Posting to a Knowledgeblog using Microsoft Word 2007

It is possible to use Word 2007 as your blogging tool on Knowledgeblogs. This post explains how this is accomplished, and serves as an example of the process, since it was authored itself in Word 2007.

Author

Simon J Cockell

Bioinformatics Support Unit

Newcastle University

United Kingdom

NE1 7RH

s.j.cockell@newcastle.ac.uk

Basic Setup

To setup publishing to Knowledgeblog from Word 2007, you first need to setup Word to talk to the blog.

Revising a Post

Word deals with post revisions. Once you have published a post, if you continue to edit the original Word document, then click ‘Publish’ a second time, Word will update the original post. If you save the document your hard drive, and reopen it to edit at a later date, any revisions you publish will affect the original post. If you fail to save the document, or wish to edit someone else’s post (as is desirable for posts that are collaboratively written for example), you can open existing posts in Word:

Features

Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks that you’ve inserted in your document should work as expected. To insert a new hyperlink, highlight the word that you want to be linked, and right-click. Then select ‘Hyperlink’ from the resulting menu, and enter the URL you want to link to in the appropriate box. Alternatively select the ‘Insert’ menu, then select ‘Hyperlink’, you will then be prompted to enter the text you want to display, and the URL you want it to link to in the resulting dialog box.

Images

Images can be added to a post in the same way as adding them to a normal Word document. Go to the ‘Insert’ menu, and select ‘Picture’. Once you have selected the image you want in your post, it will appear in your document. When you publish the post, images should be uploaded (the default setting allows this, settings for pictures can be changed when you set up the blogging account, or by clicking the ‘Manage Accounts’ option in the Ribbon). Example:

WordPress should respect the image formatting options that you select for your picture.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Calliphora_vomitoria.jpg)

Lists

  1. As the above demonstrates, bulleted lists work as expected.
  2. So do numbered lists.

Text Justification

Text will be justified in the blog post as it is in the Word document.

This text is centred.

This text is right justified.

Blogging features

What can’t you do?

Other resources

Obviously, posting from Word is a widely used blogging strategy, so there has been plenty written about it. Other articles include: