MS Word wastes my time (Microsoft Corp Sucks)

by MSWordhater, Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 10:17 (4119 days ago)

MS Word has wasted a lot of my time with the strange decisions it makes about how my document should be formatted. I KNOW how I want it formatted -- MS Word doesn't have a clue, and it proves that constantly by indenting where I don't want an indentation, numbering and bulleting what I don't want numbered or bulleted, and generally chewing up my time by requiring me to manually undo the lame-brain decisions it makes. Today it did something that was the last straw for me with this software-from-hell. I swear that I will look for and try many other alternatives to this obscenely overpriced garbage. After spending several hours modifying a lenghtly document, I accidently tapped a key (don't know which one)that deleted my document without confirming that action first. When I re-opened it, I was back to my original document without any of the changes included. Christ - it even seemed to render the autosave feature useless. Why would these jerks at MS program a key that would do that?

I wish that Billy G and his troup of lackies would just put all their effort into making an operating system that really works instead of releasing their bug infested and Internet-vunerable Windows offerings (which are also grossly overpriced). Billy (you a**hole), please stop running around buying (with bully tactics) perfectly good software companies that show some integrity and honesty (not like Microsoft) then turning their products into garbage. Microsoft certainly doesn't have the Midas touch -- it has the Misery touch. I hate using MS Word with a passion.

I don't like MS Word, but I have no choice.

by Filez, Thursday, November 16, 2006, 07:54 (4117 days ago) @ MSWordhater

"Microsoft certainly doesn't have the Midas touch -- it has the Misery touch. "

I like this.

MS Word wastes my time

by stagingforu @, Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 05:18 (4104 days ago) @ MSWordhater

i totally agreed with you. Microsoft lackies seems to think they can make a decision for you in any situation. This lame program called Word actually costed my husband's job. He works in a company where he occasionally had to write proposal to his clients, he used a template from previous client with a footer with previous client's name, then he changed the footer to new client's name, but microsoft programmers apparently think it is not a good idea to overwrite the old client's name in the footer, so the old footer with old client's name still in the document.(mind you, they did not give a message box telling you about it). So the document was sent with old client's name and apparently this new client thinks that is a sure sign of unprofessionalism, therefore, the company did not get the project and when the managerment looking for the cause of the problem, they found the proposal with the old client's name and therefore, let go of my husband....

I spent 60% of my work time with Word, in my opinion, the product itself is ok but the arrogance behind the product is horrifying, it is saying we(microsoft) can run your life by making decision for you. Is this a free country?

I am sorry for hearing this

by Copycats, Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 19:14 (4104 days ago) @ stagingforu

» i totally agreed with you. Microsoft lackies seems to think they can make
» a decision for you in any situation. This lame program called Word
» actually costed my husband's job. He works in a company where he
» occasionally had to write proposal to his clients, he used a template from
» previous client with a footer with previous client's name, then he changed
» the footer to new client's name, but microsoft programmers apparently
» think it is not a good idea to overwrite the old client's name in the
» footer, so the old footer with old client's name still in the
» document.(mind you, they did not give a message box telling you about it).
» So the document was sent with old client's name and apparently this new
» client thinks that is a sure sign of unprofessionalism, therefore, the
» company did not get the project and when the managerment looking for the
» cause of the problem, they found the proposal with the old client's name
» and therefore, let go of my husband....
»
» I spent 60% of my work time with Word, in my opinion, the product itself
» is ok but the arrogance behind the product is horrifying, it is saying
» we(microsoft) can run your life by making decision for you. Is this a
» free country?

Dear, I am sorry for hearing about this sad story. Anyway, good luck to you husband and your family.

"the arrogance behind the product is horrifying"

I strongly agree with this!

I am sorry for hearing this

by micro$oft, Thursday, December 21, 2006, 10:58 (4082 days ago) @ Copycats

His main purpose is to make MONEY. He wants to create the impression that Microsoft Office is user-friendly so that he can make more MONEY.

I am sorry for hearing this

by micro$oft, Thursday, December 21, 2006, 11:02 (4082 days ago) @ micro$oft

He wants MS office to correct your "mistakes" automatically so you will buy other MS products and he can make MONEY. However, he has overdone it.

MS Word wastes my time

by unknown, Tuesday, January 02, 2007, 06:02 (4070 days ago) @ MSWordhater

Why don't U try the free OpenOffice (www.openoffice.org)?
It's fully document compatible with Windows Office product. :)

MS Word wastes my time

by Ms. Gates, Sunday, April 01, 2007, 00:46 (3982 days ago) @ unknown

OpenOffice.org isn't quite compatable with Word, but its pretty good. OpenOffice generally reacts to the latest version of Word, so its always a bit behind. However, I have read of coauthored books where one author used Word, the other OpenOffice, and there were no problems.

I understand that the windows patform is meant to be easy to use, so MS tries to make a lot of decisions for the user. But for software that is supposed to increase productivity, its amazing how much Word just gets in the way.

MS Word wastes my time

by Verwustung @, Friday, January 19, 2007, 05:55 (4053 days ago) @ MSWordhater

» MS Word has wasted a lot of my time with the strange decisions it makes
» about how my document should be formatted. I KNOW how I want it formatted
» -- MS Word doesn't have a clue, and it proves that constantly by indenting
» where I don't want an indentation, numbering and bulleting what I don't
» want numbered or bulleted, and generally chewing up my time by requiring
» me to manually undo the lame-brain decisions it makes. Today it did
» something that was the last straw for me with this software-from-hell. I
» swear that I will look for and try many other alternatives to this
» obscenely overpriced garbage. After spending several hours modifying a
» lenghtly document, I accidently tapped a key (don't know which one)that
» deleted my document without confirming that action first. When I re-opened
» it, I was back to my original document without any of the changes included.
» Christ - it even seemed to render the autosave feature useless. Why would
» these jerks at MS program a key that would do that?
»
» I wish that Billy G and his troup of lackies would just put all their
» effort into making an operating system that really works instead of
» releasing their bug infested and Internet-vunerable Windows offerings
» (which are also grossly overpriced). Billy (you a**hole), please stop
» running around buying (with bully tactics) perfectly good software
» companies that show some integrity and honesty (not like Microsoft) then
» turning their products into garbage. Microsoft certainly doesn't have the
» Midas touch -- it has the Misery touch. I hate using MS Word with a
» passion.

You can turn of auto-formatting in the options. Would have taken less time than this post did.

MS Word wastes my time

by Verwustung, Friday, January 19, 2007, 05:56 (4053 days ago) @ Verwustung

» » MS Word has wasted a lot of my time with the strange decisions it makes
» » about how my document should be formatted. I KNOW how I want it
» formatted
» » -- MS Word doesn't have a clue, and it proves that constantly by
» indenting
» » where I don't want an indentation, numbering and bulleting what I don't
» » want numbered or bulleted, and generally chewing up my time by
» requiring
» » me to manually undo the lame-brain decisions it makes. Today it did
» » something that was the last straw for me with this software-from-hell.
» I
» » swear that I will look for and try many other alternatives to this
» » obscenely overpriced garbage. After spending several hours modifying a
» » lenghtly document, I accidently tapped a key (don't know which one)that
» » deleted my document without confirming that action first. When I
» re-opened
» » it, I was back to my original document without any of the changes
» included.
» » Christ - it even seemed to render the autosave feature useless. Why
» would
» » these jerks at MS program a key that would do that?
» »
» » I wish that Billy G and his troup of lackies would just put all their
» » effort into making an operating system that really works instead of
» » releasing their bug infested and Internet-vunerable Windows offerings
» » (which are also grossly overpriced). Billy (you a**hole), please stop
» » running around buying (with bully tactics) perfectly good software
» » companies that show some integrity and honesty (not like Microsoft)
» then
» » turning their products into garbage. Microsoft certainly doesn't have
» the
» » Midas touch -- it has the Misery touch. I hate using MS Word with a
» » passion.
»
» You can turn of auto-formatting in the options. Would have taken less
» time than this post did.

"off," rather.

MS Word wastes my time

by Blapshula, Saturday, February 10, 2007, 03:00 (4032 days ago) @ Verwustung

» » MS Word has wasted a lot of my time with the strange decisions it makes
» » about how my document should be formatted. I KNOW how I want it
» formatted
» » -- MS Word doesn't have a clue, and it proves that constantly by
» indenting
» » where I don't want an indentation, numbering and bulleting what I don't
» » want numbered or bulleted, and generally chewing up my time by
» requiring
» » me to manually undo the lame-brain decisions it makes. Today it did
» » something that was the last straw for me with this software-from-hell.
» I
» » swear that I will look for and try many other alternatives to this
» » obscenely overpriced garbage. After spending several hours modifying a
» » lenghtly document, I accidently tapped a key (don't know which one)that
» » deleted my document without confirming that action first. When I
» re-opened
» » it, I was back to my original document without any of the changes
» included.
» » Christ - it even seemed to render the autosave feature useless. Why
» would
» » these jerks at MS program a key that would do that?
» »
» » I wish that Billy G and his troup of lackies would just put all their
» » effort into making an operating system that really works instead of
» » releasing their bug infested and Internet-vunerable Windows offerings
» » (which are also grossly overpriced). Billy (you a**hole), please stop
» » running around buying (with bully tactics) perfectly good software
» » companies that show some integrity and honesty (not like Microsoft)
» then
» » turning their products into garbage. Microsoft certainly doesn't have
» the
» » Midas touch -- it has the Misery touch. I hate using MS Word with a
» » passion.
»
» You can turn of auto-formatting in the options. Would have taken less
» time than this post did.

By the time that a file, (any MS Office application post-'97) is opened, it's already 'formatted'. '1-2' becomes 'Jan-01', then when 'unformatted' becomes something like '3,7889.00', (I'm talking about Excel), but Word is just as bad, it all just keeps getting bigger, and slows down productivity in every office environment, (not MS Office, but offices where people work).

The 'intuitive' features would be fine, I suppose, for the people who programmed them, but they are a continueing pain in the productivity for a lot of companies.

I'd love to switch to something else, but compatibility of files is problematic, (MS Word 2007 doesn't even deal with .rtf very well anymore, although Mac is equally to blame - openoffice.org was a good try, but java sucks, and it just doesn't work very well anymore).

Office software is supposed to improve working environments, increase productivity, and generally make life easier - typewriters may yet make a comeback at this rate.

MS Word wastes my time

by Ms. Gates, Sunday, April 01, 2007, 00:53 (3982 days ago) @ Verwustung

» You can turn of auto-formatting in the options. Would have taken less
» time than this post did.

Of course, that doesn't account for all the other ways Word gets in the way. Its not just auto-format.

One thing that really bugs me is how often MS changes their document formats. as a general rule, internal formats are the last thing a software company would change, in order to provide compatability across versions. But MS seems to change formats with every release, which is just not good computer science. Great for the marketing staff, though.

Problem is, I have a bunch of files I created with earlier versions of windows that I can't even import now. To get them back,I would have to hand edit all of them to remove the control characters.

And I especially liked the fact that on WinME, both WordPad and Word files had DOC extensions. How cosmically stupid that is, I mean assuming you're trying to write good software.

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