One of things that make the blogging life easier is having simple, click-to-open access to your tools. Choosing Word 2007 as your client might not seem to be worth the effort on first glance. Right out of the box, creating a new post is a three step process.
- You’ll start Word which creates a default empty document.
- Then you’ll click the Office Button
- and then select Blog Post from the menu.
Seems like way too much work for me. Perhaps we ought to make a shortcut to simplify the whole process.
Creating a Word Blogging Shortcut
Word documents are based on templates that contain the formatting information for each type of document that you create and the blog post is no exception. Word supports command line switches so, with a little creative shortcutting we can override the Normal.dotx template with the Blog.dotx template and start the word processor in blog posting mode. Once you’ve located everything the process is a piece of cake. Watch.
- The first thing you need to do is gather some information. You’ll need to identify the locations of the two files you are going to use, Winword.exe and Blog.dotx. Their default locations are:
- Winword.exe F C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE
- Blog.dotx F C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033\Blog.dotx
- Right click on the desktop and select New-Shortcut from the context menu. You’ll troubles will be rewarded with this:
- You are going to use two of Word’s switches:
- /q – starts Word without the splash screen
- /t – starts Word with a specified template
- In the data field, type the following line being sure to make any changes needed to accommodate your folder structure. The double quotes are necessary because of the spaces in the path. Also be sure to note that there is no space between the /t switch and the template name. Inserting a space there will open the template for editing and you don’t want to do that. At least not right now.
- “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE” /q /t”C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033\Blog.dotx”
- Click Next and you’ll be asked to name the shortcut. You’re a blogger, be creative.
That should keep you occupied for today. Next, we’ll start checking out some of the features that Word brings to the game.
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Thank you, works like a charm!
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