Office Pioneer

What it's really like to be working with the 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta 2

Office Pioneer

  • Draw tables the way you want them - just like on paper

    I have to admit, I can't take credit for this tip - I was reading an internal newsletter this morning when the the title, "Create custom tables with total flexibility in seconds", caught my eye. I read through the instructions (below) but it wasn't...
  • My first real bug bear

    I've just found my first real grumble with the 2007 release. I'm working after a day of presentations and I'm absolutely drained. My stomach is grumbling and I've got some friends waiting to go out for dinner - to say I'm impatient to be done with...
  • Office Pioneers go absent without leave

    Well, ok, we do have leave, but it probably feels like we've gone AWOL recently. It's frightening how quickly you can fall out of a habit - all it took was one week of holiday (Charlene) and an especially hectic week at work (Gill) and we'd lost our discipline...
  • Now all I have to worry about is my shoe getting glued to the floor!!

    Last year, on my graduate training programme, I went on a Presentation Skills training course, and what is the one piece of information that I remember from those 5 days.... breathe lots, it will take away the bright red face and the strange high pitched...
  • Blog Direct from Word 2007

    Word 2007 now provides the opportunity to publish a blog directly from a document. Writing to a blog can be unreliable if you type directly into a blog post. Issues can often arise with work being lost if the browser times out or if the window is accidently...
  • Taken forgranted already

    It's incredible how quickly you can get used to a great new feature - and start to resent the limitations, rather than appreciating having it at all! Take contextual spelling . Today I was writing the sentence, "I need to be able to provide complementary...
  • Office 2007 hits the news-stands

    If you were wanting to take a look at the Beta 2, but hadn't got round to downloading it, you can now get it free with several PC magazines published this month. In addition to the beta software, many of the magazines are also including feature articles...
  • OneNote Super Searcher!

    Not to hark on too much about my new found love affair with OneNote... But I am now making even better use of the "Print to OneNote" functionality that was available as a third party add on in 2003. Now, I have a send to OneNote icon on my Internet Explorer...
  • Be Refreshed by The Mini Bar

    The Mini Bar, formerly known as the ‘floatie’ (luckily that got changed) is a new solution to combat the irritating command loops involved in changing simple effects in text documents like font size, type face, font colour etc. In order to view...
  • Cell Blog H

    Splitting tables is a lot easier in the 2007 release than previously was the case. Instead of getting lost in a pile of menu options, now I just click on the Layout tab (one of the specific Table Tools tabs) and choose the "Split table" button. So I like...
  • Helping you get your Groove on...

    Following on from the "Big Groove Debate" as we are calling it, one of our colleagues, a Technology Specialist for Microsoft Office, has blogged about this too. His experience from speaking to customers and Microsoft partners is that you really can...
  • Get into the Groove

    Today, I am inspired to share some love (getting into the Groove-y mood ;-)) about the latest addition to the Microsoft Office system. As the baby of the system, Groove seems to be taking a while to find its place in the well established Office family...
  • Over-protected spreadsheets

    Something, somewhere has changed with protected spreadsheets. In between 2003 and 2007 they decided to get a whole lot tougher. I discovered that this week when I went to paste a bunch of answers into a protected spreadsheet - only to be told that...
  • Getting back time

    This isn't an Office 2007 post, but as I'm sitting at my desk on a Friday afternoon, with a to-do list a mile long, it feels very appropriate. Some great advice on dealing with email
  • Plucking needles from a haystack

    The "Find" function in Word just got a whole lot cleverer. Now, when you go to find a word, you can select the option "Reading highlight" which highlights every occurrence of the search term in your document. Just like this: Simplicity itself...
  • Seeing is believing

    Back to the small but beautifully packaged things in life, well in the Beta. I remember way back in July last year, when someone showed me some early beta code, the one thing I was really excited by was what is called Live Preview. This means that when...
  • Outlook (and Alfred) changed my life

    Currently I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself. My inbox has only 5 items in it and while work is very busy, I feel on top of my tasks and I know what I have to do. This might not sound like much of an achievement but for me it's a transformation...
  • My life in a box…

    Topic of the day for me, my new personal organiser, the To Do bar in Outlook . Previous to the 2007 Beta, my Windows Mobile Smartphone seemed to run my life quite nicely for me. It knew where and when I had to be and who I was supposed to be meeting,...
  • Update on "Insert from scanner"

    Well, I've heard back from the PowerPoint team , and they have confirmed that "Insert from scanner" has been removed from PowerPoint 2007. Mark explains: "This was a difficult call, but I think for the best of the product overall. The feature...
  • The Original Office Pioneer transitions to a new role…

    Not strictly about the Beta… but, our ultimate Office Pioneer, Microsoft’s Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Bill Gates, has announced this evening that he will be transitioning within the next two years to a part time role in the company . This...
  • Help!!!

    Back to the theme of finding those lost little functions in the Beta. So, with all the new user interface, the ribbon, and fancy super functional buttons , including the snazzy “Office button”. Sometimes, my mind reverts to complex menu systems and...
  • Now you see it; now you don't...

    I was giving a demo of the 2007 release to some colleagues on Monday and I was asked about the "forward" feature in the calendar. One of the attendees, an exec PA who spends her life sorting out meeting requests, said she couldn't always find this feature...
  • Let's book a meeting to discuss the meeting!

    Apparently in 2005 the average working person spent 5.6 hours in meetings . And in 2006, it seems that this average has gone up to 16 hours per week !! This week, admittedly a fairly busy one, I have 22 hours of meetings to fill my working days. It...
  • Better results faster, unless you're a teacher

    I got an email from one of our newsletter subscribers, Mark, who had been checking out the Beta and was dismayed to find out that the "Insert from scanner" feature had been taken out of PowerPoint. I must admit, I was surprised, because the 2007 release...
  • Sending my Efficiency Rating through the Roof AND Saving the Rainforest ;-)

    As an infrequent user of OneNote 2003, I continue to be amazed at the difference OneNote 2007 is making to my day to day working. Sure the 2003 program was pretty cool with some really practical features and benefits that no other program can provide...