by little red pen
Things I love about Word
I use Word more than any other program. It has many fine features that I’d like to celebrate:
- Styles. I don’t go enormously fancy with my Word styles, but I love being able to get a handle on the shape and feel of a document by setting up headings, bullets, tables, etc.
- Fonts. It’s pleasing how much time I can spend trialling different fonts before returning to the usual suspects that adorn 95% of my documents.
- Keyboard shortcuts. Very satisfying. My favourites are SHIFT-COMMAND-M, SHIFT-COMMAND-N, OPT-;, COMMAND-C, COMMAND-X and COMMAND-V. I also love the shortcuts for accents.
- Paragraph spacing. I really like adjusting the spacing before and after paragraphs to get headings, tables, etc, looking nice.
- Focus view. Ahhhh, restful. Also — oh, that looks worse than I thought it would.
Things that make me go hmmmm
I use Word more than any other program. It has some qualities that really grind my gears.
- Fonts. Often I’m working on a document that someone else is going to play with, so I need to choose fonts that are available in a range of Word versions and on both PCs and Mac. Why, why, are compatible fonts so damn ugly?
- Text boxes, graphics, etc. There has got to be an easier way to get visuals into a document. SO MUCH fiddling around.
- Saving. The save function on my laptop seems a bit glitchy. Just me?
- Changes. Whenever a new version of Word comes out, it takes … a while … to figure out where they’ve hidden everything.
- Automaticking. Look, I’m not an idiot. Stop adjusting everything for me. And put that back where you found it RIGHT NOW. I can spell too (more or less) and sometimes I make up words, so GO AWAY.