Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft Word’

Word 2003 Address Bug

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

It seems the boys* in Redmond are furthering their Borg reputation.

I’ve been wondering for a few weeks why  I can’t look up addresses from my Outlook contact list for printing envelopes since I upgraded to Office 2003.  Since I do my mailing early on Sunday mornings, I’m not as caffeinated as necessary for technical thinking, so I was shrugging it off to another of the many features meant to make customers miserable.

This morning I had just barely enough cognition to notice that when looking up addresses, it would only show email addresses. So I went to the address in Outlook I wanted to print and added an email address of to the person I wanted to send snail mail to. And, of course, it worked.

So, according to the Microsoft Office development team it appears that if you do not have an email address, you don’t exist.

*Yes, I know there are female MS employees, too, but referring to them would have killed the pun.

Word Reading Layout Isn’t Readable

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Among the many poor UI decisions Microsoft made with Office 2003, the Reading Layout has to be one of the more annoying. Word has built in a whole bunch of tools to tweak layout and presentation, then they think that the handiest way to look at a file created with these tools is to default to a different view.

To fix this user-abuser feature, go to the Tools menu in Word, select the General tab, and deselect “Allow starting in Reading Layout”.

Another annoyance is the Favorites panel in Outlook 2003. I don’t get it. Were so many people not using that feature that they had to stick it in a place where it can’t be removed. Worse yet, they made it look like the view that is useful, which is Folders view. So if you already know where your stuff is and don’t need Microsoft to tell you you should have favorites (another semantic violation, as what is frequently used isn’t always a favorite), just use the Folders view (buried with those annoying icons at the bottom to make it look like an OS instead of an app).

Ah, I feel so much better having ranted against the Empire 🙂