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  1. 128 votes
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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Microsoft will NOT fix anything if it costs money - plain and simple. If there's profit involved, they'll fix it. I can't tell you how fed up I am with buggy software that's released by moron code writers who have no conception about human factors and who are manipulated by a money hungry idiotic management. Microsoft is king in this area. They simply don’t give a “you know what.”

    When the corporate world gets their collective heads out of Microsoft's backside and starts demanding quality software, then you’ll see changes. The trouble with Word is, it is mainly used by people who need to replace the typewriter (no insult intended). Microsoft Word is great for that. Problem is, when professionals want to use advanced features, Word is crap. My opinion: Word needs to be scrapped and built from the ground floor. This time, ask those who rely on the product for a living, what they need and how it should be designed for maximum usability.

    Lee Batchelor - Technical Writer and Technical Writing Instructor

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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    I really appreciate the volunteers who help with this forum.

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, it seems MS is only reviewing 2016 issues. The rest of us low-lives who are still using 2010 can drop dead. We'll never see any fixes to the numerous annoyances and bugs. For me, the entire Word program has turned to crap since 2003. MS totally wrecked a perfectly working product. Can you still use Word 2003 on a Windows 7, 64-bit machine? If so, where can I get a copy?

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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Agreed, Stephen. The Microsoft Manual of Style, Fourth Edition, recommends the format you describe. And yet, in true Microsoft fashion, they don't provide a way to conform to their own style guide. The left hand nerds don't know what the right hand nerds are doing.

  4. 29 votes
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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    At least we know MS will do absolutely nothing about it unless you're talking about Word 2016, and even then, they only look at a small percentage of issues.

    The rest of us are wasting our time bitching about crappy code in any earlier versions. I don't know why they don't just rename this forum to: "How can we improve Word 2016 for Windows? The rest of you are screwed because we don't care and already have your money, so get lost!"

    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Agreed, Jan!!!!!!!!

    Have you ever wondered why when you make changes to a numbered style through the Modify Styles dialog box, the damn indents don't stick?? That's basic code for crap sake. Common MS address this NOW!!!! Either your code writers are thick or just don't care. We're not asking for a fix to a bug that occurs once every billion times Word is opened. This is as common a tool as the bold font! Get on with it!

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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    If you want this feature to be fixed for any version other than 2016, you're screwed. All suggestions for fixes to versions before 2016 are being totally ignored. That is, I was led to believe the 2010 users (for example) may see some bug fix patches. Wrong! Nobody at MS is going to fix a 6 year old piece of software--there's no money in it.

    For the record Stephen,I fully agree. Let us specify which fonts we want visible. Isn't there some sort of registry hack we can do?? :-)

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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Glad I got someone's attention. MS isn't reacting to any of the Word 2010 suggestions for bug fixes. I enjoyed reading your post, Matthew. And yes, I'm well aware of the two lesser programs--although Notepad++ is far better.

    My point is (was?), MS is asking for user input. If the input is strictly for the purposes of cleaning up old programs that are riddled with bugs so they can produce a smooth and trouble-free product, then great. I was under the impression they were going to address some of the bugs in the older software. I was given that that impression by those who pointed me toward this forum--MS MVPs.

    When I say "pro" and "non-pro" Word versions, the non-pro version would be suitable for those who must simply replace the good old typewriter. For that, Word Pad is inadequate. I suggest a lesser version of Word. For professional use, sell us a professional level version, BUT ask us what needs to be fixed!! Perhaps that's the point of this forum. I'm just pissed because I'm stuck with a version for which I paid good money and will never see fixed.

    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    I can't believe no one has nothing to say about this post!!!! Wake up people. Your complacency allows MS to make millions while you spend hours trying to tolerate their crappy software. They think they're are as invincible as General Motors. Have you seen Detroit lately??

    I ask you, how many Word 2010 suggestions are under review? Oh wait, there's no profit in fixing older, broken software. Sorry...how could I even think that MS would fix their buggy software. Me bad.

    MS keep up the good work..........NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1 comment  ·  Word for Windows (Desktop Application)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Agreed Stephen. I believe such dialog boxes are called, "non-modal." They stay in place until you have made all your changes, instead of that annoying flashing.

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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Yes! It wold save a lot of song and dance routines between selected text and clicking in the Ribbon! For example, the italic font selection is completely useless in the Mini Toolbar, unless you're doing a lot of math formulas or book titles. Other than those few times, you should never use it. Even then, it could be assignable through the Options area. Imagine being able to assign five or six styles to it??!! Come on, MS..is it here yet??!!

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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    I would pay good money to have the original Word 2003 program that works with all the new operating systems. I'm an advanced level user, and it had everything I needed. The graphics engine sucks in the newer versions. There's plenty of third party programs that fill the gap.MS needs to cut all the crap and start thinking about its clients' needs!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The same thing is happening to websites. The coding nerds can put virtually anything into a website, but they never stop to ask, "Should we?" No, they just fill every website with so much garbage, they forget what they were hired for!!

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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Here, here, Liz!! I agree. Remember what Mr. Scott said on Star Trek III? Even if you're not a Treky, he said, "The more they tinker with the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain."

    Truer words were never spoken. MS, dump all the fancy crap and go back to the efficient Word 2003!!!!!!!!!!! It worked.

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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Good answers, but it is still EXTREMELY convoluted.

    The entire styles architecture needs to be overhauled. It seems every time I open a document from someone else, the Quick Style gallery is loaded with default styles from Mr. Gates. Why must I go through this convoluted procedure EVERY time?? Crap--it takes three minutes to perform what Suzanne suggests but only 30 seconds to peruse the document, and then the changes don't stick for the next document! I hate the entire styles display concept--way over-complicated!!!

    As someone else mentioned earlier, "MS needs to start listening to customers." I know that's what this forum is all about, but I'm starting to see hundreds of valid suggestions but very little implementation!

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    1 comment  ·  Word for Windows (Desktop Application)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    When I edit a table, half my QAT icons get buried so that I need to use the double right hand "More controls" arrow to expose the remaining icons. Why? The Table tab should move over.

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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Thanks Suzanne! Didn't see that. You're the best :).

    - Lee

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    1 comment  ·  Word for Windows (Desktop Application)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Agreed Lisa!

    The MS Manual of Style, Fourth Edition specifies that we should do just that, and yet there is no way to do it efficiently. As per usual at MS, the left hand nerds don't know what the right hand nerds are doing!

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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Agreed, Hanne. The default action should be to force the text tight to the top margin.

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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Two spaces at the end of a sentence were required in the days of the typewriter because all the hammers were the same width, and the result was inadequate space between the period and the start of the next sentence. All modern day word processors account for this and add the required space. This is one thing MS got right!

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    Lee Batchelor commented  · 

    Agreed, Jim. In 2007, I could place several shapes on a page (without the Canvas), and then select them all by drawing a box around them. Now with 2010, I can't select multiple shapes without using the Control button--I must place all the shapes in a Canvas, which has several bugs of its own.

    MS needs to start listening to their users. I suppose that's what this forum is all about :).

    - Lee

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