Provide an option to disable the "Welcome Back!" pop-up, or make it non-modal
When opening a Word document I'm presented with a "Welcome Back!" pop-up that lets me move to my last reading position. Though I've never wanted to use this feature, I have no problem with it.
Or rather--I would have no problem with it if it weren't input-blocking. I have to wait for the pop-up to disappear before I can type anything.
This may sound inconsequential, but I have some Word documents with reference material, and I'm frequently opening them for as quick a lookup as I can manage. As soon as I open them I hit Ctrl-F to search. My input is rejected, then I end up typing my search term into the document on accident. Then when I have control of the app again and can search, something funny has happened to focus, so search doesn't take me to the results it finds if I hit Enter. To make that work I have to click in the document's body again, then search again.
A quick Bing search on this term will find lots of other people who want to disable this feature. Word is a wonderful tool. Nothing about it has irked me like this glitch since... well, it's a cliche, but since Clippy.
Please either give us the option to disable this feature, or make it non-modal/non-blocking. I can't think of a reason why this potentially helpful notification should take over my session and prevent user input, albeit briefly.
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Jan Boersma commented
Maybe some people like it. But what is really irritating, is the fact that I have to wait till the message is gone, before I can edit the file, or perform a search, or whatever. And I am working fast, fast, fast...
Bart Denison commented
Please get rid of this stupid feature. Whoever decided it was a good idea should be removed from decision making responsibilities.
Horrible! "Pick Up Where You Left Off" is just another feature where the program second-guesses the user. Then we, the users, have to third-guess the program. Why does Windows impose features like this on us? If Windows wants to intrude in our lives, why can't they make it optional?
Richard Conn Henry commented
Absolutely sickening. I had to finally abandon word 2011 and today bought word 2019 for Mac. Even purchasing it was clumsy and annoying. But I was so pleased when I opened the document that had been screwed up by 2011 and it was back to being perfect! Joy. But then I closed and reopened and a totally moronic 'welcome back' stuck its miserable nose in my business. I searched the internet to find how to get rid of it ... and you know the rest all too well.
A-Friggin men to everything listed here - you've done some annoying things in the past, but they can usually be shut off - this welcome back feature, as far as i've been able to find can't be. Please allow the USER to be able to say whether or not they want a feature.
Completely agreed! This is so aggravating when I could have typed Alt-E-F, found what I wanted in the doc, and closed it before in the time it takes for the da*n pop-up to fade.
Paul Holister commented
I totally endorse this request - this 'feature' drives me crazy and there's always shift-F5 to jump to where you last were.
Daniel Richards commented
It's not a feature, it's a bug!
I do not want staff in my office making registry edits. It should be a user preference, listed somewhere under Word Options.
Who signs off on silly ideas like this? Maybe time would be better spent fixing the page number bug that was first reported in Word 6 and is still there today rather than alienating your users with unwanted features that break accessibility tools and can't be turned off?
Danley Wolfe commented
Get rid of this feature ... It amazes me to think that MSFT, Google, Apple think that we are all fffing idiots and need to be led by the hand on everything. I turn off every fffing thing like this ... please someone tell me how to turn it off. Geeeeeez Louise, for godsake. Irritating, annoying, unnecessary ... stop it already.
I disable this on my Microsoft Word for Mac (15.14) by disabling my Internet connection before opening the document.
Please get rid of this annoying message, please, please, please…………
As others have said, please, please make this an option. I'm in and out of Word documents all day long and this is a nuisance. I shouldn't have to hack permissions in my registry to make this go away.
Samuel Martin commented
I don't even use a bookmark when I'm reading in print, and I sure as heck don't want my text-editing software calling my attention to anything ever. Please give an easy on/off switch in preferences, or —totally wild suggestion here : give the option to turn it off with a right click on it ? Sheesh.
To avoid a re-run of the SDI/MDI cry-fest in Excel, the one lesson MS should learn is: whenever possible make features (such as this one) a user preference. I like it. Many others obviously don't. Allow the choice and then everyone is happy.
love it, saves time but should be a on/off mode
agreed whole-heartedly, and for exactly the same reasons!!
There seem to be registry hacks out there to disable it, but I'd rather not do that.
Why can't there simply be an option in "Options" to accomplish this - Disable.
Absolutely effing irritating beyond reason. I would only be reiterating most of the other comments but seriously why would you not have an option to disable this? It should be obvious that as an office (by which I mean a physical workplace) requirement for a lot of workers, people are in and out of Word day in day out; as opposed to once or twice a month wanting desperately more than anything to be reminded where they can pick up where they left off!
By the way it is illegal to request an email and use it for marketing after users have already made use of a service, or without giving the option not to give the email. You need to get up to speed with the GDPR - you know the biggest change to Data Protection Laws in decades!!!
100% that anything that interferes with a screenreader should default to OFF.
I create accessible Word versions of large documents and the last thing I want is all my hard work to be defeated for the end user by this.