Help with blogging in Word

This article provides information to help you get a blog account if you don’t already have one, and it provides instructions for registering your existing blog account with Microsoft Office Word 2007. It also includes troubleshooting information for the problems that you are most likely to encounter when you register an account, publish or open posts, or upload pictures. Find this yourself at help center of MS Word 2007 where from this article is.

If you already have an account with a blog service provider, you can begin blogging in Word immediately.

1.     Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click New.

2.     Double-click New blog post.

3.     In the Register a Blog Account dialog box, click Register Now to register your blog account with Word.

For information about registering your blog account, see the Register a blog account section in this article.


Get a blog account

If you don’t have an account with a blog service provider, try one of the following providers, or visit the Microsoft Office Marketplace to learn about provider options.

Here are some blog service providers to try:

*  Windows Live Spaces  Web address: http://spaces.live.com. Follow the instructions on the home page to create your own space. The service is free.

*  Blogger  Web address: http://www.blogger.com/. Follow the instructions on the home page to create your own blog. The service is free.

*  Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services  If your organization hosts a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site, ask the site manager to set up a blog page for you.

Register my existing blog account

If you already have an account with a blog service provider, you can configure Word to use your account information when you open or publish blog posts. If you have more than one blog account, you can register all of them in Word. When you blog, you can choose whichever account you want to use for a particular post.

The procedure for registering your blog account with Word depends upon the blog service provider you use.

Which provider do you use?

Windows Live Spaces

To register a Windows Live Spaces account with Word, type your space name and secret word in the dialog box for registering blog accounts in Word.

Your space name is the unique part of your Windows Live Spaces Web address. For example, if your Windows Live Spaces Web address is http://stigpanduro.spaces.live.com/, then your space name is stigpanduro.

Your secret word is the word that you choose when you turn on e-mail publishing in your space settings.

To turn on e-mail publishing

1.     Sign in to your space.

2.     Click Options.

3.     Click the E-mail Publishing tab, and then follow the steps for turning on e-mail publishing.

Windows SharePoint Services

Important  Blogging in Word on a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services blog page is available only in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

To register a Windows SharePoint Services account with Word, type the Web address of your blog page in the dialog box for registering blog accounts in Word.

The Web address of your blog page is a URL that contains the address of your blog page with no additional information. For example, if the URL of your blog page is http://contoso/myblog/default.aspx, you type http://contoso/myblog in the Blog URL box in Word.

Blogger

To register a Blogger account with Word, type your user name and password in the dialog box for registering blog accounts in Word.

Your user name and password are the credentials that you use to log on to your blog account.

Community Server

To register a community server account with Word, type your user name, password, and blog post URL in the dialog box for registering blog accounts in Word.

Your user name and password are the credentials that you use to log on to your blog account.

Your blog post URL is your blog provider’s host Web address plus /metablog.ashx. For example, if your blog provider’s Web address is http://blogs.contoso.com, you type http://blogs.contoso.com/metablog.ashx in the Blog post URL box in Word.

Other providers

To register a blog account with Word for a provider that is not listed, type your user name, password, Application Programming Interface (API), and blog post URL in the dialog box for registering blog accounts in Word.

Your user name and password are the credentials that you use to log on to your blog account.

The API and blog post URL information may be available from your provider. Check with your provider for an API and blog post URL, and type them in the boxes provided.

Troubleshoot a problem

The problems that you’re most likely to encounter will occur when you are registering your account, publishing or opening a post, or uploading pictures.

I can’t register my blog account with Word

*  Do you already have an account with a blog service provider? You must have a blog account before you can register it with Word. For more information, see the Get a blog account section in this article.

*  If you are typing your user name and password, make sure the information is correct. It should be the same information that you use to log on to your blog account. Passwords are case-sensitive, so make sure that CAPS LOCK is not on.

*  If you are using your Windows Live Spaces account, make sure that you type the correct space name and that you have turned on e-mail publishing in your space. For more information, see the Windows Live Spaces section in this article.

*  If you are using Windows SharePoint Services, make sure that you type the correct URL for your blog page. For more information, see the Windows SharePoint Services section in this article.

I can’t publish my post

*  Make sure your user name and password are correct. Remember that passwords are case-sensitive, and make sure that CAPS LOCK is not on.

*  Your blog provider may not support publishing posts in categories. Try resetting the category to None and publishing the post again.

*  Your blog provider may require titles on posts. Make sure that the title is not blank, and then try publishing the post again.

I can’t open a post

Make sure that your user name and password are correct. Remember that passwords are case-sensitive, and make sure that CAPS LOCK is not on.

I can’t upload pictures

*  Do you already have a service provider to host your pictures? Check with your blog service provider to learn how pictures are hosted in your blog. If your blog service provider does not host pictures directly, you may be able to use a picture library on the Web (sometimes also known as a photo album or picture gallery) to host the pictures in your blog. Alternatively, visit the Microsoft Office Marketplace to learn about provider options.

*  If you are using Windows SharePoint Services, verify that picture library was created with your blog page. If this library was deleted, recreate it and try again.

*  If you are using a custom Metaweblog provider, it may be that your provider does not support uploading pictures. Contact your provider for more information.

*  If you typed an upload URL for your picture options, make sure that the information you typed is correct.

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