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Creating Documents for Use Outside of Microsoft Office Word 2007

Creating a Blog Post

A blog is a personal Web site. It might be a personal online diary, or it might provide commentary, news, or information about a specific subject, such as a genre of music, a political point of view, a medical condition, or local news. A blog consists of posts that can include text, images, and links to related blogs, Web pages, and other media.

Word 2007 makes it easy to create posts that you can upload to your blog. If you have already set up a blog space with a blog service provider, you can register your blog space with Word the first time you create a blog post. If you haven’t yet set up the blog space, you will need to register with a service provider before you can publish your first post. Thereafter, Word uses your registered blog account information when you create or publish a post.

In this exercise, you will register your existing blog space in Word, create a blog post, publish it to your blog, and then view the published blog post.

  1. Start Word, if it is not already running. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click New.

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    Microsoft Office Button

  2. In the Blank and recent pane of the New Document window, click New blog post. Then click Create.

    Word creates a document and the Register A Blog Account dialog box opens. If you already have a blog account, you can click Register Now, and follow the instructions to register your existing account. If you don’t have a blog account, you can click the Office Online link for information about getting an account.

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    The following steps are for registering a blog account created on Windows Live Spaces.

  3. Click Register Now.

    The New Blog Account dialog box opens.

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  4. Click the Blog arrow, click Windows Live Spaces, and then click Next.

    The New Windows Live Spaces Account dialog box opens.

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  5. Enter your space name and secret word, and then click OK.

    The Picture Options dialog box opens.

  6. In the Picture Options dialog box, verify that None – Don’t upload pictures is selected in the Picture provider box, and then click OK.

    A message appears when your account has been successfully registered.

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  7. In the Microsoft Office Word message box, click OK.

    Word displays a blank blog post with a title placeholder at the top. The Ribbon includes only the Blog Post and Insert tabs.

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  8. Click the title placeholder, and type Introducing the Taguien Cycle .

  9. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and click Open. Then in the Open dialog box, browse to the Documents\Microsoft Press\Word2007SBS\WebDocs folder, and double-click the Blog document.

  10. Select all the paragraphs below the heading, and on the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the Copy button. Then close the Blog document.

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    Copy

  11. In the blog post, click below the line, and then on the Blog Post tab, in the Clipboard group, click the Paste button.

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    You can use the buttons in the Basic Text group on the Blog Post tab to format the title and text so that it looks the way you want.

  12. On the Quick Access Toolbar, click the Save button.

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    Save

  13. With the contents of the WebDocs folder displayed in the Save As dialog box, type My Blog Post in the File name box, and then click Save.

  14. On the Blog Post tab, in the Blog group, click the Publish arrow, and then in the list, click Publish as Draft.

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  15. If the Connect to Your Space dialog box opens, enter your space name and secret word, and then click OK.

    A message appears when the blog post has been published to your blog.

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  16. In the Blog group, click the Home Page button.

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    Your default Web browser opens, displaying the home page of your registered blog space.

  17. At the right end of the toolbar, click Edit your space, scroll to the bottom of the page, and under Recent Entries, click Introducing the Taguien Cycle.

    Word displays the draft of the blog post. You can edit the post in your Windows Live Spaces blog just as you would edit it in Word, and you can make formatting changes such as changing the font, size, color, or paragraph alignment.

  18. After making any necessary changes, click the Publish Entry button.

    Word publishes the post to your blog.