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Top N reasons why I hate Word

Bert Bates
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I'll start:

N - 0: Word persists in trying to "help" me. (I'll tel you what Microsoft - when I want your help, I'll ask for it.)

N - 1: Uses more RAM than many weather simulators.

N - 2: ...


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#2: Like all Microsoft software, you can't find help on a topic unless you know the (always bizarre) nomenclature used for that topic -- which is never, for me, anyway

#3: If you do manage to find the help topic, it's "happy path" help: it only tells you how to do exactly what they want you to do, never what to do if your requirements are vaguely different

#4: Key assignments chosen by epsilon sub-morons

#5: You can never select just what you want, or paste just where you want; Word always makes little "adjustments" because it thinks it knows better than you

#6: Default document templates designed by psychotic wombats


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7.0) The template is applied. Oh, wait... Now it's not applied. In fact, now I can't apply the template no matter what I try.

8.0) "I accepted those changes." "No, you didn't." "Yes, I did." "No..."

9.0) Word can't keep its outline numbering straight (changes numbering format, restarts the numbering where you don't want it to while refusing to restart where you really want to, etc.).

10.0) You want tabs with that numbering? Oh, too bad.

11.0) "The document is corrupt."


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The worst is when you keep pressing 'Enter' and the damb thing just wont give you a break. Thats when you hold down the Enter key for a few seconds thinking this oughta send the message, but then the progress bar at the bottom gets going locking up the computer for a while and suddenly you've gone down 15 pages and somehow word decided that you also want to print those 15 blank pages and you cant stop now because its still holding the lock so you end up waiting indefinitely only to start with the whole procedure again. But hey that little dancing paper clip thingie is cute!


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12 - The whole More is more philosophy

13 - "I'm in a weird state that you've never seen before and nothing you do short of closing me down will change it. By the way, Quit is disabled."

14 - This program has performed an illegal operation...

15 - You want that capitalized? Too bad. You want that lowercase? Too bad. You turned on the option that tells me to leave things alone? Too bad.

16 - "I highlighted this word in yellow for you". Why? "Oh, I can't tell you that"

16.5 - "I can't run that template macro for you... it was written on Windows. The commands for the Mac version are different."

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17: The paper clip.
Use Headphones, contains naughty words!
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Originally posted by Ben Souther:
The paper clip.
Thanks! I needed that!
[ December 11, 2007: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
12 - The whole More is more philosophy...

Aerodynamics? Bah! Any rock can fly if you put a big enough engine on it.

(This also applies to Bert's observation about RAM.)
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Clippit


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18. There simply can not be a good reason why don't want everything indented exactly the same!


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Speak of the devil... I just received a note at work saying that we're getting an MS Office update this week. If it's anything like the last "update," that means nothing will work.
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19.0) Those floating toolbars on the Mac version.
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20: Despite the fact that it's proprietary, expensive, and platform dependent, many companies insist that resumes be handed in in Word format.
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Forget Word and switch to DocBook


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20. Indents and Bullets and Numbering... too much for me.
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#21 - That the saved files are so much larger than they need to be.


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Originally posted by Darya Akbari:
Forget Word and switch to DocBook
Would anyone be using Word if they didn't have to?

When I have a choice, i use Pages, which rocks.
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#22 - The fact that it is called Word. You know, most of the time I type more than one word.


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#23, after years, if not decades of use, and millions of files in the old format, Word changes both the UI and the file format in Word 2007.

How do you add a column to an existing table? Dunno, can't find it in the new Word.

BTW: the only reason to use Word over Open Office is that OO had a different UI, now that Word 2007 has a new UI, its less work to learn OO than learn W07.
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    Originally posted by Ben Souther:
    17: The paper clip.

    [ December 11, 2007: Message edited by: Ben Souther ]


    Ben -

    Thanks for the hilarious video. Could you however please let folks know that earphones are probably necessary while viewing it? Tried to send you a PM, but it looks like your mail box is full.

    thanks,
    - Anand


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    Good point, I added a note.
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    Originally posted by marc weber:
    19.0) Those floating toolbars on the Mac version.

    19.1) Why can't I add the dropdown border selection menu to my custom toolbar on the Mac version? It's on the regular formatting toolbar, but I can't find the option for customizing. (Only the individual selections: top, bottom, left, etc.)

    19.2) The constantly shifting window on the Mac version. Why can't it stay where I put it? And why can't it remember its size?
    marc weber
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    Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
    Would anyone be using Word if they didn't have to?

    When I have a choice, i use Pages, which rocks.

    I've been curious to try Pages.

    Honestly, on the Mac, my first choice is usually TextEdit over Word. Imagine that. A "simple" text editor. Well, it's got spell check, is integrated with Mac's excellent Dictionary app, and it doesn't mess with me.
    Darya Akbari
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    Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
    Would anyone be using Word if they didn't have to?

    When I have a choice, i use Pages, which rocks.


    That's what most are doing . They don't have to but they do. Maybe the reason is that setting up something else than Word like DocBook is also not trivial.
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    Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
    When I have a choice, i use Pages, which rocks.


    I'm a Mellel man myself, but I've never seen Pages so I don't know how they compare. Mellel does have good Word import and RTF import/export facilities, so Word interop is not much of a concern.


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    24) You copy something from somewhere else, not Word, where the text/font is in Courier, and when you paste it into a new document, the font is changed to Times New Roman.

    25) You accidently copy some bolded text from an outside source, and paste it into you document, but you don't want it bolded, so you select the text, or backspace to re-write it, and everytime you type in a new letter it is bolded, even if you clicked the "B" toolbar button to turn of bolding

    26) You can't get rid of that last stupid "P" paragraph mark.

    27) You can't fix the indentation of paragraphs that you had already written, and everytime you backspace or make attempts at fixing this, it mocks you and changes it in ways you just don't want.

    Mark

    p.s. One reason why I had loved Word before. Word Art.


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    Originally posted by Fred Rosenberger:
    Clippit

    A very evil prank (work safe - no worries)


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    x.0) "Lite" versions of drop-down menus that don't show all the options until you click on the "more" arrow or give Word enough time to figure out that you're not seeing what you want.
     
    It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
     
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