Microsoft Office products are among the best tools in any professional’s toolkit and with every release Microsoft improves on the functionality and ease with which you can create, distribute and save information. With 2007 once you get past the foreign ribbon layout I believe you will find a really robust system that fixes a lot of the gripes and complaints that users have had over the years.

Well my favorite fix is that you can now save your documents as PDF files without shilling out a lot of money for Adobe Acrobat or messing freeware offerings such as cutepdf or primopdf. Instead of setting up a print driver you can actually save directly to the pdf file format which is awesome if you have ever had to go through the pain printing 30 pages individually and binding them all into a single pdf file because adobe ran out of memory while printing.

Setting it up could not be easier:

  1. First Download and install the 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS.
  2. From any Office program (Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 etc.) click the Office button in the top left corner.
  3. Select Save As.
  4. Choose PDF.
  5. Select either Standard (publishing online and printing) or Minimum size (publishing online).
  6. Click Publish and you?re done.

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If your using Office 2003 or below I would suggest you check out either cutepdf or primopdf.

– Mark Flavin

6 Comments

  1. Karen Goodman on March 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for the great tip! I’m sure this will come in handy when I need to email a document to a client that doesn’t have Word or Excel on their computer.

  2. Kelly Kilpatrick on March 4, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    It works! I guess I won’t be needing my online subscription to Adobe anymore.

  3. Mark Flavin on March 4, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Awesome I am glad to hear this was helpful for you all. Karen if you want to share an excel file with a client that does not have Excel installed, you can include a link to the Excel Viewer.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=C8378BF4-996C-4569-B547-75EDBD03AAF0&displaylang=en

  4. Jay on March 5, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I’m afraid to ask how much office 2007 costs.

  5. Karen Goodman on March 5, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Jay – I can’t remember exactly how much I paid, but a quick google search would give you the price. If you arleady have any of the programs including in the suite (word, excel, publisher, powerpoint, outlook), you can get the upgrade price and get all 5. I had a 2003 package that didn’t include publisher, and it was well worth the money just for that program.

    I’m using publisher’s email newsletter template to send out newsletters that look really professional. I’m getting lots of great comments on them, and it makes it easy to stay in touch with everyone that you have an email address on. I add every internet prospect to my newsletter list along with my SOI list. So far, I’ve got about 250 on the list and only one person opted to unsubscribe.

  6. micheal on April 22, 2012 at 5:02 am

    this will help

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