Karilyn wrote:My complaint isn't a single one, but rather the ten million things that Microsoft Office does which are not what I told it to do. I do not like it when a programmer thinks it's funny to be deliberately obstinate. Someone else a few posts up gave another excellent example; the fact that Microsoft Office insists on capitalizing the first letter of every line. Yes, because pressing the shift key is so hard that I obviously must have made a "mistake". Just like I made a "mistake" the last 10 times I did it, you corrected me, and I went back and had to manually edit it to undo it. Drastically increasing the time it takes to complete my task, reducing 90 words a minute to what? Maybe 15-20? After you count in all the manual un-formating.
It seems a reasonable default to me; in most cases you do want the first letter of a sentence to be capitalised. If you don't like this, go to Options, Proofing, AutoCorrect Options and uncheck "Capitalize first letter of sentences". Furthermore, every time you correct it (at least in v2007) you have a drop down menu right there at the change with the three choices: undo this change only, stop auto-capitalising, or open the AutoCorrect settings. So it's not hard at all to stop this being a problem.
Or maybe the whole automatically formating web addresses into HTML links. Yeah, last I checked, blue text and underlines for web addresses are not MLA format.
Again, go to the AutoCorrect options, "AutoFormat As You Type" tab, in the "Replace as you type" section uncheck "Internet and network paths with hyperlinks". And again, when you go to undo the change you have the three options of undoing this change only, stop making this change, or open the settings dialog.
Or maybe the fact that it aggressively refuses to let you highlight/underline/bold/whatever anything other than whole words. Maybe I only want to modify a portion of a word. That's probably why I'm aggressively trying to pixel perfectly select only a portion of the word like I would in any other program.
Any other program? Really? Perhaps you should try a few other programs more carefully. And examine the behaviour in Word more carefully. But before I get into that, I should point out: Options, Advanced, "When editing, automatically select entire word".
The default behaviour in Word is in fact to allow selections from the middle of a word, unless you go into another word; then it switches to whole-word selection mode. And even then, if you go back into the original word it reverts to letter-based selection and stays that way until you finish selecting. So if you want to select from the middle of a word through to halfway into the next paragraph, all you have to do is start selecting where you want, drag to the next word, drag back to the first word, drag to the end of your desired selection. It might not be completely intuitive, but it's not a bad way to allow letter-based selection when the default is word-based selection. Of course, if you usually don't want to use word-based selection, you should just turn it off in the options.
I am not, despite this post, an MS Office fanboy. I have posted rants in other fora about how horrible the Office 2007 interface is. (Fun fact for those of you with Word 2007: If you turn up your mouse double-click speed to the highest setting, and try to get a new document with "New" and then double-clicking on the template image, you have to double-click far
faster than the system double-click speed for it to register - it's virtually impossible to get it to work, at least for me. Slower double-click settings work OK.) But if you're going to complain about the program, complain about behaviour that you can't easily alter with a few clicks in the Options dialog.