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.
- Start Word
- Click File > New and
- 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.
- Find the location of winword.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office<version>\WINWORD.EXE
Word 2007: 12
Word 2010: 14
- 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
- Rightclick your desktop and select New > Shortcut
- Enter the following location:
"<location winword.exe>" /q /t"<location Blog.dotx>"<br/><strong>"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\WINWORD.EXE" /q /t"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033\Blog.dotx"</strong>
- Enter a suitable name for the shortcut like Microsoft Word 2010 - Blog
- 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.