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  1. Make document sharing possible again without Sharepoint

    Somewhere since 2003 you removed the option to have multiple authors work on the same document. You can only do this now if you have sharepoint. We don't have sharepoint and w shouldn't have to.

    3 votes
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  2. Integration with Hemingway app.

    Microsoft should create or improve integration with the Hemingway app. This would greatly complement its grammar and readability checker. Alternatively, you could buy and integrate it.

    That being said, I would like to hear feedback regarding the algorithm Hemingway uses to measure readability.

    2 votes
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  3. Move Trust center options up one level

    When you click on the "Trust Center" option, it displays a bunch of static text, then a "Trust Center" button.

    Get rid of the button, and move the Trust Center dialog up into the Options Pain <sic>

    2 votes
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  4. enhance this site: make it easier to find the suggestion boxes for other office apps

    I assume / guess that there are similar forums for the other Office applications like Excel PowerPoint, Outlook etc.

    Please add links to these other areas. At the very least, a link to a "master" page where you can select the application you want to go to (like you can on the answers forum).

    3 votes
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  5. Reduce the number of levels in the user interface

    Even though you have introduced the "new and improved" (NOT!) Ribbon UI you have not made any significant changes to the number of levels to access features. You simply bolted that "new user only" UI on top of the old menu system of dialogs. The old menu dialogs were designed in the 1980s for VGA (640x480) resolution screens! Come on, it is the real world now, desktops regularly have HD 1920x1080 screen resolution. Sure the old resolution may still be appropriate for smartphones and 7" tablets, it is not reasonable for desktop computers!

    For example

    Home tab > Styles group…

    3 votes
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  6. Allow all error message boxes to be dissmissed by hitting any key.

    I use lots of macros and other functions via keyboard shortcuts. When an error occurs, Word puts up an error message that has to be dismissed by clicking "End" or hitting ALT+E before further work can be done. Error messages should disappear if I carry on typing.

    1 vote
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  7. find: when doing find next move "hit' from top/bottom of screen

    Currently (forever), when you do a "find next" or "previous" the found word is located at the very top or bottom of the screen. This hides the context.

    I would prefer that the hit be more centered on the screen. At least 2 or 3 lines from top/bottom of screen. One or more full paragraphs would be better.

    2 votes
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  8. I want to print the document but unfortunately could not do it. Why?

    I want to print the document but unfortunately could not do it. Why?

    4 votes
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  9. advanced find/replace: special Find/Replace options

    move the options on the Format and Special dropdowns directly onto the advanced Find and Replace tabs of the Advanced Find dialog.

    Screen sizes and resolution (therefore effective working space) have increased massively since the dialog was originally designed for VGA screens.

    Move these drop down options up on to the dialog as buttons / hyperlinks and/or check boxes.

    Same for the "Find In" dropdown's 2 options.

    3 votes
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  10. Add an option to resize the fonts in the navifation pane.

    It can be difficult to see the page numbers and fonts in the navigation pane. We need to be able to resize both the individual fonts, such as the numbers under the page images, and the images themselves so that we can move through our huge documents more easily.
    It would be great if we could magnify any part of the navigation pane with a mouse over. Thank you!

    5 votes
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  11. 4 votes
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  12. Table Border Display

    For tables that extend from one page to the next, I would like to show "table continued" by suppressing the bottom border on the first page and the top border on the succeeding page. There seems to be no way to do this except to split the table, which is very inconvenient, especially if the table position moves vertically.

    3 votes
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  13. Provide online downloads for all supported MSI versions

    Provide easy to find download access to all MSI installers. Up to recently, only if you knew where to look you could get installation files for Office 2007-2013 through the Digital River site. But, the average user had no idea to look there, so make it easy to find on MS web site. As well, recently DR re-organized their site and I don't know if we still have access to those old downloads.

    2 votes
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  14. More defaults, please -

    Especially for that extremely annoying checkbox, "Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style." I've been using Word for many years and I have not once checked that box. In fact I often forget to look at it. Default should be OFF.

    6 votes
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  15. Allow copying of all error messages in Word

    If I can't copy them (one at a time is sufficient) I can't easily communicate to an expert what Word is complaining about. Not good!

    4 votes
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  16. Allow me to view my encrypted file. Since it is mine.

    I keep passwords on a word file. Which is password protected. And it's kept on OneDrive. When I try to open it, either in Word online, or sometimes in Word desktop the pop-up says I can' do that. Wouldn't it be nice if I could read my file. That belongs to me.

    6 votes
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  17. Syntax check in fields

    In a field, it's easy to accidentally omit the \f, etc., or the ". Doing a syntax check is probably quite easy and would be helpful.

    3 votes
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  18. IMPORTANT: allow selection to be locked.

    Many many times I have carefully formatted a complex table only to find it messed up when the doc is read in. Badly needed is an operation which prevents any change to a selection.

    4 votes
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  19. Fewer modes and disappearing windows, please.

    A dialog window should remain up until the user dismisses it. The present way requires more clicks and selections than necessary.

    3 votes
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  20. The page cutoff always moves; should stay stationary.

    Whenever you try to see how many pages it is, the line always takes a moment to just stay and stop moving. There should be an option to show where the pages ends by showing it cut off and a continuation on the next page. This would help a lot when I'm using this for Humanities (Pre AP World History). Thank you so much for reading; this has been a great/astounding way for me to be able to complete my work without spending a dime!

    2 votes
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