularly for more tips, tricks and tutorials.

‘till next time!

First Look Microsoft Office 2010: Free e-Book from Microsoft Press

Hi there!

Are you on the bleeding edge and have already had a play around with the beta version of Microsoft Office 2010?  Or are you just interested in what is coming in the next version of your favourite productivity tool?  Well do we have a great link for you today!

Our friends over at Microsoft Press have released a few electronic version of the book – “First Look Microsoft Office 2010”.  14 chapters of Office 2010 gold, including:

  • Welcome to Office 2010
  • Express Yourself Effectively and Efficiently
  • Collaborate in the Office and Around the World
  • Create and Share Compelling Documents with Word 2010
  • Create Smart Data Insights with Excel 2010
  • Manage Rich Communications with Outlook 2010
  • Produce Dynamic Presentations with PowerPoint 2010
  • Organize, Store, and Share Ideas with OneNote 2010
  • Collaborate Effectively with SharePoint Workspace 2010
  • Create Effective Marketing Materials with Publisher 2010
  • Make Sense of Your Data with Access 2010
  • Putting It All Together
  • Security in Office 2010
  • Training Made Easy

You can read the Microsoft Press blog post – or just click here and download the book directly.  It is about 10.5mb or so.

‘till next time!

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

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

All you have to do is follow @TheNewPaperclip.

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

‘till next time!