[Pdx-pm] Word Annoyances Needed for New Book

Josh Heumann perl-pm at joshheumann.com
Tue Nov 16 01:48:38 CST 2004

See forwarded email.

PS. Ovid's code and other goodies coming soon.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Word Annoyances Needed for New Book
From: Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com>
Date: Mon, November 15, 2004 1:10 pm

Dear User Group Leader:

O'Reilly is pulling together a new book called "Word Annoyances" and,
once again, we'd like your help! As you might guess, "Word Annoyances"
ponders the problems, snarls, quirks, bugs, and just dumb things about
Word that drive users nuts. The annoyances will encompass a range of
topics: general misbehavior, creating and saving documents, text entry
and editing, formatting and layout, printing, tables, macros, etc.

Word is the most ubiquitous--and probably the most annoying--word
processor on the planet. If any members of your group have annoyances
they'd like to see solved, have them email marsee at oreilly.com with "Word
Annoyances" in the subject line. Just have them note what version of
Word and Windows they're using.

As always, thanks for sharing. We'll make sure to get copies of "Word
Annoyances" sent to your group shortly after publication.



An example:

The Annoyance
The wretched animated paper clip keeps appearing every time I try to get
help from Office, and sometimes even when I'm just working. How can I
get rid of it?

The Fix
Some people love the Office Assistant characters--Clippit (the paper
clip), Rocky the Dog, the Office Cat, the Genius, Mother Nature--but
I've never met these people. Everyone who mentions the Office Assistant
wants to get rid of it. And anyone enthusing about the wonders of Merlin
is a good candidate for the target end of a fire-hose demonstration.

To prevent the Office Assistant from appearing, right-click the Office
Assistant character that's currently bugging you and click Properties on
the shortcut menu. On the Options tab of the Office Assistant dialog
box, clear the Use The Office Assistant check box. Click OK.

What if you want the Office Assistant back? Simply choose Help > Show
The Office Assistant, and the brute is back with you. Invoking the
Office Assistant like this selects the Use The Office Assistant check
box on the Options tab of the Office Assistant dialog box, so you'll
need to clear this check box when you want peace and quiet again.

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