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Creating a Microsoft Word 2008 Automator Workflow

The final Office 2008 example Automator workflow this week is for Microsoft Word. This workflow will retrieve a list of selected contacts in Address Book. It will then extract the name and address for each of those contacts, add it to a new Word document, apply bold formatting, and save the document to the desktop. You’ve now got a list of address labels, ready to be printed.

To build the workflow, locate the following actions in Automator, drag them to the workflow area, and configure them as shown. If you have any trouble, don’t worry. You can download the completed workflow here.

1. Get Selected Address Book Items (in the Contacts or Address Book category).

2. Get Contact Information (in the Contacts or Address Book category).

3. Create New Word Document (in the Documents or Microsoft Word category).

4. Apply Font Format Settings to Word Documents (in the Documents or Microsoft Word category).

5. Save Word Documents (in the Documents or Microsoft Word category).