June 30, 2005
"Word Annoyances": Wrestling Word into Submission
Sebastopol, CA--At some point, says Guy Hart-Davis, it dawns on most Word
users: "Word is trying to help you, and its help is making things worse.
Life would be so much less annoying if only you could tell Word how to do
things your way." Now, with his new Word Annoyances (O'Reilly, US $19.95), readers can practically eliminate frustration as
they take control of their favorite word processor.
Nearly everyone uses Word. "It is arguably the best word processor on the
planet," says Hart-Davis, "and it's certainly the most widely used." Of
course, that means it has the opportunity to be the most annoying word
processor on the planet--and many would say it is.
Hart-Davis has been using Word for more than fifteen years, during which
he has seen its capabilities increase steadily and its annoyances increase
exponentially. In this smart guide to outsmarting Word, he delivers fixes
or workarounds to every Word annoyance he (and anyone he knows) has
encountered, and shows readers how to tailor Word to their individual
needs and preferences.
Covering most versions of Word--including Word 2000, Word 2002/Word XP,
and Word 2003--Word Annoyances provides solutions for hundreds of common
and not-so-common editing, formatting, printing, faxing, and scanning
problems. Users can say good riddance to Word's greatest annoyances, like
the way it automatically creates the same blank document upon startup,
continually prompts users to send error reports to Microsoft, offers "File
in Use" messages even though no one else has the document open, creates
hyperlinks users didn't ask for and don't want, insists on underlining
words and sections with offensive and distracting red and green squiggles,
forces bigger margins than necessary, adjusts table column widths without
user consent, and so on.
Word Annoyances includes stress-relieving, time-saving secrets, such as
Best and most efficiently deal with installation issues
Prevent (or recover gracefully from) unwanted crashes and shutdowns
Dispose of the Office Assistant (either temporarily or forever)
Master templates, numbering, graphics, hyperlinks, tabs, tables, forms, and headers
Automate common tasks with macros
Tame some of Word's wiliest features, such as Smart Cut and Paste, Click and Type, AutoCorrect, and AutoText
Mail Merge like a pro
Conquer printing, faxing, and scanning with confidence
Work with other Microsoft applications (including Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) or Macs--there's a whole chapter devoted to Mac Word
Readers will learn not only how to minimize hassles and grief, but also
how to maximize efficiency at both home and work by customizing Word to
individual preferences and working styles. For example, readers will
learn how to create a custom toolbar with all their favorite, most-used
buttons or build a dictionary with special terms.
Word Annoyances is the perfect guide to wrestling Word into submission.
ISBN: 0-596-009542, 208 pages, $19.95 US, $27.95 CA
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