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25Jul/113

Word shortcut for creating blog posts

From Word 2007 Microsoft introduced the option to use Word as a blogging client for WordPress or many other blogging services. However if you blog regularly, you will be annoyed by the normal procedure.

  1. Start Word
  2. Click File > New and
  3. Select Blog post

That's a bit too much clicking (or too many shortkeys) for lazy me. That's why I wanted to shorten this process; here's how.

  1. Find the location of winword.exe
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office<version>\WINWORD.EXE
    Word 2007:    12
    Word 2010:    14
  2. Find the location of Blog.dotx
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\<language ID>\Blog.dotx
    English - US:    1033
    Dutch - NL:    1043
    German - DE:    1031
    Find your language ID here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179219.aspx
  3. Rightclick your desktop and select New > Shortcut
  4. Enter the following location:
     "&lt;location winword.exe&gt;" /q /t"&lt;location Blog.dotx&gt;"<br/><strong>"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\WINWORD.EXE" /q /t"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033\Blog.dotx"</strong>
  5. Enter a suitable name for the shortcut like Microsoft Word 2010 - Blog
  6. Click Finish

I added the shortcut to my start menu in the Microsoft Office folder. This way I can type blog after pressing the Windows Key followed by an enter to start Word with the blog template.