The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #67222   Message #1127635
Posted By: clueless don
02-Mar-04 - 09:19 AM
Thread Name: Tech: Alternatives to Office and Word
Subject: RE: Tech: Alternatives to Office and Word
Thanks, once again, to The Villan and JohnInKansas for your input. Much helpful stuff there.

When I first switched to WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS from MultiMate Advantage II (before that, it was the Wang Word Processor), I *hated* WordPerfect. I cursed its name. But after I learned to use it, I was delighted with it, and couldn't imagine going back to MultiMate. So why don't I think the same will be true for the switch from WP to Word? Well, maybe because I've been using (or trying to use) Word for several years now, and it isn't getting any better.

Part of the problem is that we weren't given a manual. WordPerfect had a very good manual that I consulted frequently. I have since gotten a third-party manual for Word, but I find it hard to use. One problem is that Word has decided to use new terminology. Things like "hard space" and "hard hyphen" are called something else by Word. I can't ask "how can I do thus-and-so", because it isn't *called* "thus-and-so" in Word.

So maybe I need to get training. But I don't have *time* to get training. I have work to do!

Some specifics: JohnInKansas, I'm one of those people who space a paragraph with the tab key (and I also create tables with the tab key if I can, rather than using one of those Word tables.) And I always put two spaces after a period. I'm willing to consider that learning a new way to space a paragraph might be useful (and that I need to learn to use the Table function with more facility.) But the notion that we are no longer supposed to put two spaces after a period infuriates me. When was *that* memo issued, and why wasn't I copied?

I have always used "normal" view, so I will see if using "page layout" view helps me. Thanks for the tip!

JohnInKansas, when you say "turn on that & 'view all' toggle", do you mean the "show/hide" button, which looks like "ΒΆ"? I don't have a button that looks like "&".

And finally, JohnInKansas, are you saying that when I get a document from someone else, I not only need the document, but I also need the *template*? Oh, the humanity!

Thank you again everyone, sincerely, for taking the time to address some of these Word problems!