Office in Windows Vista


Hi Tony

I have a new laptop at home that has Vista Home Premium. I am really disappointed to find that when I email work Excel spreadsheets to my home computer – spreadsheets with several tabs of worksheets, Vista will only allow me to open one tab at a time in the Vista spreadsheet program This is so annoying as often I need to be flicking from one sheet to the other.

Also, when I email myself a Word doc from work and open it in Vista’s Wordprocesser program, often the formatting goes all over the place, and it does not recognize certain features that were used on the original Word doc.

I feel like I have got extremely basic versions of the the Word and Excel docs I am used to working with and I am amazed that Vista’s packages don’t seem very compatible.

Do I need to get Ultimate to fix these issues? Does everyone have these problems?



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Download-Save as a PDF file

Microsoft is offering this free download to allow you to use Office 2007 to save files as a PDF or XPS file. It works with any of the following Office apps:

  • Microsoft Office Access 2007
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007
  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2007
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2007
  • Microsoft Office Visio 2007
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007

Thanks for the tip, Namoskar!

Blog with Word 2007

I’ve tried several different blog editors, but I haven’t been satisfied with any of them. So, I’ve fallen back to using the standard editor built into WordPress. It’s okay. It lets me upload and insert images, and do some light formatting. My browser has a spell check built into it, which keeps me from looking too dumb.

But I spend most of my day writing books and papers in Microsoft Word, and I’m spoiled by, in particular, AutoCorrect. In fact, AutoCorrect has made me a sloppy typist—I frequently capitalize the first two letters of a word because I hold the Shift key down, but Word fixes it automatically for me. Word also has handy features like “Paste Special” to strip the formatting out of text.

So, when I’m blogging, I really miss using Word, and I waste time dealing with typos.

To blog with Word 2007, first register your blog account by following these steps:

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You can uninstall most programs by opening Control Panel and then clicking Uninstall a program (under Programs). Oddly, not all programs are listed there.

MyUninstaller is a free tool for removing software that might not be listed. I needed it because I was trying to install Office 2007 and it gave me an awful error message about having needing to uninstall a beta version of Office 2007–but none were installed, and none of the software I needed to remove was showing up in the Uninstall A Program window. MyUninstaller did list some incompatible components (I have no idea how it got installed) and launched the uninstaller for me.
Thanks to Scott Hanselman for pointing me to this tool.