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Using Word 2007 as a Blogging Tool

Microsoft Word is a wonderful tool for writing documents, but did you know that you can now use it to post to your blog as well? This is tremendously useful if you tend to write very long, wordy posts, or if you just can’t spell worth anything.

To begin blogging, click on the Office button in the upper left hand corner, and then New, and then choose New blog post.

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Now the ribbon will change to show the blogging tools. Click on the Manage Accounts button.

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You’ll see that I’ve already setup an account for myself in the list, but you should click on New.

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Now you’ll be asked what your blogging platform is. In my case, I’m using a custom WordPress installation, so I’ll choose that.

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Now enter in the relevant information for your site, and choose whether to remember the password. You should also take a look at the Picture Options button, because Word can automatically upload images to certain blogging platforms, which is much easier than doing the ftp option.

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Now you can start writing… you can add categories to your posts, and Word will automatically connect to your blogging platform and download the list of categories. Depending on the blogging platform you can even create new categories directly from within Word.

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You can open an old post by using the Open Existing button, or even publish a draft to your site.

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Word 2007 has really turned into an amazing blogging editor, well worth a look if you spend a lot of time in Word anyway.

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  • Published 08/9/07

Comments (8)

  1. Mr Linux

    The only problem is Word’s image handling is really pansy, especially compared to a tool like Windows Live Writer. Also, Word totally screws up any formatted sections you may add (for example, source code snippets). So, for long and wordy posts with no images or source code, Word is pretty good. Aside from those, stick with Live Writer. :-)

  2. The Geek

    Agreed, Live Writer is by far the best tool…

  3. AL

    Byescout Post2Blog (recently made free) is worth a look.

  4. Vaibhav

    I too would go with the other readers.. Live Writer scores over word when it comes to formatted text.

    cheers,
    Vaibhav

  5. Scott

    It should be noted that this doesn’t appear to work on blogs created at WordPress.com.

  6. WHS

    Hi Geek, In the second paragraph above it reads. “press Office button in the upper ‘right hand corner’” – I think it should read “upper left hand corner”. Regards WHS

  7. The Geek

    @whs

    Thanks… updated! =)

  8. Jeremy Thake

    If only Windows Live Writer worked with Windows Server 2003!

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