Welcome to Microsoft Office Word 2007, included in the 2007 release of the Microsoft Office system. Office Word 2007 is a powerful authoring program that gives you the ability to create and share documents by combining a comprehensive set of writing tools with the new easy-to-use Microsoft Office Fluent user interface.
Office Word 2007 helps information workers create professional-looking content more quickly than ever before. With a host of new tools, you can quickly construct documents from predefined parts and styles, as well as compose and publish blogs directly from within Word. Advanced integration with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and new XML-based file formats make Office Word 2007 the ideal choice for building integrated document management solutions.
This document provides an overview of Office Word 2007, with an emphasis on new and improved features. It also covers Office Word 2007 in action to demonstrate its exciting new capabilities.
Together with the new results-oriented Office Fluent user interface, Office Word 2007 gives you the tools you need to create professional-looking content.
The new Office Fluent user interface presents the right tools to you when you need them.
Add Building Blocks of predefined content and reduce the errors associated with copying and pasting frequently used content.
Quick Styles save you time by helping you quickly format text and tables throughout your document.
Document Themes apply the same colors, fonts, and effects to your documents for a consistent look.
Use Quick Styles in a Word document to easily choose and apply a new style. View a larger image.
SmartArt diagrams and a new charting engine help you add a professional look to documents. Shared diagramming and charting with Microsoft Office Excel 2007 spreadsheet software and the Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 presentation graphics program help ensure a consistent look across your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
Compose and publish blogs directly from within Word using the familiar Word interface to create your blog posts complete with pictures, rich formatting, spelling checker, and more. Publish your blogs from Word to many common blog services including Office SharePoint Server 2007, MSN Spaces, Blogger, TypePad, Community Server, and more.
The Equation Builder helps you construct editable, in-line mathematical equations using real mathematical symbols, prebuilt equations, and automatic formatting.
Live word count keeps track of the number of words in your document as you type, and is always in view in the new Office Fluent user interface of Office Word 2007.
Typographic capabilities offer improved bulleted and numbered lists, numbered list styles, and new fonts designed to improve on-screen reading.
Citation Manager and Reference Builder give you the ability to add references, footnotes, endnotes, tables of contents, tables of figures or tables of authorities. Format your reference automatically by selecting a predefined style guide, including APA, MLA, The Chicago Manual of Style, and others.
Contextual Spelling Checker helps you avoid common mistakes and misuse of similarly spelled words.
Add Building Blocks to an Office Word 2007 document to increase efficiency and reduce errors. View a larger image.
Office Word 2007 provides editing and reviewing tools that help you create professional documents more easily than ever before.
Spend more time writing, less time formatting. The Office Fluent user interface presents tools when you need them, in a clear and organized fashion. Live visual previews, predefined style galleries, table formats, and other content help you get more out of Office Word 2007 capabilities.
Add frequently used content to your documents with just a few clicks. Office Word 2007 introduces Building Blocks for adding frequently used content to your documents. Select from a predefined gallery of cover pages, pull quotes, headers, and footers to make your documents look more professional. You can even create your own Building Blocks to simplify the addition of custom text, such as legal disclaimer text or other frequently used materials.
Communicate more effectively with high-impact graphics. New charting and diagramming features that include 3-D shapes, transparency, drop shadows, and other effects help you create professional-looking graphics that result in more effective documents.
Quickly apply a new look and feel to your documents. Using Quick Styles and Document Themes you can change the appearance of text, tables, and graphics throughout your entire document to match your preferred style or color scheme.
The Office Fluent user interface of Office Word 2007 enables you to create documents more quickly than ever because it presents the right tools when you need them. View a larger image.
With Office Word 2007, you can share documents with colleagues to gather feedback efficiently. You can help prevent unwanted distribution of your documents and help ensure that private comments or hidden text are removed prior to publishing. It is now also easier to provide feedback on important documents or participate in review and approval workflows when working with Office SharePoint Server 2007.
The tri-pane review panel makes it easy to compare and combine two versions of a Word document, so you can detect even the smallest differences when dealing with changes from reviewers.
Initiate an Office SharePoint Server 2007 review and approval workflow process directly from Office Word 2007. You can simplify the document review and approval process across your organization using familiar tools integrated with powerful server capabilities.
The option to save as Portable Document Format (PDF) or an XML Paper Specification (XPS) filegives you the ability to share your documents with people who may not have Word.1
The Document Inspector feature helps you detect and remove unwanted comments, personally identifiable information, hidden text, or other information from the document so that private information stays that way.
Digital Signatures can be added to a document to help others verify that content has not been changed since it was published. A new signature line can be added to prompt other Word users for their signature, or to provide a visible digital signature within your documents.
Reading Mode offers you an immersive, full-screen reading experience that makes online reading easier, reducing the need to print the document. New navigation controls and typography display improvements make the reading experience better than ever.
Quickly compare two versions of a document. Office Word 2007 makes it easy to find out what changes were made to a document — a new tri-pane review panel helps you see both versions of a document with deleted, inserted, and moved text clearly marked.
Master your review process using Office Word 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007. With built-in workflow services in Office SharePoint Server 2007, you can initiate, manage, and track document review and approval processes from within Office Word 2007, so you can accelerate review cycles across your organization without forcing people to learn new tools.
Remove unwanted information from your documents. The new Document Inspector feature can remove comments, tracked changes, metadata, or other information from your documents.
Help protect your documents with a digital signature. With Office Word 2007, you can digitally sign your documents so the people who read them know they haven’t changed since they left your hands.
Convert your Word documents to PDF or XPS. With Office Word 2007, you can share documents in Portable Document Format file (PDF) and XML Paper Specification (XPS) format without using third-party tools.
Office Word 2007 enables you to digitally sign your documents, so readers know they haven’t changed since they left your hands. View a larger image.
1 You can save as a PDF or XPS file from a 2007 Microsoft Office system program only after you install an add-in.
Go beyond documents to important business processes
Office Word 2007 offers a host of integration points to enable organizations to build powerful solutions that are easy for users to utilize successfully. The flexibility and interoperability of Office Word 2007 make it an ideal choice for building managed document solutions.
Ecma Office Open XML Formats give developers unprecedented access to the contents of your documents, enabling broad interoperability with a wide range of programs and solutions.
The Document Information Panel helps you have users enter correct metadata by making it possible for you link document properties to Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services or to other external data sources.
Content Controls help you structure the document authoring process by requiring specific types of information or by adding sections of documents that may not be edited or reformatted.
Custom-defined schema support of the Office XML Formats enables developers to host their own content within Word documents, using their own custom XML vocabularies. Instead of expensive translations, custom XML content is hosted directly within the file.
Data Bindings in Office Word 2007 provide developers with an easy way to link the contents of external data sources and custom-defined schemas to their word documents.
Custom-defined schema support of the Ecma Office Open XML Formats enables developers to host their own content within Word documents, using their own custom XML vocabularies. Instead of expensive translations, custom XML content is hosted directly within the file.
Manage content with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
Office Word 2007 can be used with Office SharePoint Server 2007 to provide more effective ways to manage content. As a result, it is now easier to help ensure consistency across your company and comply with regulations.
Participate in Office SharePoint Server 2007 workflows without leaving Word to help make users more efficient when working in a managed environment. You can start workflows, interact with workflow tasks, or get information about your documents from the new Document Alert Bar.
Managed document repositories can be accessed from within Office Word 2007, so you have greater control over document versions.
Information management policies consistently enforce the labeling, auditing, and expiration of documents stored in Office SharePoint Server 2007 managed document repositories.
Reduce file sizes and improve corruption recovery. The new Office XML Formats are compressed, segmented file formats that offer a dramatic reduction in file size and help ensure damaged or corrupt files can be easily recovered.
Connect your documents to business information. Create dynamic Smart Documents that update themselves by connecting to your back-end systems using new document controls and data bindings.
Keep track of your documents with the Document Information Panel. Use the new Document Information Panel to add workflow and tracking information directly to your documents. Add Windows SharePoint Services information or custom properties to your document templates to extend document management functionality into the Office Word 2007 environment.
Quickly detect documents with embedded macros. Office Word 2007 uses a separate file format (.docm) for macro-enabled documents, so you can quickly tell whether a file is capable of executing any embedded macros.
The new tri-pane review panel of Office Word 2007 enables you to quickly compare or merge two versions of a document and helps identify moved text and tracked changes within tables. View a larger image.