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  • Sliding over to LibreOffice — or not

    Posted on July 19th, 2021 at 02:41 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    Sandra Henry-Stocker

    By Sandra Henry-Stocker

    LibreOffice is a great replacement for Microsoft Office.

    It provides a very similar set of applications. All are top-quality, easy to use, versatile, and well supported. This includes tools to create documents, spreadsheets, slide shows, databases, drawings, etc. LibreOffice and MS Office are similar enough that you’re likely to get off to a fast start when you first use any of the apps. LibreOffice is also completely free — no initial price tag and no monthly fees.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.27.0 (2021-07-19).

  • Tasks for the weekend – July 3, 2021 – Taming Word

    Posted on July 4th, 2021 at 00:20 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Youtube Video here

    Recently Word (and Outlook) has added a new feature that it “predicts” what you are typing and urges you to hit tab to speed it up.

    If this annoys you, for Outlook click on File then on Options then on Mail then on Compose messages then uncheck Show text predictions while typing

    For Word, click on File then Options then Advanced, Under Editing Options, check the box for “Show Text Predictions While Typing” to enable the feature and click “OK.”

    For Outlook on the web, go to Settings then to View all Outlook settings then to Mail then to compose and reply, and uncheck the option “Suggest words or phrases as I type” under text predictions

    Note this is not new but dribbling out to the various versions of Office.

  • Office current branch triggers Outlook Bug

    Posted on May 4th, 2021 at 14:16 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    @b pointed me to several threads in the answers forums where in Version 2104 ” quite a few home users and companies have found that Version 2104 (Build 13929.20296) of April 29 introduces a bug which causes To: field autocomplete dropdown to go up off screen instead of down. Not everyone is affected; It probably depends on screen resolution and text scaling”  He said he has that version but is not seeing the bug. Rolling back to the prior version 2103 (Build 13901.20462) of April 23, does seem to work for everyone (including Office 2019).

    This is why I recommend moving back to the semi annual branch  where you don’t get quite as many bugs.

    You can read the threads here:

    Outlook 2016 Autocomplete is doing something weird

    Outlook 2019 autocomplete view changed after update

    Outlook 2019 Address Autocomplete Broken

    You seeing anything?

  • So can you fix line spacing please?

    Posted on April 28th, 2021 at 14:23 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You can always tell when the Microsoft marketing department comes into full swing. There is something in the news that makes you raise an eyebrow.

    Today’s edition is “Microsoft wants to know what font you prefer as the new default for Word”. You can even vote on it.

    Seriously. You can read about it on the Thurrott blog or straight from their site.

    I have always said that Word can take 10% of your time to compose a document and 90% of the time to get it formatted and printed. Here’s some things I’d love to have Microsoft work on before a new font:

    Stop autocorrecting certain things like HSA into HAS. If I typed in HSA because it’s an accounting term for a Health savings account, I really meant HSA.  You need to be smarter about autocorrect. Many times you are not helpful.

    My fellow peeps often fondly remember PFS write.  It allowed you to type and got out of the way. There needs to be a PFS write mode – something that would make it not autocorrect, not try to be helpful in formatting and numbering and just let us type.

    Numbering: OMG the number of times I have to fix formatting of bulleted lists because things get indented in such weird ways that make no sense.

    Line spacing: Sometimes Word is just possessed in how it things you want things spaced. Often we need things double spaced and oh no Word thinks I want instead EXACTLY  18.5PT stuff that pops up every now and then? The number of times I have to use the format paint (the paintbrush icon) to copy the format that works to a place where it’s not …. well just say I’ve done it a lot.

    What about you? What drives you insane about Word?

  • Record and transcribe conversations directly into MS Word

    Posted on December 13th, 2020 at 21:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Lance Whitney

    So you recorded the audio from that important video meeting, and now you want to turn it into text.

    There’s no need to buy an expensive speech-to-text app. If you’re an Office 365 subscriber, Word for the Web now offers a quick and convenient option — Transcribe — for converting both live and pre-recorded conversations into a text-based record.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.49.0 (2020-12-14).

  • SetUp Guides for Microsoft 365 – request for feedback

    Posted on November 30th, 2020 at 21:24 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Are you an IT Admin that sets up Microsoft 365 / Office 365 services? If you are, @mikebailey2000 is looking for feedback on SetUp Guides.

    Mike’s a Microsoft Program Manager. It’s great to welcome his interest in the opinion of our members.

    Please, head over to Mike’s first post here at AskWoody, wish him a very warm AskWoody welcome, and help him to improve the setup guides. He explains the limitations on accessing the documents.

  • Blocking telemetry in Office 365

    Posted on November 12th, 2020 at 08:51 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    A hint for Office 365 Telemetry: Setting the undocumented (not officially supported) regvalue HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\office\common\clienttelemetry\DisableTelemetry to 1 (DWORD) disables the Office Telemetry module. This reduces the output of telemetry data.

    He also links to his report on the impact of the Office privacy settings (the diagnostic data levels) on the output of diagnostic data by Office.

    ERNW GmbH was tasked by the German Federal Office for Information Security (orig., ger., Bundesamt fur
    Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI)) with analyzing the output of telemetry data from Microsoft
    Office and provide recommendations on how to deactivate or minimize it (see Section 1.1 and Section 1.2).

  • Microsoft at it again with pushing Office?

    Posted on November 11th, 2020 at 22:06 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Channeling my inner Woody here:  Is Microsoft pushing out Office Progressive Web Apps again?  Günter Born posts that users have seen “PWAs were distributed via Windows Update under Windows 10 version 20H2 and replaced the icons of a Microsoft Office 2019 Premium Plus.”

    Have you seen this?  Post in the comments if you have.



  • A compatibility problem between Office 2010 and the Win10 version 2004 update?

    Posted on October 20th, 2020 at 18:47 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got this report from BM:

    Just thought I would let you know that the 2004 update was a complete mess for me. It was pushed, I didn’t choose it. I run a Legion Y920-17IKB laptop with a licensed version of office 2010 (because I prefer it to 365). The update completely removed every office file I have created since October 2019. No files were saved in the update restore folder and restoring back to the previous version of windows didn’t recover the files. It also changed all the recents in those applications to files that were again, back from 2019.
    This is by far the worst update experience I’ve had, sharing it with you incase you can use it as a cautionary tale for your readers. Microsoft advice is to always back-up to the cloud. God I hate their updates so much! Just when you thought 2020 had thrown all it could at you…
    Anybody else seeing that?
  • It’s the end of the line for Office 2010

    Posted on October 18th, 2020 at 21:05 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    Microsoft is closing the book on two business workhorses: Office 2010 and Exchange 2010.

    From a productivity-app perspective, 2010 was an excellent vintage for all Windows users from individuals to small businesses to the Enterprise. Whether it was managing email, building massive spreadsheets, or creating complex documents, Office and Exchange gave us an excellent foundation. But as of October 13, Microsoft dropped all support for both platforms.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.41.0 (2020-10-19).

  • Welcome to Google Workspace

    Posted on October 6th, 2020 at 10:54 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve almost completely switched over to Google G-Suite.

    Except, as of today, it’s known as Google Workspace.

    Google just announced the name change, gussied it up with a bunch of marketing gobbledygook, and a “new user experience.”

    Except, well, it mostly looks like the old user experience. Which I like just fine, thankyouverymuch. If you want to “dynamically create and collaborate on a document with guests in a Chat room,” I wish you well. But if you just want to knock out a doc or sheet, or even a slide deck, Google’s just fine, the same as it’s always been.

    Remember, Google doesn’t snoop on your G-Suite stuff:

    The data that G Suite organizations and users put into our systems is theirs, and we do not scan it for advertisements nor sell it to third parties.

    They scan emails and files for viruses and the like, but “Google does not collect, scan or use data in G Suite Core Services for advertising purposes.” It’s all in black and white, although the official policy pages haven’t been updated with the new “Google Workspace” name.

  • Patch Lady – just a kind reminder about Office 2010

    Posted on September 13th, 2020 at 00:36 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In the consumer patching survey, quite a few of you indicated that you still were running Office 2010.  Just a kind reminder that as of October of 2020 that platform will no longer receive security updates.  Given HOW MUCH malware, phishing and what not is coming through email, given HOW MUCH malware, phishing and what not are using macros to enter systems, given HOW MANY times Office is being patched for remote code execution attacks that you will no longer be protected for after October 13, 2020, just a kind reminder to take the time to review your options.

    Many of you do not like subscription versions of Office.  I’d be reviewing alternative platforms such as LibreOffice.  Bottom line you have one month and the final updates for Office 2010 will be released.

    Access 2010
    Dynamics GP 2010
    Excel 2010
    Excel Mobile 2010
    Exchange Server 2010 (all editions)
    FAST Search Server 2010 (all editions)
    Groove Server 2010
    Office 2010 (all editions)
    OneNote 2010
    PowerPoint 2010
    Project 2010
    Publisher 2010
    Search Server 2010
    System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
    System Center Essentials 2010
    Visio 2010 (all editions)
    Word 2010
    Windows Embedded Standard 7
    Office 2016 for Mac (all editions)
    Excel 2016 for Mac
    Outlook 2016 for Mac
    PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
    Word 2016 for Mac