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  1. History of saved documents

    Allow for Word to save up to, say, 3-5 recent drafts of a document to allow for a more complete recovery should the latest draft be lost. Now, there is an auto-recovery function, but it's only temporary; it goes away after a document is selected for permanent saving. I would like the 3-5 most recent saves to be kept permanently available.

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    • make a lined paper template.

      make a lined paper template. you should not be able to move or delete the lines. it should be just like writing on notebook paper.

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      • if u please add an over line option

        if u please add an over line option in fonts box just like as under line option

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        • Word should reopen the set of windows I have open, when I close it

          I often work on a set of documents. I would like to be able to automatically open the same set of windows in the same positions with all documents at the positions where I last edited them.Exactly the same function is available in Outlook when you close a set of windows - great help there.

          2 votes
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          • bring back word 2003

            for someone who started with Professional Write in the late 80s and took up Word when it came out sometime in the late 90s, I watched it grow to a great system, but when they changed the basic layout - with 2010 or 13 - I put it off as long as possible. I now have Word 2003 and 2013 on my computer and I do everything I can to not use 2013. If I have 2003 open, it will open all files in 2003. But if I forget and don't have it open, it will open a word file…

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            • Quick access to caption cross-references

              I tipically write documents containing several tens of figures and tables, hence I have to create a huge number of captions and insert their relevant cross references. It takes too many clicks to do it, and if you multiply it for one or even two hundreds, it means a lot of wasted minutes.
              My suggestion is the following: After copying my figure's capture, rightclicking in the document, the pop up window allows to paste the cross reference of that caption. In addition, rightclicking the cross reference, it allows to change it as “Only label and number”, “Entire Caption” or whateverelse.

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              • Stop re-opening minimized windows

                I work for the government. WE CANNOT CHANGE THE REGISTRY IN OUR COMPUTERS. I use Apple at home because Microsoft is a JOKE. This needs to be fixed by the less than intelligent creators. I have zero personal windows or microsoft at home because they are a terrible company with even worse customer service. (otherwise this would have been fixed years ago, but they aren't smart enough to fix it)

                3 votes
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                • Merriam-Webster dictonary

                  Merriam-Webster dictionary available to check spelling and meaning.

                  4 votes
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                  • Office 2016/2019/365 themes are simply awful. Bring back user customization

                    The Office 365/Office 2019 themes are simply awful. Comments from users at my manufacturing company...

                    ... "Black" looks like a high contrast theme for the visually impaired
                    ... "White" is too bright and strains my eyes after a few hours
                    ... "Colorful" isn't colorful. It's just the white theme with a colored header
                    ... "Dark Grey" is drab and depressing... like a cold, dark, winter day

                    Why did Microsoft remove the user's ability to customize colors? The only excuse (a lame one, at best) might be to eliminate some security vulnerability, but are color customization settings like we had in…

                    3 votes
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                    • Fix the long-standing issue with if..then..else in Word footer

                      In Word footer if an "If...then...Else" check is present, it wont automatically update as the document changes. For example, if there is an ‘IF THEN ELSE STATEMENT’ in the footer which commands Word to display a certain string only if the page number {PAGE} is not equal to the number of pages {NUMPAGES}, this will not show the string without going to print preview or without switching between merge code view and "Preview results" view (ALT + F9).

                      sample code in footer -

                      i.e.
                      IF {PAGE} = {NUMPAGES} “” “

                      Signature of witness"

                      Please fix this issue so that the…

                      105 votes
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                      • go **** your self

                        go **** ye self u don't deserve to own such a good device like an x box

                        3 votes
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                        • Lists of symbols + symbols search

                          I find that I used lots of symbols and that the 'frequently used' list isn't sufficient. While comprehensive, the index of symbols is very unwieldy to search through. Thus, I have 2 suggestions:
                          1) Add functionality for me to save my own "lists" of symbols. That way, once I find the symbol I'm looking for, I can quickly find it again even months later.
                          2) Add the ability to 'search' for symbols within Word. I'm thinking of Excel's formula suggestions when you use the 'Insert Function' tool. Essentially, it'd be a search bar for me to type what the symbol…

                          11 votes
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                          • I think scroll bars could be wider and easier to see, not hidden sometimes.

                            I think scroll bars could be wider and easier to see, not hidden sometimes.

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                            • Comment numbering

                              Bring Comment numbering back in print view. Stop trying to innovate away from practicality. Word is interpreting user ID to create initials and getting it wrong for enterprises with lastname, firstname protocols.

                              7 votes
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                              • Semi-Automatic placement of Hole Punch/Document Binding holes

                                A document formatting option where you can turn on and off a greyed out circle or section that denotes where hole punches would be punched (option to change between 2 holes, 4 holes, custom spacing etc) Or where document binding rings might destroy the legibility of the document.

                                3 votes
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                                • 2 votes
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                                  • Give us the option to go back to previous versions of Word

                                    It's seriously annoying when it changes completely and makes it infuriating to use. I finally turned off auto updates, but not being able to revert back to an older version is just annoying.

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Don't "jump to style" in Style Gallery based on cursor location in doc

                                      With the implementation of Version 1808 (Build 10730.20088) in Office 365, Style Gallery behaviour has changed. It used to be that the current style (ie, the style represented by cursor location) was highlighted in the Style Gallery, but the Style Gallery did not change position to make that obvious. Now the Style Gallery continually jumps all over as your cursor is moved around in the doc.
                                      For those of us with inner ear issues, this peripheral vision flickering behaviour actually manifests itself in physical nausea. I would imagine that people with epilepsy could also be adversely affected by the constant…

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Mac's Focus Mode is apparently in Windows Word 2019. Why isn't it in Word 365?

                                        Mac's Focus Mode is apparently in Word 2019. Why isn't it in Word 365? I've wanted this feature for a long time and I was happy to see it show up in the new Word 2019 because I assumed that meant it was coming to Word 365, but it hasn't.

                                        Can you please bring Focus Mode to Word 365? Please!

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Correct 2019 calendar template

                                          On the 2019 annual calendar template (the Sun-Sat, bird one), the dates in month of March are incorrect. You may want to double-check the other templates as well.

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