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Fix for recurring Microsoft Word 2016 document opening/saving bug

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Ever since I upgraded to Microsoft Office 2016 on my Mac, I have been experiencing this recurring bug. Word 2016 works OK for many days. (I say “OK” and not “great” because Word never works great, even at the best of times.) Then all of a sudden, for no apparent reason, it becomes unable to open […]

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

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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, […]

Brent Simmons on Microsoft

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

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 […]

Microsoft Office for Mac web site: uses a Windows-only font

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

I don’t know about other Mac users, but when I go to the Microsoft web pages for Office for Mac, I get headings that look like this: And it does not get any better when I make things bigger: Or even bigger: For the record, this is in Safari, but it looks just as bad […]

David Pogue on Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

As Betalogue readers know, I have been writing about Microsoft’s products for the Mac and especially about Microsoft Word for many years now. And generally speaking I have had nothing but bad things to say about the software: it’s slow, it’s full of bugs, it’s unreliable, and it’s a pain to use. One of the […]

Using styles in word processing: Apple’s Pages vs. Microsoft Word

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

When you have a fairly long document in Pages in which the text formatting is done using a variety of paragraph and character styles, and you do “Select All” to select the entire contents of the document, here’s what the styles drawer looks like: When you open the exact same document in Word 2008, with […]

Microsoft on Visual Basic for Applications for Microsoft Office for Mac

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Microsoft have changed their minds about Visual Basic for Applications and will bring it back in the next version. But it’ll take much more than that to restore the faith of Mac users in Microsoft products.

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.0.1 Update: Requires Internet Explorer for Windows

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

At Microsoft, Mac users are and always will be second-class customers.

Microsoft Office 2008: Don’t bother registering

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Office 2008 already fails at the first hurdle: product registration.

Microsoft Word 2004: Mind-boggling style madness

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

It’s not even worth trying to understand how Microsoft Word ends up exhibiting such aberrant behaviours.

Microsoft Office 2008: Will it have a truly multilingual installer?

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Finally some progress on the Office installation front, but I doubt that bilingual Canadian users will enjoy similar relief.

LaunchBar and Microsoft Word: ‘Instant Send’ feature not supported

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Whenever you get excited about advancements in software design, you can be sure that Microsoft will bring you back down to earth.

Microsoft Office 2008 delayed until first quarter of 2008

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Microsoft has no shame.

iView Media Pro and Microsoft Expression Media: Mac license key screw-up

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Mac customers get a Windows-only license key. Nice touch.

Microsoft Word 2004: ‘AutoFit to Window’ command does anything but

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Apparently, Microsoft engineers don’t know the difference between page width and window width.