Word 2004: Scrolling wheel still doesn’t work in macro editor

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
June 2nd, 2004 • 11:44 pm

It’s going to be a bit tiresome to report on all the bugs in previous versions of Word for the Mac that still aren’t fixed in Word 2004, but… somebody’s got to do it! :-)

For the record, then… The macro editor in Word 2004 (which still is this hybrid “application within the application” that’s totally non-standard and confusing from a Mac UI point of view) still doesn’t support the use of the scrolling wheel if you happen to have a mouse with one (as I do).

No news from Redmond as to whether it might finally be fixed by 2045 or not. Stay tuned.

2 Responses to “Word 2004: Scrolling wheel still doesn’t work in macro editor”

  1. Pierre Igot says:

    There’s definitely a fair amount of sluggishness throughout the Word 2004 interface, and that includes (unfortunately) what happens when you scroll up or down a document, either with the keyboard (Page Up / Page Down) or with the mouse. The severity of it will obviously vary depending on how powerful your computer is, but even on a fast machine, you will experience it. I have a dual 1.25 GHz G4 and I definitely notice it.

    Microsoft seems to be unable to optimize its applications for performance. On the contrary, the new version is always slower than the previous one, and that’s been the story since Word 5 — which explains why you can have a Mac that is powerful enough to do real-time video effects rendering (with Final Cut Pro) or real-time multi-track sound editing (with GarageBand), but it will still stutter when scrolling up or down a text document.

    I am pretty confident it’s not Apple‘s fault.

  2. Olivier Scherler says:

    Do you have scrolling problems in Word 2004 too? On my G5, it’s incapable of scrolling the text down while I move the wheel. It sort of waits until I’m finished scrolling to update the display.

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