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  • Published:
    December 22, 2010
  • Languages:
  • Audiences:
    Information workers
  • Technology:
    2007 Microsoft Office system
  • Credit toward certification:

Word 2007 Expert

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Skills measured

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Create and modify advanced document types (15–20%)
  • Create a mail merge document
    • Create a new recipient list, select recipients from Outlook contacts, and conditional mail merge
  • Create and manage master documents
    • Convert a document to a master document, convert an outline to a master document, import subdocuments, and manage subdocuments
  • Create forms
    • Create forms using fields, create forms using content controls, and protect forms

Preparation resources

Customize Word 2007 (10–15%)
  • Customize the Quick Access Toolbar
    • Add commands not in the ribbon, add separators, and reorganize commands
  • Change default save options
    • File formats and file locations
  • Assign keyboard shortcuts
    • Assign keyboard shortcuts to an existing macro, a style, a symbol, or autotext
  • Manage building blocks
    • Distribute building blocks for reuse and create a custom building block

Preparation resources

Manage styles and templates (10–15%)
  • Manage styles
    • Update style based on selected text, copy styles from one document or template to another, and set outline levels for styles
  • Manage style sets
    • Create a custom style set, save a custom style set, and modify an existing style set
  • Manage multilevel lists
    • Create a multilevel list, link styles to a multilevel list, modify an existing multilevel list, and define a new number format
  • Manage templates
    • Attach a global template, attach a local template, automatically update styles using an attached template, save style changes to the attached template, and save gallery changes to the attached template

Preparation resources

Manage data objects and automation (10–15%)
  • Manage objects
    • Create an object, embed an existing object, link to an existing object, and display as icon
  • Manage XML
    • View XML tags, move text with XML tags, validate a document against an XML schema, and attach a custom XML schema
  • Record and edit a macro
    • Record a macro in a document, record a macro in a template, insert a breakpoint, step through a macro, and change actions in a macro
  • Manage an existing macro
    • Move macros between documents (copy a macro, rename a copied macro, import a macro, export a macro) and configure macro security (digitally sign a macro, macro security levels)

Preparation resources

Manage fields and references (10–15%)
  • Create a custom TOC
    • Include or exclude specific levels, include or exclude specific styles, and modify the TOC properties
  • Insert cross-references within a document
    • Insert reference to a document element, insert a specific type of reference, and insert above/below reference
  • Manage fields
    • Update all fields in a document, convert all fields of a document to text, create a custom field by using modifiers and switches, change the display format of a data field (switches), associate properties in the Document Information Panel, and create a custom document property field
  • Create object captioning
    • Autocaption different object types (numbering, position) and create a custom label (numbering, position)

Preparation resources

Manage content (15–20%)
  • Manage visual content
    • Create a custom watermark, and insert and modify a SmartArt graphic (modify a SmartArt graphic layout, convert a list to a SmartArt graphic)
  • Manage table properties
    • Repeat a header row on subsequent pages, allow a row to break across pages, and wrap text around a table
  • Apply paste options
    • Set default paste options and apply paste options for text, tables, graphics, and lists
  • Find and replace content
    • Find and replace content by format, use special characters, and use wildcards

Preparation resources

Manage documents (15–20%)
  • Embed fonts
    • Embed fonts on the current document, all new documents, all characters, or characters in use
  • Apply variable formatting by using sections
    • Restart page numbering with a different number format, link and unlink headers and footers, change page orientation, change page size and margins, and apply advanced page setup options (automatically align content vertically on a page, add line numbering)
  • Restrict formatting and editing
    • Restrict editing to selected parts of a document, limit formatting to specific styles, allow only specific types of editing, and allow per-user document permissions
  • Recover documents
    • Open and Repair, recover text from any file, and locate the autorecover file (.asd file)
  • Combine multiple documents
    • Insert file option and Insert objects

Preparation resources

Who should take this exam?

This exam was designed for expert users of Microsoft Office Word 2007 who have the equivalent of more than one year of hands-on experience efficiently creating, distributing, and managing Office Word 2007 documents. Candidates should be experts in document and content management and in advanced formatting. Candidates might have the role of project manager, writer, editor, or desktop publishing expert. Candidates are the known experts in their organizations for Office Word 2007.

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