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1, December 2008

My new blog address

In case you drop by here. Do check out my new blog site at

I will stop posting at this side.


30, July 2008

Petrol naik tapi MS Office turun!! Check it out at PC Fair 2008

Filed under: Office — patrickyong @ 3:55 pm

PC Fair is here again on Friday and Microsoft Malaysia has some goodies on MS Office 2007.


Free Touch & Go card worth RM20 with OEM version of Office 2007 (Small Biz and Pro)


If you plan to have Office 2007 at home, good news!! RM199 for the home edition.


Not enough? How about make it to be the 1st 100 customers at Microsoft booth at Hall 4 and get Office 2007 Home Edition at only RM99 !!

NOT IMPRESSED!!?? Tapi Malaysia forever not enough wan!! Want to stand a chance to win a copy of Office 2007?! Then listen and pay attention to and 988 fm this week!!

2, July 2008

Office Tips: Line Breaks Without Bullets

Filed under: Office,Word — patrickyong @ 11:37 am

Tested on Word 2007

When you’re creating a bulleted or numbered list in Microsoft Office Word or Microsoft Office PowerPoint, you might want an item to appear in the list without a bullet or without incrementing the number. You can start a new line without a bullet by pressing SHIFT+ENTER. The next time you press the ENTER key, the new line will continue the bulleted or numbered list.

1, July 2008

Microsoft Open Specification v1.0 released

Filed under: .NET Programming,Exchange,Office,Sharepoint,SQL Server,WCF,WPF — patrickyong @ 8:49 am

Awhile ago I blogged about Microsoft releasing products protocol documentation which are essential design specifications. That was about 2 months ago and the documents are of beta version.

Today the official version 1 is out that it covers the following products.

  1. Windows
  2. WCF
  3. Windows Server Protocol
  4. .NET Framework
  5. Office
  6. Office Binary File Format
  7. SharePoint
  8. Exchange
  9. SQL Server
  10. VBA Language Spec
  11. XAML

22, May 2008

Office 2007 SP2 to have wider document support

Filed under: Office,OpenXML — patrickyong @ 11:58 am

I believe Microsoft is really committed to promote interoperability with other vendors, even when they are direct competitors. Recently announcement on inclusion of ODF and PDF support into Office 2007 Service Pack 2 is a strong evidence.


Having said that, the above mentioned 2 document formats have already been supported via freely available addins

  1. PDF Save as in Office 2007
  2. ODF translator for Office 2007

The default and newer MS Office file format still has its own advantage over the others especially for integration works with line of business applications. So after acceptance by ISO, Microsoft will of course continue to work on this format for the benefits of its customers.

Another interoperability evidence would be support of Silverlight inside Linux by Novel, which I think is very cool.

14, May 2008

Where is that &$#@ command in Office 2007?!

Filed under: Excel,Office,PowerPoint,Word — patrickyong @ 8:32 am


Sounds familiar? This is the No. 1 complain for first time user of Office 2007 because of the new Ribbon user interface, quite a number of commands have been repositioned. I keep on telling people that after a couple of weeks they will get used to the new UI and actually be happy with it. Honestly at least I do (whether or not I working with Microsoft)


So for the rest of us, Office Labs launched a new Office add in called Search Commands. It helps you find commands, options, wizards, and galleries in Microsoft Office 2007 Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Just type what you’re looking for in your own words and click the command you need. Search Commands also includes Guided Help, which acts as a tour guide for specific tasks. (pic above)

Go here for more details.

9, April 2008

Office Developer Conference ’08 contents now online


The slides from ODC 2008 are made available on the OBA Central website.

The slides are categorized into a few categories:

  • Architecture (those planning a full scale deployment of OBA should read this!)
  • Client (incl. coverage of some lesser know product for OBA i.e. Access & Groove)
  • Executive
  • Server (ala SharePoint, look out for stuffs on BI and Authentication)
  • Services (SOA & S+S)

One of the cool thing I saw from the slides is a 3d Silverlight webpart for Plant Floor OBA RAP (pic below).


22, March 2008

The Office 2007 UI Bible

Filed under: Office,RibbonUI — patrickyong @ 3:47 pm

Patrick Schmid actually compiled together blog posts of Office 2007 UI Team Program Manager Jensen Harris into sections of topics about the new Ribbon UI.

As someone who do a lot of Office customization, I keep wonder sometimes why certain things are design in certain way inside Office 2007. This bible web site will more or less gives you the answer to the 4Ws of the Office UI.

Jensen also did a prezzo at Mix 08 about the Story of the Ribbon, you can download the .wmv and .pptx there. Its interesting to see some early prototype of Office 2007 like the photo below.

19, March 2008

Book To Read: RibbonX Customizing the Office 2007 Ribbon

Filed under: Office,OpenXML — patrickyong @ 6:05 am

This is a amazing book on customizing Office 2007 new Ribbon User Interface. All the Office programming books so far never go as deep into topics such as:

Contextual Ribbon


Office Menu


Quick Access Toolbar


Best of all, it even has samples on deployment and security best practices.

There are a lot of codes inside on how to customize the above mention UI. For anyone doing Office 2007 customization you guys should really pick a copy from Amazon.

5, March 2008

Office Live Workspace available worldwide

Filed under: Excel,Office,Office Live,Outlook,PowerPoint,Word — patrickyong @ 2:28 am

Microsoft just launch the beta version of Office Live Workspace after allowing pre-registration for US based customers few months ago. Good news is this time it is available worldwide. Goto this URL to sign in using your Windows Live/ Hotmail ID

Upon signing in you will get a screen as below, notice that there is an ‘Install Office Add-in’ button. This is a less than 1Mb .msi file download which gives you integration on Word, Excel and PowerPoint. image

I look at Office Live Workspace as a online extension of the Office client. There is a personal document library for you which you also can share with other people. Then for Outlook you can synchronize your tasks, appointments, contacts and even notes on your workspace.


On the help file it stated that the integration is available for Office 2003 and XP as well. Cool, FREE new features for older version of Office product. How many vendor does that?

Integration with Office 2003

Integration with Office 2007

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