Articles posted in August, 2004

Word 2004: Mystery window still there

Monday, August 23rd, 2004 • 12:45 am

A long time ago, I reported about this mysterious blank window that would show up sometimes in Word X for no apparent reason and cause rather strange behaviour. Well, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that this problem is still there in Word 2004. Here’s the proof: What the hell is it? I have […]

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Word 2004: Doesn’t refresh the scroll bar when ‘Find’ dialog causes document to scroll

Monday, August 23rd, 2004 • 12:30 am

In most applications with a “Find” dialog box, you can keep the dialog open in the foreground and click repeatedly on the “Find” button to jump from one found occurrence to the next in the document in which the search is taking place, and the application will then refresh the contents of the document window […]

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EPL 2005: Day 2 (Arsenal 5 – Middlesborough 3)

Sunday, August 22nd, 2004 • 4:06 am

Fox Sports World Canada is very cruel. After spoiling Canada-based English football fans for a couple of years with lots of English Premier League coverage for regular channel subscribers, things appear to have taken a turn for the worse. We are still getting lots of games, thanks to the complementary coverage provided by both Sportsnet […]

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Word 2004: Atrocious behaviour of ‘Properties’ dialog box in ‘Customize…’ environment

Friday, August 20th, 2004 • 4:53 am

Try the following… Select Word’s Customize… command in the “Tools” menu. This causes Word to display a new toolbar below your existing toolbars that is an exact duplicate of Word’s menu bar, so that you can customize that menu bar as well. Now click on the “Tools” button in that toolbar in order to customize […]

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Excel 2004: Text alignment buttons in Formatting Palette still misleading when selection is mixed

Friday, August 20th, 2004 • 3:49 am

The Formatting Palette in Excel 2004 is similar to the one in Word 2004, but leave it to Microsoft to manage to introduce inconsistency even in such a simple thing as text alignment buttons. Like Word’s Formatting Palette, Excel’s Formatting Palette has buttons (under “Alignment and Spacing“) that can be used to align text horizontally […]

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Word 2004: Keyboard shortcuts for text navigation and first paragraph after a manual page break

Friday, August 20th, 2004 • 12:13 am

I’ve already reported that Microsoft changed the keyboard shortcuts for navigating and selecting text. This change is obviously meant to bring Word in line with other Mac OS X applications. Unfortunately, as a heavy user of these shortcuts, I cannot help but note that some things have not changed and are as irritating as ever. […]

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Panther Freezes: It’s not the RAM

Tuesday, August 17th, 2004 • 3:45 am

Following the persistent recommendations of a Betalogue reader, I went ahead and tested various RAM configurations in order to identify a possibly defective RAM module in my G4 MDD. I have three 512 MB RAM modules: one that came with the machine from Apple, and two that I bought from Other World Computing, a usually […]

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Word 2004: Inconsistent behaviour when dragging and dropping paragraphs of text

Monday, August 16th, 2004 • 5:12 am

Here’s another totally inconsistent behaviour in Word 2004 that seems to be directly linked to architectural flaws in the design of the software itself. Take a Word document in Normal view that contains paragraphs of text with a manual page break before them, like so: By double-clicking in the small margin on the left-hand side […]

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Word 2004: Inappropriate click-through behaviour

Sunday, August 15th, 2004 • 11:15 pm

This picture is part of the bottom edge of an inactive document window in Microsoft Word: When you have several document windows open in Word, the bottom edge of the foremost window has a number of active controls that can be used to access certain features. Here’s what the same window looks like when it’s […]

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EPL 2005: Day 1

Sunday, August 15th, 2004 • 4:27 am

The new English Premier League season is off to a good start, at least far as Arsenal is concerned… There were no 0-0 draws, which is really quite remarkable, but there were a large number of 1-1 draws, somewhat predictably. There were also a few possibly revealing moments. First, there was the Djibril Cissé substitution […]

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Mac OS X 10.3.5: No pain, no gain

Friday, August 13th, 2004 • 4:43 am

As far as I am concerned, the latest incremental Mac OS X update (Mac OS X 10.3.5) has been painless. I waited the customary 48 hours before installing it. I saw no reports of any major issues that might affect me. Sure enough, I didn’t encounter any problems during the update, and I haven’t noticed […]

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InDesign: Why ‘Export’ command defaults to ‘Adobe InDesign Tagged Text’ instead of ‘Adobe PDF’

Friday, August 13th, 2004 • 1:20 am

I’ve finally figured this one out. Sometimes, when you select the “Export…” command in InDesign (2.0 or CS), which is most commonly used for exporting the InDesign document as a PDF file, InDesign selects the “Adobe InDesign Tagged Text” file format by default rather than the “Adobe PDF” file format — even if “Adobe PDF” […]

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iTunes, Address Book, etc.: Need ‘Find/Replace’ feature!

Thursday, August 12th, 2004 • 6:03 am

With Mac OS X, we have an increasing number of database-like applications when a lot of data entry is required. Some of it can be automated, but there’s still a lot of typing involved, and a lot of work cleaning up text, etc. after it’s been entered. That is why I am finding it more […]

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Équipe de France: Zidane retires, Domenech refreshes

Thursday, August 12th, 2004 • 4:10 am

Until the various domestic European leagues are in full swing and the transfer market closes at the end of August, there will be as much football news off the pitch than on the pitch. This week could still turn out to be the most important of the season. In addition to the on-going sagas of […]

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Mac OS X: Self-resizing windows in Cocoa applications

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004 • 11:09 pm

One little thing that I really appreciate in Apple’s Cocoa applications, such as Safari, Mail and Preview, is what happens if you have two monitors and drag an open window from one monitor to the other. In my situation, for example, the main monitor (a 23″ FP display) has a vertical resolution of 1200, whereas […]

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