Archive for the 'Microsoft' Category

Disappearing cursor in Microsoft Word 2011: Affects .doc documents only?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 • 10:31 am

For years, I have been complaining about the I-beam cursor disappearing in Microsoft Word during text navigation: “Word 2004: New bug with blinking I-beam cursor” (June 19, 2004) “Word 2004: More on disappearing I-beam cursor” (June 28, 2004) “Word 2008: The case of the disappearing cursor” (July 13, 2009) “Word 2011: Disappearing cursor” (March 7, […]

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Word 2011: Use Keyboard Maestro to fix command-G madness

Monday, November 18th, 2013 • 4:50 pm

I have finally had enough. Word 2011 might be highly customizable (compared to Pages ’09, for example), but there are still behaviours that are completely non-sensical and cannot be altered. One of my pet peeves is the non-standard use of the command-G shortcut. In most OS X applications, it means “Find Next”. In MS Word, it […]

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Word 2011: Issue with text selection in right-aligned table cells

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 • 10:21 am

In Word 2011, if you have a table with cells where the text alignment setting is “Align Text Left”, and if your cell in empty, when the cell is selected, the selection highlighting and the mouse pointer look like this: If you then click once anywhere in the cell, Word 2011 deselects the empty cell […]

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Pages ’09: ‘The file format is invalid’

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 • 4:15 pm

Ever got this error when you tried to open a Word document in Pages ’09? I just did, and I now know why. See, Microsoft Word users in general and Windows users in particular are so confused about file extensions, and Microsoft’s user interface for dealing with file extensions is so confusing, that sometimes they do […]

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Word 2011: Why does word selection still select the trailing space?

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 • 10:11 am

In Microsoft Word, there is a myriad of inconsistencies, behaviours that don’t make sense and are simply the way they are because they have always been that way and nobody at Microsoft bothers to use his or her brains to think about whether these things still make sense today. Take, for example, what happens when […]

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Word 2011: Header formatting madness (part III)

Sunday, May 5th, 2013 • 8:30 am

I have received more feedback about the issue with character-level formatting in the header of a Word document that I was working on the other day. Yesterday, I indicated that the problem had to do with the fact that the text in the header, even though it didn’t look any different from regular text, was […]

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Word 2011: Header formatting madness (continued)

Saturday, May 4th, 2013 • 9:43 am

I now have a partial explanation for the mad behaviour of the header text in a Word document that I described in a post yesterday. A reader has written to indicate that he believes the text in the header in that document is not actually regular text typed by the user, but a reference to […]

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Word 2011: Header formatting madness

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 • 10:17 am

Here’s the situation. I have an existing Microsoft Word document with a header that contains some text: I want to edit that header and replace the existing text with some text that contains a portion in superscript, like “July 4th” with the “th” in superscript. So I type the text and select the “th” portion: […]

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Brent Simmons on Microsoft

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 • 4:30 pm

While I have a lot of respect for Brent Simmons as the developer behind NetNewsWire (although he sold it several years ago, and things have ground down to an ominous standstill since), I am afraid his latest column for Macworld is directly in line with everything that has ever been written in Macworld about Microsoft […]

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Word 2011: Window status bar turns black

Monday, March 25th, 2013 • 4:23 pm

What is wrong with this picture? Well, I think it’s rather obvious: the document window’s status bar (or whatever it’s called in Microsoft parlance) is a big blob of solid black instead of displaying the various bits of information (page number, word count, etc.) and controls that it is supposed to display. Fortunately, resizing the […]

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Word 2011: A mind of its own?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 • 10:16 am

Long-time Betalogue readers know that I could write about how crappy Microsoft Word is all day long. However, there is only so much you can say before the sheer inanity of the thing makes you want to do unspeakable things to a Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer voodoo doll. At that stage, I guess you […]

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Word 2011: Fix ‘Copy’ command with Keyboard Maestro

Saturday, January 5th, 2013 • 3:14 pm

There are two things in Word 2011 (admittedly, among numerous other ones) that are a constant source of irritation for me and that are so basic that it’s quite clear that Microsoft’s engineers have absolutely no clue about how people use their software in the real world, so much so that there is no hope of […]

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Really Smart Paste: Keyboard Maestro and BBEdit to fix copied text from on-line database and other sources

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 • 11:02 am

As a professional translator in Canada, I am constantly referring to the TERMIUM database, which became accessible free-of-charge a couple of years ago as part of the Language Portal of Canada. One thing I do not like when using on-line databases, however, is having to retype things. Whenever I have to look up a term, […]

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Word 2011: Canadian French language imposes new French spelling

Sunday, November 4th, 2012 • 4:01 pm

As far as I can tell from the way Word 2011 runs on my machine, Microsoft’s Mac Office developers have once again demonstrated their crass ignorance of foreign language issues. Since 1990, there are two alternate spellings in French, the “traditional” one and the “rectified” or “new” spelling. The changes introduced in the new spelling affect […]

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PowerPoint 2011: Editing charts in Excel is a maddening process

Sunday, October 28th, 2012 • 3:37 pm

Editing PowerPoint slides with PowerPoint 2011 is absolutely maddening. As a professional translator, I sometimes have no choice but to work directly in PowerPoint, and each time I end up exceeding my frustration quota because of PowerPoint 2011’s sheer crappiness. I’ve already written about PowerPoint flaws in the past. Each time I use the application, […]

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