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!

‘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!

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

’till next time!

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!


’till next time!



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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!

’till next time!

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.

’till next time,

Download the 2007 Office Resource Kit

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

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

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

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

Ask your Office 2007 questions at The New Paperclip Forums –

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

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

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

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

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


’till next time,


Create a Master Page in Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007

Anyone who is serious about building a professional, efficient and most importantly… a great looking Intranet or Website hosted on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 NEEDS to know about Master Pages.

For those of you new to web design, “Master Pages” allow you to have a consistent layout throughout your entire project, without having to do some fancy coding!  I guess the best way to think of master pages is as a template for the way your whole site looks.

How do I create a Master Page in SharePoint Designer 2007?

  1. Click “File” -> “New” -> “ASPX”.  This will create the file that we are going to work with
  2. Click “Table” -> “Layout Tables”.  This will allow you to build a layout of your master page (what your website layout will look like!) using tables.
  3. Look towards the bottom right hand corner of the screen.  You should see a “Layout Tables” pane.  Down the bottom of that pane there is a section called “Table Layout”.  In this section there are a variety of common layouts that are used on professional websites.  Have a look through each of the layouts and select your favourite.
  4. Add the standard content you want to be in each part of the Master Page.  For example, you might want to put a copyright message in the footer, a page title at the top of the page etc.
  5. Now we want to set up a content region.  Click where you think you will have most of your content on your page… most likely the middle cell of your layout table.  Click “Format” -> “Master Page” -> “Manage Content Regions”.  Type the name you would like to call it (in the screenshot example, I called it “middle”, but you could call it main, or content, or whatever you like!).  Click “Add”, and then click “Close”


  6. Click “Save”.  When saving, you need to make sure that you are saving it as a master page.  To do that, click on the “Save as type” drop down box, scroll down a little, and click on “Master Page”.  Then give your page a file name and click “Save”

There you have it – your first master page in SharePoint Designer 2007!  If you want to add more content that you would like to be consistent across your entire website or intranet site – simply continue to add that content to your master page!  How easy is that!!!!

’till next time,


[tags]SharePoint 2007, SharePoint Designer, Tutorial, Layout, Master Page[/tags]

Do you want to try Office 2007 without having to download the trial versions?

The worst part of software evaluation is having to wait for ages whilst you download all the different trial versions that you want to look at.  Office 2007 is no different, with most trial versions being in the hundreds of megabytes region!  Talk about a bandwidth hog!

But there is a much easier, faster, and less painful way to try out each of the Microsoft Office 2007 system products – even those niche ones like SharePoint Designer 2007,  OneNote 2007, Visio 2007, Project 2007, and even InfoPath 2007!  It is called the 2007 Microsoft Office Test Drive.

The Test Drive is a virtual environment that you can view from your web browser! (delivered via Citrix for those who want to know the technical side of it).  Using the Test Drive is exactly like using the trial software if you had installed it on your own machine – only you don’t have the hassle of installing (and eventually uninstalling) all your favourite Microsoft Office 2007 programs.

The best part about the Office 2007 Test Drive is that it comes packed with tutorials for each of the products that you can evaluate.  This feature alone is fantastic because you can get up to speed very quickly on each of the Office 2007 products, and make a fair and informed decision as to the benefits that the products will have to your productivity, your business, or your employees.

You can find the 2007 Office System Test Drive on Office Online.  And remember when you have played with the products, come back to The New Paperclip to dive deeper into each of them 🙂

’till next time


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