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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Sites Tuesday, 30 November 2010-Top Bing searches in 2010-Bing Music updates-2.5m Kinects sold-Visual Basic for WP7 developers-Live Spaces migrating to WordPress-Effective use of Social Media

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Sites Monday, 29 November 2010-Irish given cheese handout-Best photos of year-Writing or just practicing-Social gadgets

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Problem–Can’t copy from Expression Web 4 to Live Writer and publish to Wordpress–Workaround

webDotWiz writes up his webDotWiz column (www.webdotwiz.com) in Expression Web 4 and to save typing, has been in the habit of copying the page (in Design view in EW 4) to Live Writer (in Edit view) and then publishing onto his blog (formerly Live Spaces but now here on WordPress).

With migration of his Live Space to WordPress and appropriate set up in Live Writer, webDotWiz suddenly found a couple of weeks ago that, after he’d copied his webDotWiz Online column from EW4 into Live Writer and clicked Publish, he got the following error:


From memory, webDotWiz can’t remember if this particular page had images or not. However, if at first you don’t succeed, try again… and the same error came up even though the second attempt involved a page without a single image. Hmmmm…

webDotWiz in the meantime had posted several of his daily blogs containing screenshots to his WordPress site and didn’t receive the above error.

So there has to be something strange going on between Expression Web 4 and Live Writer.

Well, instead of copying the page in Design view from Expression Web 4 to Live Writer in Edit view, webDotWiz thought he’d try copying the page as displayed in Code view in Expression Web 4 to Live Writer in Source view – and that works!!

Problem solved (for the time being) using a workaround.

In summary, when copying a page from Expression Web 4, firstly go to Code view, select the text and copy to Live Writer in Source view to ensure Live Writer will publish to WordPress.

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New features in Hotmail and Office Web Apps-webDotWiz Online Sep 30 2010

Over the past week or so, the Windows Live team have announced several new updates to Live Hotmail and the Office Web Apps. The features in Hotmail will appear over the next few weeks so don’t be surprised if you don’t have them immediately.

Hotmail attachments size increased

Previously when using the Attachment option to attach photos or documents to an email, there was a total size limit of 10 Mb. That size will be increase to 25Mb when the new features roll out worldwide.

As well, we’ll all be able to send an email with up to 10Gb of photos attached (up to now this feature was limited to the U.S.). This will work by informing you as you attach photos that the 25Mb limit has been reached and offer the alternative of creating a temporary folder for you on your Live Skydrive into which photos will be uploaded and an email sent to your intended recipient containing a link to the folder. You can change permissions on this folder and the time for which the folder will exist (90 days is the default).

Hotmail folders and sub-folders

It soon became obvious in some cases that the Sweep function had limitations. For example, you receive newsletters from a car magazine and the newsletters alternate from news about different cars each week. You want to automatically send each newsletter about each type of car to its own folder and now you’ll be able to by creating sub-folders under your Newsletter folder, for example, and so fine tune your archive of newsletters.

Chat with Facebook friends

Later in the year we’ll be able to chat with our Facebook friends from Live Messenger (on the desktop) or from Live Web Messenger while in Hotmail or any other Live web service page (such as Live Photos). We’re already able to chat with our Windows Live friends from both Live Messenger and Web Messenger with messages appearing in both Messengers. While you’re working on your email, access Web Messenger by signing in after you click on Messenger from any of your Windows Live web pages, such as Hotmail.

Note that you’re able to send IMs to any of your Facebook friends from Live Messenger – simply hover over their contact name and the option Send message (Facebook) will pop up.

Viewing videos in Hotmail

If you receive an email from a friend with a YouTube or Hulu video embedded in the message, you can view the video directly from within Hotmail. Soon emails containing videos from DailyMotion and Justin.tv will also be viewable in Hotmail.

Office Web Apps

The Office Web Apps consist of online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The best part is that these applications are free for Windows Live users and you don’t need to purchase a version of desktop Office. The Office Web Apps don’t have all the feautures of the full desktop versions in Office 2010 but they’re more than adequate.

One of their prime features is that you can easily share documents with your fellow Windows Live friends without having to resort to the old-fashioned way of emailing documents as attachments. If you don’t want to share, then take advantage of being able to access your Office Web App documents wherever and whenever you have internet access.

You’ll know you have Office Web Apps enabled when you go to Office from any of your Windows Live web services pages such as Hotmail and you see the four icons for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in the top right of the Office Live page.

There have been some updates in the past couple of days including the option now to open a web app document in your desktop version of Office. As well, the print function in the Office Web Apps is more easily found and it’s included in edit mode as well as view mode.

The Excel web app now enables you to insert different types of charts into your online spreadshet; under the Insert menu you’ll find options for column, line, pie, bar, area, scatter and others. As well you can now use the auto fill handler just as in desktop Excel.

In the PowerPoint web app there are more styles from which to choose and new ones will become available from the Office.com libray. Also we can now insert clip art from the huge clip art library on Office.com.

Finally Excel and PowerPoint web apps can be embedded in web pages and blog posts.


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Better security in Hotmail and other Live news-webDotWiz Online Oct 14 2010

This week we’ll take you through some notable updates to Live Hotmail and Live Calendar, some useful photo tips from the Rushworth Community House webDotWizards and how you can make life easier for yourself by using Live Messenger to link up with your Facebook friends.

Live Hotmail

It can happen that you or a friend get tricked by what’s called a social engineering email into giving away your Hotmail password. Consequently you lose control of your Hotmail account. All is not lost as there’s a recovery method.

When you first become aware that your Hotmail account is being used by someone else (e.g. your friends might inform you that they’re getting lots of spam in emails sent from your account), you need to change your password at account.live.com. However, your password may have been changed by the infiltrator and that’s where your secret question and answer or alternative email address and your location information that you entered when signing up for a Hotmail account will be needed. So before life gets complicated, check your account information at account.live.com and write down and store it in a safe place just in case you need it in the future to recover your account.

Recently Live Hotmail added further security measures to help us protect our accounts. To check your account status, while in Hotmail, hover over your name at the top right of the screen and choose Account. You will have to sign in again with your password and then you’ll see details such as your alternative email address and secret question. There are two new items: your mobile phone number and Trusted PC.

You can use the mobile phone option to request a one-off code when you’re using Hotmail at a public place (such as an internet cafe) when you can’t be sure if the computers have antivirus software nor are infected with keyboard logging software that records your keystrokes with the aim of stealing your password.

The final option is to declare your home or work computer as a Trusted PC and then this computer becomes the only computer at which you change or recover your password.

Live Calendar

A reminder that your Live Calendar is easy to access and use – just look down in the bottom right corner of your Hotmail or Live Mail screen to bring it up and get started.

To make an entry, such as an up-coming appointment or birthday, simply click on the appropriate date to enter details. You can use the recursion function to have Calendar repeat an event for as long as you need. As well, you can have Calendar send an email alert to give you notice of what’s on.

You’re also able to share a calendar with selected friends specifying whether those other people can edit the calendar or just view it.

Live Photo Gallery

The webDotWizards at Rushworth Community House have learnt some tricks they want to pass on.

Firstly, check your camera’s date and time settings when you’re setting out for that holiday whether within Australia or overseas. Especially when overseas, it’ll be to your benefit when you get home if you change your date and time camera settings to those where you’re clicking those many shots as a record of your trip. When you can, take a shot of any public noticeboards or signs that will later make it easy to know the location of the photos. Alternatively, after a day of sightseeing, take a few shots of any brochures you have collected during that day.

Secondly, immedately after you’ve loaded your photos onto your computer using Live Photo Gallery, add geotags, people tags and description tags so you can find these photos in a year or two’s time. With an eye to creating a DVD from your photos to share with family and friends, then add captions to your photos so when others are viewing your movie they won’t be ringing you up to find out any extra information.

Use favorites in Live Messenger

When you install the latest version of Live Essentials from download.live.com, the latest version of Live Messenger enables you to not only to chat to your Live Messenger friends but also to your Facebook friends (if you use Messenger Social to connect your Facebook service to your Live web services). Hovering over any of your friends, whether on Windows Live or Facebook, you’ll see the option to Send an IM.

As well, using the status pane at the top of Live Messenger, you can directly write to your Facebook wall to share what you’re doing with your Facebook friends as well as your Live friends.

Lives Spaces migration to WordPress

Windows Live Spaces will be phased out next March. In the meantime, you’ll be offered to migrate your Live Space to WordPress. This process is completely automatic and you only need to connect your WordPress site to your Live web services and provide a new password.

There are two links in this week’s list of sites to give you an idea of the process and how to set up Live Writer so you can post to your new website especially if you’re including photos and photo albums in an update to your site.

webDotWiz will have more information soon as to how to go about changing themes, adding your own image header to your site and making best use of other features on WordPress. One positive aspect that webDotWiz has already found is that WordPress has extensive antispam protection to keep spam comments away from your site.


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Cross posted from webDotWiz Online at www.webdotwiz.com/column-141010.html

webDotWiz Online column Oct 28 2010-Hotmail updates now for everybody

Over the past couple of months there have been several updates for Live Hotmail. Some of these updates were available in certain countries only but now they’re available to Hotmail users worldwide. An overarching feature of the new Hotmail is that you can view documents, photos and videos from within Hotmail itself – that means no more having to start up other Windows programs outside your browser.

Insert toolbar – Office docs

The Insert menu in Live Hotmail.

When you begin a new email, you’ll notice the Insert toolbar now contains buttons for Attachments (as has always been the case), Office docs, Photos, From Bing and Emoticons.

Attachments works as it always has in the past to enable you to attach documents and photos. However there are now special buttons for these two functions, namely Office docs and Photos.

Clicking Office docs opens your Documents folder so you can choose a Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote document you want to send to your recipient(s). Once you’ve chosen a document and clicked Open (yes, webDotWiz knows), you’re informed that the document has been uploaded to your Live Skydrive (your free 25,000 megabytes of online space for documents, photos and videos). If you look on your Live Skydrive (click on Office at the top of any Windows Live webpage or use the link to Skydrive under the Windows Live menu item) after this step, you’ll find there’s a folder name Folder in which the document is stored online.

Use he Edit Details dialogue to set permissions for your document.

Note the Edit details on the right-hand side of the screen.

The Edit Details dialogue.

Click this to bring up a dialogue where you can specify for how long the document will be available from your Live Skydrive and whether your recipient can edit and delete the document. Later we’ll look at what happens when your receive a document attachment.

The document is uploaded to your Live Skydrive online space.

Be aware that the recipient of your Office document doesn’t need to have Microsoft Office installed on their computer. Yes, that’s right – read that again if you have to. In fact, you can create Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents yourself without buying the desktop version of Office by using the Office Web Apps. The only requirement is that you have a Windows Live ID. webDotWiz had a column devoted to Office Web apps back in June so have a look to catch up on how you can make use of this free Windows Live service.

Receiving an Office doc in Hotmail

The email your recipient receives with a link to the document that's been stored online in your Skydrive. You've given permission for the user to view and/or edit.

When you open an email with an Office document attached, you can immediately view the document or download and save it. The latter will only be possible if you have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. If you don’t have desktop Office or you want to view the document immediately, click the link to the document, that is, click on the document’s name.

You view the document directly from within Hotmail.

A new webpage opens and the appropriate Office Web app loads the document (Word, Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint presentation or OneNote notebook). There are options available at the top of the screen for you to edit in the browser using the appropriate Office Web app or you can save the document to your Documents folder on your own computer (only applicable if you have Office installed). What you’re allowed to do at this stage will depend on the permissions set by the sender but if you’re working with other people, you’ll be able to edit, save and share with others.

Attaching photos

Photos chosen from the sender's computer are being uploaded into an album.

The most common choice from the drop down menu will be Photo album. From a folder in your Pictures folder on your computer, choose the photos you wish to send.

The Edit Photo Album details dialogue where you set various permissions.

Click on Edit album details on the far right of the screen and you’ll see some details already filled in for you: the name of the photo album which will be stored on your Live Skydrive (the name is taken from your email’s Subject line), when the album will expire (at 90 days) and the size of the photos (set at 1600 pixels maximum). Those webDotWizards who have sent a link to an album from their Live Photos albums will be familiar with these options.

The reason why Hotmail enables you to send a photo album is that there are so many email systems that still restrict the size of attachments received to a megabyte or so. In these days of megapixel digital cameras, this restriction doesn’t enable your family and friends to view your photos in all their glory.

By receiving just a link to an album on your Live Skydrive, Hotmail enables you to “send” an album of photos up to a maximum of 10Gb (yes, 10,000 megabytes) with the album containing as many as 200 photos, each of maximum size 50Mb. No more excuses from your family and friends that they can’t receive your photos in an email.

This is the email your recipient receives. They can view a slide show of the photos or download them.

The email your recipients get enables them to view a slide show of your photos or download them all. Remember your recipients will have access to this album for the time period you set before you posted the message. If your recipients aren’t on Windows Live and they lose the link to the album, they’ll have to request the link again. In this way you can protect your photos so they’re not available to everybody.


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Let Live Messenger Social do the work-webDotWiz Online column-Nov 11 2011

Back in September one of webDotWiz’s column was titled Live Messenger, our people app. Since then Windows Live users have begun to see how Messenger Social makes life so much easier.


Want to write something on your Facebook wall? Simply fill in your text message in Messenger’s share pane at the top of the Live Messenger window and click Share.



Want to send a private message (PM/IM) to one of your friends on Windows Live or Facebook? Hover over their name on your list of friends, choose Send IM, type your message and press Enter.

Want to tell everybody you’ve put your holiday photos online? Just upload your photos to your Live Photos/Skydrive online and your Windows Live and Facebook friends (if you’ve connected your Windows Live account to your Facebook account) will be notified automatically.

Have friends on Facebook with whom you want to keep in contact and share photos and other activities but they don’t want to join Windows Live? Once you’ve connected your Facebook account with your Windows Live account, they’ll get access to your photo albums and other activities whenever you add new albums and content online from your Windows Live account.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can download Windows Live Essentials 2011 from download.live.com (which redirects to explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials) and you’ll then have the latest version of Live Messenger.

Windows XP users can check they have the latest version of Live Essentials for XP by going to the same address. However, the latest version of Live Essentials for XP was released last May and you won’t have the latest features of Messenger Social that Vista and Windows 7 users enjoy. You’ll have to use your Windows Live Home page at home.live.com to  keep your friends up to date and see their activities. A tip: use the text pane in the header of your Windows Live Home web page to let your Live and Facebook friends know what you’re up to.


You can easily check which services you’ve connected to your Windows Live ID by going to your profile page (there’s a link on every Live page at the top right or go to profile.live.com and sign in if necessary) and looking on the left-side of the page under Connected to for the Manage link. If you want to connect your Windows Live ID with other services, click the Connect link. You may be surprised to see how services that can be connected and if you’re a member of any of these, connect them so you have access from one place, namely Live Messenger Social.




Messenger Companion


This service is installed with the install of Live Essentials 2011 and you probably didn’t know you had it. When you find a site or web page that you’d like to recommend to your friends, simply go to Tools in Internet Explorer 8 or use Ctrl+Shift+C to bring up the sharing pane. You’ll have to sign in, then, if you want, you can write a sentence or two, or simply click Share.

All your Windows Live friends will be automatically notified and if you’ve connected your Facebook to Windows Live, your friends on Facebook will also be notified that you think this web page is worth looking at.

You might come across a site that has the Messenger badge with some text such as Share via Messenger. Clicking this link brings up the Messenger Companion, just as Ctrl+Shift+C does. For example, Liveside.net and webDotWiz’s latest links page have the Messenger badge.

Migrating your Live Space to WordPress

The migration process is automatic and you only need to make sure you connect your new WordPress site to your Windows Live ID so we all get notified when you add new content.

What can be a time-consuming task is to choose a theme from all those that WordPress offers. However, WordPress helps out by enabling you to do a preview of what your site looks like with any theme to try. So take your time and you’ll eventually find the theme that suits you best.

GenieChene thinks these themes are worth considering: Solipsus (e.g. cheniechene.wordpress.com), Andreas 04, Chaotic Soul, Flower Power and Koi Theme (e.g. see glorialennoxmyblog.wordpress.com). webDotWiz has changed over to the zBench theme just introduced a week or two ago.

Now that it’s not so convenient for friends who aren’t on Windows Live or Facebook to view photo albums, use Live Writer to insert an album and post to your site. For a good example to achieve this, see JBMurch Travel.

WordPress has an online new page creator and it’s quite good for posting text. However if you want to post photos and photo albums to your WordPress site, it’s much better to use Live Writer 2011 so, if you haven’t already, set up your WordPress blog account in Live Writer.


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Get ready for the holiday season–webDotWiz Online column Nov 25 2010

Last year a number of people created a seasons greetings movie from some photos taken during the year and emailed it instead of buying and snail mailing traditional cards. The movie was well received so it’s time to get ready for this year’s holiday season. The tools we’ll use are Live Photo Gallery and Live Movie Maker. If you haven’t got these apps yet, download Windows Live Essentials 2011 from download.live.com.

Browse and tag photos

In Live Photo Gallery browse through the photos you’ve taken this year (or older photos if you prefer). We’re looking for about twenty photos to keep the movie short and pithy. Think of a tag, such as Xmas movie 2010. You may want to create different movies for different groups of family and friends, so expand your tag with a number or letter, such as Xmas movie 2010 1 or Xmas Movie 2010 a.

We’ll be using this tag later on to group together all the photos for the seasons greetings movie by using Find in Live Photo Gallery so that we can then simply create the movie and all the photos will automatically load into Live Movie Maker.

To easily bring up all your 2010 photos in Live Photo Gallery, click the Find tab, then the Year icon and select 2010. If you need to, click Search all in the main window.

Alternatively you may want to focus your photos on people so then you can use Live Photo Gallery’s face recognition function. Simply click on a face in the face gallery either on the Home or Find tabs.

As you browse your photos, click the middle of a photo to select it. Then tick (i.e., click) the selection box at the top left of each photo you want in your selection. Remember if you click the middle of a photo, you’ll lose your selection so you’ll need to start again.

Once you’ve selected a group of photos, click Add descriptive tags in the right pane to tag all these photos (we’re using something like Xmas movie 2010 as a tag).

Once you’ve got about twenty photos, click on Find, the Tags icon and click Xmas movie 2010 to bring up all your photos as a whole. Now add a caption to each photo or a caption on the first photo of a group of photos. Now your audience will have some information about the photo when viewing the movie.

The reason for grouping about twenty photos for your movie is that each photo will display for five seconds (unless you change this time in Live Movie Maker) so we’re keeping our movie short. As well, we’ll be adding a title and credit image to our movie. The free music clips from last year are also short so twenty photos or so is a good number.

After you’ve added captions, it’s time to move everything over to Live Movie Maker.

Creating the movie

Select all your season greetings photos using CTRL+A. Click on the Create tab in Live Photo Gallery then click the Movie icon. Live Movie Maker will start up with your photos already loaded.

If you want to change the order of photos, click the photo you want to move and drag it to its new position. Just remember to use drag and drop you need to have placed the big black bar next to the photo you want to move.

Last year Windows Live made available a free collection of title and credit images as well as music clips. Maybe we’ll have the same this year but while we’re waiting, download last year’s free pack from the web address in this week’s sites list. The file is a zip file so right click it after downloading and extract the files into a folder on your computer.

Position your cursor on your first photo in Live Movie Maker, and on the Home tab, select Add videos and photos to load one of the titles from the pack. Place your cursor on the last photo and load one of the credit images.

You’ll want to add a personal greeting on the first image so click it and type in your text. Similarly you can add your own message to the credit image.

To add music, click the Music icon on the Home tab (after place the cursor at the start of your movie). After loading one of the free pieces of music, you’ll see its duration and you may need to add another music clip or two to fill out your movie.

Now you’re ready to save your work. Go to the File menu (the blue rectangle at the top left), choose Save Project as, give your project a name and click Save. This step saves your collection of photos, title and credit, and the music so you can return if you need to for some editing.

There are a couple of options as to saving your movie. The simplest is to save it to your Skydrive online. When the uploader comes up you’ll have to decide who you’re going to share your movie with. One option is set viewing permissions to Just me and later use Share in Live Photos to send out invitations to family and friends so they receive an email with the link to your online video so they can view it.

For those family and friends without email you’ll have to save your movie on your computer and use Windows DVD Maker to create a number of DVDs to pass around or mail.

Use Word or PowerPoint Web App

An alternative to creating a season greetings movie is to put together a Word or PowerPoint document in Office Web Apps and share it with family and friends even if you or your friends don’t have Microsoft Office installed on their computer.

After you’ve signed in with your Windows Live ID, go to your Live homepage, click Office and create the appropriate type of document (Word or PowerPoint being the most suitable).

You can insert photos into both. With PowerPoint you’ll need to browse through the different themes available to choose the most suitable one for your season greetings document.

In comparison to the desktop version of Word, the Word Office Web App doesn’t have all the styling features in desktop Word so you’ll have to use some creative genius to spice up your greetings document. Give the PowerPoint Office Web App a try to see if there’s a theme that satisfies your requirements.

Regardless of the type of Office Web App document you create, once it’s saved you can share (i.e., have Live Skydrive send an email) with family and friends without any further effort.

Another option is to use Docs.com to share a season greetings document with your Facebook friends.

You can see there are lots of choices to make life easier to share season greetings with family and friends this year.


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Create a collage-type header image for your WordPress site

Here’s how you can create a header image for your WordPress site using some of your photos joined into a single collage-type image. Have a look at JBMurchTravel as an example. You could achieve a similar result using Microsoft AutoCollage or Paint.NET but it’s a very simple, straightforward task when you use Microsoft Word 2007 or Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Publisher 2007 or Microsoft Publisher 2010.

We’ll use Word’s wide range of picture editing tools to soften the edges of our photos and then Publisher’s ability to move pictures to a specific location and save the result as a single file in JPG format.

So firstly browse through some photos in Live Photo Gallery. Tag each photo you want to use or possibly use with a tag such as WP header image. When you’ve found a number of photos, bring up the group using Find – Tags. It’s helpful if you change Live Photo Gallery’s View to Folders so you know where each photo is when it comes to using Insert Picture in Word.

Setting up Publisher


Start Publisher, click File and choose New. Select the Blank A4 (Landscape) template to give plenty of room to work and fit together your photos.


Secondly, on Publisher’s File menu, choose Options – Advanced and under Display, choose Show measurements in units of pixel.

Using Word

As mentioned, Word 2007 and Word 2010 have a range of picture editing tools. We’re only going to use on of them in this task, namely Picture Effects on the Picture Tools – Format ribbon.


To start, choose Insert – Picture from the ribbon and load your first photo (click to Live Photo Gallery to find the folder name if you need to).

The picture loads and will be selected (if it’s not selected, click anywhere on the picture). Now you’ll need to click Format under Picture Tools on the ribbon.




Now click Picture Effects (it’s alongside Picture Styles) and from the drop down list, choose Soft Edges. Hover over each choice to see which is best for your photo, probably 25 point. webDotWiz used 10 point for his screenshot images each of which has a light background. JBMurch Travel’s header image uses photos with 25 point soft edges.

After viewing the effect of different sizes, click the one you think suits best.




Now (with the picture still selected) we copy and paste it over to Publisher so it’s CTRL-C to copy.

In Publisher

Bring up Publisher and do CTRL-V to paste.

We don’t need the photo in full size. In fact, if you’re using WordPress’ Ten Twenty theme, you’re limited to a height of 200 pixels. So right-click your photo, choose Format and change it’s size so it’s height is about 200 pixels. For each subsequent photo you insert, you can simply drag a corner to reduce the size down to that of this first photo.

Move the image up and away from the centre of the page because that’s where each new pasted image will be placed.

Make sure you unselect the image by clicking anywhere on the Publisher page so all is in readiness for the next image to be pasted.


Now return to Word. Do a couple of ENTERs to create some space and insert the next picture. Repeat the steps above to soften this photo’s edges and copy it with CTRL-C. Bring up Publisher and paste the image with CTRL-V. Remember to unselect this image before returning to Word.

The final step in Publisher

You can now arrange your soft-edged photos in the order you prefer by dragging them into position. Note that Publisher will help you out to either align by the top or bottom (a pink line appears as you drag in Publisher 2010).

You’ll see that you get a good effect if the colours at the edge of a photo roughly match the colours of the adjoining photo so you may want to swap them around for best effect. You can overlap your photos, too, so give this a try.


Use PowerPoint’s Select All to group all your photos. Select Align and make a choice to line them up either by top or bottom.

At this stage it’s a good idea to save your Publisher document.

With all the pictures selected, we now want to save our collection as a JPG image.


So go to File, Save As, choose a folder in Pictures (create a new one if you want to), click on Publisher Files to change the Save as type and scroll down to JPEG Interchange File Format and click this option. Now click Save to store your creation.




Crop in Live Photo Gallery


When you look at your header image in Live Photo Gallery you’ll find there’s a tonne of white space because Publisher saves the complete page as a JPG so you’ll need to crop out this white space. So double click the image to bring up Live Photo Gallery’s Edit menu, choose Crop and adjust the cropping tool to only select your photo collection. Click Crop – Apply crop to finish off.


Check the information pane to see the final dimensions of your header image (webDotWiz’s image measured 1600 x 340 pixels and that worked ok once uploaded to WordPress).

Upload your new header image in WordPress

Now load your WordPress site in Internet Explorer, log in, go to the Dashboard – Appearance and change your header image to your new one.

Other uses for Word’s picture tools

Your brain should be ticking over now and you’ve probably come up with other uses for Word’s picture tools. As well as Picture Effects, there’s a whole range of styles you can apply, and a range of different borders to apply.

Other options

You could spend some time learning some new tricks with Paint.NET to create a collage-style image using layers. Alternatively you could use AutoCollage as long as you have more than seven pictures and crop the final collage to create a new header image.

However the Word + Publisher combination is easy to use and produces the desired result without any head-scratching.

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