Gary from Bayshore, Long Island writes in:
I upgraded to Microsoft Word 2007 last month, and the new design has confused me. All the menus have changed, and now I can’t find page setup to create an envelope. Help! Are you familiar with Word 2007?
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Thanks for writing, Gary. I’ve had Word 2007 since March 2007, just three months after its retail release in January 2007, and I know what you mean about the “new look”. I was confused, too, and I actually hated it for a couple of months, but I eventually caught on.
The new design of the Office 2007 products (Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, Outlook, etc.) was intended to reveal useful features that were “buried” in previous versions. The toolbars are replaced with “the ribbon”. The “menus” are replaced by “tabs”. As you click the labeled tabs, the ribbon buttons change. So a task that may have required 4 or 5 clicks to get to, can now be accessed in 1 or 2 clicks.
As for your question on setting up envelopes. Just as before there are two ways to setup an envelope. You can use either the “Envelopes tool” which is useful for printing a single envelope. Or you can use “Page Setup” which is useful for printing more than one envelope. I’m with you, Gary, I prefer using Page Setup, too, even though it can be a bit more complicated, but once you know how to do it, it’s easy enough.
The page setup routine of prior versions has changed in Word 2007, but it’s so much easier once you figure it out. Here’s what to do:
- Start Word 2007 (of course).
- Click the “Page Layout” tab. On the ribbon:
- Click “Size” and “Envelope 10” (or another size if needed)
- Click “Orientation”, then “Landscape”
- Click “Margins”, then “Narrow”
- Click the “View” tab. On the ribbon click “Print Layout” and “One Page”.
And that’s it! You should be able to type up your envelope from there in the usual way.
Once you setup your envelope, you can save it for later use, and you can quickly print it out by using the combination CTRL + P on your keyboard.
Thanks again for your question, Gary.
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