Posting to your blog from Word

Did you know Word can be a blog editor? Actually, it may be one of the most powerful blog editors since its word processor engine has been on the market for more than 25 years. Blogging from Word is straightforward, including the initial setup if you are using one of the supported blogging platforms: SharePoint, WordPress, Blogger, Telligent and TypePad. Not that you cannot post to other platforms, but setting up Word to publish to those ones will be fully automated.

  1. Write your blog post
  2. Go to File, Share, Post to Blog, then click the button Post to Blog. Note this is different from Post to Social Networks that exists as well and support Twitter and Facebook.
  3. You will then be asked to setup Word to it can publish to your blog platform with your account. 3 simple actions:
    1. Register your blog account. This is necessary for Word to know where and how to publish.
    2. Choose first your blogging platform. If it’s one listed, everything will take less than a minute. If it’s not listed you may need to setup the platform and it may requires extra steps.
    3. Input your URL, account and password so that Word can detect details of your blog
    4. After Word warns you that people may see what you are about to send – hey you are on the Internet –, everything should be smooth and setup is over. Easy, isn’t it?

It’s always possible later on to change the settings of your blog if you were, for instance, to change the user and/or the password. You can now post to your blog. Note that Word will load a new menu item called Blog Post and will actually reduce the menu bar to just two main items: Blog Post and Insert. It reflects the capabilities of the blogging platforms.

Once your blog post is over, you can publish or publish as draft if you want to modify or publish it later, by clicking the Publish button in the Blog Post menu. Note that you may want to add Categories if you have some on your blog so it will categorize your post for enabling search and sort.

Voilà. Word is now setup for blogging. One final point: when you want to create a new blog post, now Word is setup, you just have to go to File, New and choose the Blog Post template. It will automatically load the right menu bar to get you right ready to write your post.

3 Steps to keep all your OneNote Notebooks in sync

If you are reading this blog, there are chances you are using computers, tablets, smartphones and many other electronic devices to do your job, play games, and carry on various sort of activities.

Among those activities, there are chances you come up with ideas, information or data you want to keep. The ideal tool for this is OneNote. Yes, there are other alternatives, but since Microsoft is now giving OneNote for free for almost all platforms, including Apple and Android, you may want to give it a try: OneNote.com.

You may want to read more about what you can do with OneNote by reading the OneNote blog. I’ll go over in future posts on simple tips and tricks that will help you squeeze the juice from this application. However, for whatever you’ll use OneNote, the first critical thing to do is to keep OneNote sync on all your devices. If you do this, when you update OneNote on your phone, your PC, Mac and tablets will be updated too automatically! The same goes in every possible direction.

Sync’ing all your devices

There is nothing simpler than achieving this ubiquitous synchronization, with this simple 3 steps:

  1. When creating your OneNote Notebook (File, New), chose your OneDrive share.
    OneNote File New menu
  2. Invite other people, or not, if you want to collaborate with peers. Note this is not mandatory. If you chose to do so, others PC/Mac/Tablets/Phone will be kept in sync as well – a great way to create a document on which all can contribute.
    OneNote Invite people dialog
  3. On your other devices, open the Notebook you have just created (File, Open) by going to OneDrive and chose the right Notebook.
    OneNote File Open menu

Voilà, as simple as that. Now your Notebooks are synchronized and you can start taking notes, without risking losing them. They will be with you anywhere, anytime, on any device (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?).

 

The Microsoft Office Productivity Blog

Soon, an amazing blog on how to get the most out of Microsoft Office!

It seems most of the users are still using Word, Excel and PowerPoint like they were when they started years ago. However, the latest releases, including Office 365, offer ways to get things done in a matter of seconds. This blog is dedicated to give tips, tricks and advices on how to get the most of Microsoft Office and be instantly more productive to get back your life and produce awesome documents!

Stay tune, we will start very soon. Just polishing the site and the first posts.

Marc