Devon Island Expedition

Devon Island Expedition
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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Does Anyone Else Wonder About Microsoft?

Reluctantly, because it was offered to me free (since I am a professor at LSU), I "upgraded" my MS Office Suite to 2008. Then the fun began.

First, every time I hit a return in MS Word 2008, it double spaces for me. I could not for the life of me figure out how to make it stop. Finally, after searching on the internet, I found the solution was to edit the normal style settings. Why was something that was default Ok, "improved" for this version? Frustrating and silly. How about a little consistency?

Similarly, I am now stymied about the automatic link creation. In Office 2004, MS Word would create a hyperlink when one typed ".com" or similar ending. Now, I can't figure out how to make MS Word do it for it's 2008 version. Maddening. This time, an internet search was fruitless.

Does anyone have an answer for me? Oh, how I long for the days of MacWrite. I wrote my doctoral thesis using it and a Mac 1MB back in 1987!

Oh, and Office 2008 takes noticeably much longer to launch.

Leroy Chiao


Paolo Amoroso said...

I'm afraid I don't have an answer. But if you seek simplicity, and appreciate location independence, you may try some of the popular online office suites, such as Google Docs or Zoho.

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