Insert a Drop Cap in Publisher 2007

Do you want to add a classy touch to the publication that you are working on in Publisher 2007? 

A drop cap is a great way to do that.  For those that don’t know what a Drop Cap is… it is one of those big letters you see at the start of a paragraph.

In Publisher 2007 it is easy to add a drop cap.

1) Click on the paragraph of text you want to add the drop cap to

2) Click on the “Format” menu

3) Click on “Drop Cap”

4) Select the drop cap style you want to use.  If you want to make something really special, click on “Custom Drop Cap” and select the letter position, size, font and colour

5) Click “OK”

Too easy!

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Show Formatting Codes in Publisher 2007

If you have been around the block a few times with Word 2007, you will be more than familiar with codes.  You know… amongst other things that backwards “P” that you see at the end of the paragraph.

Well did you know you can have the same codes appear in your Publisher 2007 document as well?

It is really easy to turn on and off:

1) Look for the “backwards P” icon in the menu, and click that!

or you can just…

2) Press “CTRL + SHFT + Y”

Now you have even more control over your Publisher 2007 design!

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Office 2007 Forum – get your Office 2007 question answered!

They have been closed for a while now, but today I am re-launching The New Paperclip’s Office 2007 Forums!

What does that mean?  If you have any question at all about Office 2007, whether it is Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access or even SharePoint Designer… you now have a place where you can look for answers.

I will be there frequently, and we will be able to draw on the collective knowledge of the community to get your question answered!

Here are the links to each of the forums:



So there you have it – the quick and easy way to get your Office 2007 question answered!  See you on the forums!

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

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

All you have to do is follow @TheNewPaperclip.

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

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

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

All you need to do is register using this form

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

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How to create Business Cards with Publisher 2007

Are you a small business person who wants to create a great looking business card?  It is really easy with Microsoft Office Publisher 2007.

Here is how you do it!

1) Open Publisher 2007

2) On the “Getting Started with Microsoft Office Publisher 2007” page, look on the left hand side.  You will see a column with the heading “Publication Types” at the top.  Look down the list and about 6 down you will see “Business Cards”.  Click on it

3) In the main part of the window you will now see a variety of designs for your business card.  There are newer, more contemporary designs at the top, and more classical designs down the bottom.  Take a good look at each, and pick your favourite.

4) In the right hand column, there are a number of options for your business card.  You can customise it with a different colour scheme, and a different font scheme.

5) Still in the right hand column, look for the “Business information” drop down box.  If this is the first time you have created a business card, your only option will be “Create new…”.  Select “Create new…” and a box will appear for you to enter your business card information.  Once you are happy with all your details, click save.

6) If you are happy with all your decisions, click the “Create” button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

7) Once your card is created… check all the details, and then hit print!

Now you have a business card you can be proud of!

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Office DevCon 2008 – Sydney, Australia

Are you an Office freak from down-under?

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

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

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

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

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Reduce your carbon footprint with Microsoft Office 2007

Want to be a desktop publishing great, spreadsheeting wiz or PowerPoint guru and help the environment at the same time?

Guess what – you might be already!

Microsoft have released an extra section on Microsoft Office Online called Lighten up: Reduce your carbon footprint and workplace costs.

Obviously they left one tip for reducing your impact on the environment… instead of investing in all those Office 2007 self help books, why not just bookmark your favourite Office 2007 help, tips, tricks and tutorial site!


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I have a friend on the inside…

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

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

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

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

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Deploying Office 2007 in the Enterprise

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

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

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

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

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

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