Why People HATE Word

WORDThere are many reasons why people hate Microsoft Word.

My reason today: its tendency to change your settings unbidden, and then refuse to change them back.

As I was approaching the end of my 500 word writing routine, Word decided it needed to start putting 8 points of space after each paragraph when I had foolishly set it for none.

No amount of changing to 0pt will change it.

It’s the little things that make us crazy.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!

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15 thoughts on “Why People HATE Word

  1. Wendi Sotis

    Been there, done that, and it took me a while to figure that out! Try this, Susan.

    Under Editing – Select / Select all
    On the Home tab, click on the little arrow beneath and to the right of the backward P
    Under spacing, set all to zero and single for line spacing
    OK

    Hope that helps!

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  2. Robin Helm

    There are too many little things in my life driving me crazy right now. I seriously need a vacation – preferable in another country.

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      Sorry to hear that the little foxes are at it in your life, Robin. Like my (^%$%^&&*@ 8pt problem, you know how maddening the small stuff can be.

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    2. Laura Hile

      Come here, come here! Hipsterland. It’s *almost* like another country.

      Never mind that Susan’s house and mine are stuffed with adult children making career transitions…

      You need a trip to Japan, that’s what.

      Get that next Darcy book formatted and up for sale. Let Darcy foot the bill for international travel, right? πŸ™‚

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      1. Robin Helm

        I am really struggling to write. There are too many mind-blowers happening at once. Word is the least of my problems.

        Maybe I should go to a deserted island.

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        1. Laura Hile

          Struggling-To-Write is my middle name. You’ve seen me grind to a full stop numerous times.

          When I can’t think or am unable to move my novel forward, I focus on staying limber with words. I write daily for ten minutes without stopping, just anything. On particularly stressful days, I’ve made bullet points listing everything I’ve had to do that day … complete with snark commentary.

          Sometimes this snark gets developed into blog posts!

          A deserted island sounds good to me, Robin. Take heart, summer break, it is a-coming.

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        2. Susan Kaye Post author

          Sorry about the struggle, Robin. I’m moving through a large cloud of angst and ennui.

          And I’m not even French.

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  3. Sarah Cabezas

    I have learned a lot of quirks about Word lately (with editing my ‘soon to be a real book’!!), but this is one I have never run across. I can’t even find it on a google search. Sorry. I hope you sort it out.

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      I’ve had this happen before. A little change to presets I mean. It’s maddening but I got my writing done for the day. Thanks for trying to help me, Sarah. Nice to know there are helpful folk out there. πŸ˜‰

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        1. Susan Kaye Post author

          Spies have to wing it when an operation goes sideways and writers need to learn the skill as well. I remember when I started writing and posting on Pemberley dot com’s Bits of Ivory story board. I was so ignorant of the computer, operating systems, and word processing that I wrote right into the posting window. I can’t count how many times I lost parts of the story into the ether.

          That being the case, 8pts in my way is w-a-a-a-y down the list of problems.

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      I think it’s likely that some marginal software writer creates the problem, undoes it after enough complaints roll in, and then looks like a hero with a bonus check in his hand.

      Man, I’m getting so cynical in my old age.

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