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    MICROSOFT 365 By Peter Deegan Microsoft Word has been around for so long, it’s easy to forget how great it really is. If you ask Microsoft about great
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      One of those ‘stunning features’ is the dialog that pops up if you want to insert a link. That dialog is exactly the same as the one in Office ’97. Main complaint: You can’t stretch it.

      • #2590848

        Oh, don’t get me started on that dialog box …

        Yes, it should be expandable but that’s just the beginning.

        The big problem is the ‘Place in this document’ tab can have a long list of headings with no way to search or navigate within that list.  It’s tolerable for a short document but a time-consuming nightmare for any medium or long document.  The hours wasted scrolling up/down to find the right heading!

        It’s the same problem with other dialog boxes in Office — for example the full styles list.  The whole core dialog code needs updating into the 21st Century aka don’t hold your breath.

        Peter Deegan

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      I agree that Word has several helpful features, but when I saw that you included Numbering and bullet points, my first thought was, “What have you been smoking?”  Yes, Microsoft does a pretty good job of numbering when you are first writing the document, but editing the document, including editing the numbering, is an absolute NIGHTMARE.  Nearly 100% of my writing requires me to take a template provided by my company and edit it to include the information needed for my project.  A typical document is an engineering scope of work that has a lot of structure and numbering.  Microsoft can’t figure out how to match the tab and space levels for the new numbered entries so I have to manually adjust things so everything lines up vertically.  That is just one of my frustrations with Word numbering.  Maybe a detailed article on editing an existing document with multiple levels of existing numbering is what is needed.

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        I agree that arranging bullet and numbering lists is a hassle, but I developed a work around that makes the fix a lot easier.  I created a recorded macro of the steps to change the bullet/numbering placement and spacing to the way I usually want it.   I added this macro to the Quick Access bar.

        I highlight the bullet/numbering list and press the macro icon which instantly changes the list to the settings I wanted.  I have one for bullets and one for numbered list.   For me, this is easier than messing with styles.

         

        HTH, Dana:))

        • #2591169

          Absolute worst feature — the ribbon.   Tried Word 2010.   I’m still using Word 2003.  It does everything that I need.  Why is it that people think that changing the look and feel of a program is a Good Thing?  Mark it up to job security.

           

           

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        Yes, Microsoft does a pretty good job of numbering when you are first writing the document,

        I don’t think Word does a good job of numbering at all, even when first writing. Too many times, I can’t get the sub-numbering or the indentation I want to automatically generate as I create more text.

        I mostly use the Format Painter instead as I move onward. It’s a lot easier than trying to correct what Word thinks it should be doing or trying to figure out how to get Word to automatically behave as I want it to.

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      Drcard:)) wrote:
      Yes, Microsoft does a pretty good job of numbering when you are first writing the document,

      I don’t think Word does a good job of numbering at all, even when first writing. Too many times, I can’t get the sub-numbering or the indentation I want to automatically generate as I create more text.

      Please reread the posts. I did NOT post the statement you quoted as being from me. Look above my post and you will see that Bakershack made that statement.
      I think Word does a very complicated bullet and numbering system…that’s why I created macros to get around all the steps to make bullets and numbers display as I want.

      HTH, Dana:))

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      I don’t think Word does a good job of numbering at all, even when first writing. Too many times, I can’t get the sub-numbering or the indentation I want to automatically generate as I create more text.

      100% agree with the comments above. The bullets and numbering are a nightmare and you would think after all these years that they might have fixed it. Thank God I’m now retired and never have to touch this rubbish again.

      Windows 10 Home 22H2, Acer Aspire TC-1660 desktop + LibreOffice, non-techie

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