I don’t use Microsoft Word all that often, so I’ve lost a deep knowledge of its features. I’ve never fully understood the paragraph formatting that inserts an extra line between paragraphs, all too frequently leaving something double-spaced that’s intended to be single-spaced. Eventually I learned how to hit Shift-Enter for a single line space, but I know there’s a better way to handle it buried in paragraph styles or somewhere. […] continuedRead more
All right, now I’m getting angry.
Like most of my business clients, my documents are stored on a network server. When I click on “My Documents,” I’m taken to \brucebserverusersbruceb. My clients store business documents in \serverCompany or \serverfirmdocs. Those shared folders are frequently mapped to a drive letter, so the M: drive also takes me to my document folder. […] continuedRead more
The “ribbons” in Microsoft Word 2007 and Excel 2007 are better organized than the menus and toolbars in Office 2003, but I’m also going through odd moments of confusion or frustration. I’m still not ordering Office 2007 on new office computers.
A few random examples:
Back in ancient times – 4 or 5 years ago – many people tried their hands at learning a little HTML and creating a web site. Microsoft FrontPage wasn’t easy to learn but other programs were harder and FrontPage is the only one to develop any name recognition with consumers. Did you know FrontPage has been discontinued? […] continuedRead more
I recently reformatted a hard drive and reinstalled Windows XP from scratch, using a CD for Windows that included Service Pack 2.
The next step was to download the patches and updates released since Service Pack 2 – almost a hundred of them, almost two hundred megabytes to download and more than half an hour to install, followed by a restart and another batch, followed by a restart and a few more, followed by a restart and a few more. […] continuedRead more
I finally received a copy of Office 2007 and installed it on my Vista computer a couple of weeks ago. This afternoon I irritably uninstalled it and went back to Office 2003.
It wasn’t the drastically changed interface, although it was as jarring as predicted. Here’s my writeup about the new look for Word and Excel – no menu at the top and completely redesigned access to all features through a “ribbon bar” that replaces the familiar buttons. […] continuedRead more
The post-holiday lull has ended, Vista is out the door, so we’re back to a nonstop barrage of new products and services. Here’s what stood out in the last week.
Windows Vista will present a learning curve and some frustration when it begins shipping next week, but I’m wondering whether the new version of Microsoft Office might take even more heat than Vista from confused users.
Many things are changed about Vista but it’s visually appealing and a surprising number of things can be done exactly the same way as in Windows XP. […] continuedRead more
Here’s an article with an interesting statistic: Microsoft Office 2003 Student And Teacher Edition made up 80% of all sales of productivity suites in 2006. Microsoft lowered the price on a student edition of Office to $150 in 2001 and has kept the price there since then. Since the Student edition includes Powerpoint and can be installed on up to 3 computers, the price is irresistible compared to comparable full-price Office suites – tempting many small businesses to bend the rules and install it on office computers. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Office 2007 will arrive on January 30 along with Windows Vista. My sense is that it will have a much different effect at large companies than in small businesses.
Everyone’s initial impression will be disorientation, since menus and buttons are radically rearranged. Those feelings will pass and small businesses and home users will likely get back to work more or less the way they were working before. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft announced today that Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 will officially launch on November 30.
It’s a little unclear what that means, since boxed copies of the software won’t be available to purchase until January 30. The Microsoft statement was that “corporate customers, system builders, and technology journalists” will be able to get Vista on November 30. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft released a big crop of updates yesterday for Windows and Microsoft Office programs – there are ten patches on the official list but my computer shows fifteen items ready to be installed this morning. Yesterday Microsoft was having some trouble with the Automatic Updates system but that appears to be resolved now. […] continuedRead more
There have been several embarrassing incidents recently in which information was learned from electronic documents because they were not adequately secured. In some cases, the editing history of a Word document was revealing; in others, text was still readable despite attempts to black it out.
Microsoft has released a tool intended to prevent redaction errors in Word 2003. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft announced product details and pricing for the various versions of Microsoft Office 2007, due later this year. Here’s a summary of the various products.
The theme in technology for 2006 will be overwhelming confusion for consumers and businesses. As I noted below, by the end of the year we will be completely adrift in a sea of Intel processors, and we’ll have the quirks and incompatibilities of a new version of Windows to contend with. […] continuedRead more
If you’re using Microsoft Office 2003 – and especially if you’re using Outlook 2003 – you should install the updates released by Microsoft today. You can install them by going to the Office Update page, or by using the new Microsoft Update service.
Your goal is MS Office 2003 Service Pack 2, plus an update to Outlook’s junk mail filter. […] continuedRead more