Word 2010 hates me. It would shoot me in Reno just to watch me die.
It lures me in, behaves itself for a while, then bam. Utter chaos and torment.
How it starts:
I am writing a document with footnotes. I add a footnote. It is fine. I add another footnote. The font is different. “Huh,” I say, “the font is different.” I change the font. I add another footnote. The font is different. I highlight all of of the footnotes and correct the font. The next footnote’s font is different. The backspace no longer works. Search on the internet. “Huh,” I say, “track changes is on and that prevents the backspace from working.” I turn off track changes. Another font is different. Backspace stops working. Track changes is back on. I turn off track changes and accept all changes and track changes is back on. Footnote fonts have to be changed one at a time.
I am writing an outline. I have a level, then the next level, we go on for a bit. Then it decides it doesn’t like my numbering. Or my indenting. How about a random capital A all the way at the left margin and don’t let the tab work to move it over or, in the more fun case, make it so the tab moves everything in the document over. Because that’s more fun. I start typing in the levels by hand. Backspace doesn’t work. Track changes! I recognize this one! Turn off track changes. Sigh a minute later when it comes back on.
I am writing a plain block document like this post. I start a new paragraph and suddenly I’m in 12 point font instead of 11, or I’m in Arial instead of Times New Roman.
I have to create Word documents, I often have to work in outlines, I don’t have the option of not footnoting, and I can’t set fire to my computer. Can anyone help with any of this?
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