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Editing a wiki page using Word

some textYou can edit a wiki page using Microsoft Word under Windows or using NeoOffice, the implementation of OpenOffice on Mac OS X. On a Mac you will need to use the Firefox browser.

To do this on WTS or Myriad, you need to use Firefox - it does not work using IE version 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:

  1. Click the small "W" Word icon at the top-right of the page.
  2. The first time you do this, you are warned "A plugin is required to use this feature. Woudl 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.

After the plugin is installed, simply clicking the "W" icon will cause Microsoft Word to be launched. You will need 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 resfresj your web browser view to see the changes.

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 this, you need to remove the file association in the plugin's settings. Go to Tools -> WebDAV Launcher Options, select the file association, delete it and click "Save".