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Full user review
"Won't upgrade until the ribbon is history!"
Like another reviewer has said, Word is a good, reliable product—ruined by the ribbon.
Narcissistically controlling & obtuse. It takes all the joy out of writing.
Presently I'm using Word 2007, but Word—any version—is a classic example of dictatorial software. We are told (at a premium price) what we are SUPPOSED to like; and what we, apparently, are supposed to like is: tons of hardly-ever relevant bells and whistles from which we may choose, but a piece of kit nonetheless eternally burdened by its fundamentals, of which the Ribbon is but one. I'd have to say it's by far the biggest one. Two-thirds of it, I never use. Ever!
Word is ... no surprise ... a word processor. One of its best features is one of its simplest: the ability to zoom in to see multiple pages on a single screen. Wonderful, especially if you've got a large monitor. This makes—in capital letters: VERTICAL—space in particular, extremely valuable.
How can I put this? I want my inch back! At the very least, I would like the option to dock the ribbon—as I already do with the taskbar—on the SIDE of my screen ( On my 24" monitor I can afford to loose some horizontal space.)
I DON't like:
Having always to look at a glaring-white page. Particularly on a large screen, a sea of white is very hard on the eyes. Why is there no option for creme—or for that matter, other colors?)
I don't like the highlighters. There are fifteen to choose from and only three of those are useable. (The rest are far too dark!) Given we have a near-infinite choice of font colors, why not some decent variety of highlighters? And why not, in particular) the ability to make them much less dense? (I repeat: all but three are too dark to use.) I want highlighters, not "paint" ~ers.
Those miserably-tiny scroll arrows! If you want to scroll up, just a titch, you must hunt out that tiny black arrow at the top-right (only) of the screen; and if you want to go down (just a titch) you have to do the same at the bottom right (only) of the screen. On today's larger monitors that's a marathon of mouse-work! Why not have both, "up" and "down" arrows together—and in all four corners of the screen to choose from? That would reduce the relevant mouse-work by 400%. (Think about that.)
Headers and footers: UGH! A nightmare to be sure. Trying, for instance, to manipulate the page breaks so a header or footer doesn't appear on a chapter's first page is a torture. Initially, it took two other people—who considered themselves experts at Word (indeed, I was paying one of them for the advice)—an entire morning to figure it out. A year later, it still has the power to flummox me.
Endnote numbering: do the world a favor and shoot whoever designed that system. (Seriously; you know what I mean.) Perverted, to be sure.
I could go on—and on, and on....
You know what I think Microsoft needs to do with Word?
Scrap it and buy-out Lotus Word Pro. Now those are people who know what word-processing means.
(Why, you ask, don't I just use Lotus? In a word, compatibility.)