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You can edit a wiki page using Microsoft Word under Windows, or using NeoOffice, the implementation of OpenOffice on Mac OS X.

WindowsPC:

  • Firefox will prompt you to install the WebDAV Launcher extension as described below. Note: The connector is not compatible with Firefox 3.6.*, so you must use the IETab plugin available here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419/
  • With Internet Explorer, an ActiveX component needs to be installed, so you may need to relax the security settings in the Internet Options to allow this.

MacMacintosh:

  • You will need to use the Firefox browser - the Office Connector does not work with Safari.

To do this use the office connector on WTS or Myriad, you need to use Firefox - it does not work using IE version with Internet Explorer 6. Before being able to use Word, the WebDAV Firefox extension needs to be installed so that the edited wiki page can be written back to the server. You are prompted to install the extension the first time you try to edit a page. The steps are

How to install the Firefox plugin:

  1. Click the small "W" Word icon at the top-on Tools > Edit in Word (top, right of the page.)
  2. The first time you do this, you are warned "A plugin is required to use this feature. Would you like to download it?". Click "Yes".
  3. You will then probably be warned "Firefox prevented this site (wiki.ucl.ac.uk) from asking you to install software on your computer". This is a security warning and may be overriden by clicking the "Edit Options" button and then allowing wiki.ucl.ac.uk to install the add-on. You then need to click the "W" again to download the WebDAV Launcher extension.
  4. Click "Install Now" and then "Restart Firefox" to complete the installation.

How to edit your pages in Word:

After the plugin is installed, simply clicking the "W" icon Tools > Edit in Word will cause Microsoft Word to be launched. You have to enter your UCL userid and password so that the edited page can be written back. When you have finished editing, simply click "Save" to save the new version back to the wiki server. You will need to refresh your web browser view to see the changes (click F5 or the refresh icon at the top of the browser).

WTS & Myriad Users

A warning to people who use both WTS and Myriad systems: if you install the plugin under WTS it will not immediately work on Myriad, and vice versa. This is because the path to the Word application differs on the two systems. To get round around this, you need to remove the file association in the plugin's settings when you switch systems. Go to Tools -> WebDAV Launcher Options, select the file association, delete it and click "Save".