One of the biggest problems with technology is that it becomes obsolete frighteningly quickly. Stall as you might, there comes a day when you simply have to face the dreaded Upgrade. And thereafter comes the head-scratching and hair-pulling questions: “Where’s the button that used to be here? I used to be able to do X,Y, and Z, and now I can’t figure it out. Some of my menu options aren’t even available anymore.”
I’ve just run into a snag myself on Word 2010 while writing one of the modules for Word 4 Writers. One of the tools I talk about is Word’s AutoSummarize feature for pruning a document, but Microsoft have removed this feature from Word 2010. I’m now really glad I’m using 2007 on my laptop, which is where I do most of my writing. But I’m annoyed on behalf of my Word 2010 students who have lost a handy tool simply by being the most up-to-date technology-wise.
This month we’re introducing an “Ask the Word Experts” slot on the first Thursday of each month. If you’ve upgraded Word and you’re missing a tool, or if you have a general Word question, fire away in the comments and I’ll try to find the answer for you. If you know the answer to someone else’s question, feel free to jump in and share your knowledge. Due to time zone differences (I’m in Australia) I will only get online much later in the day for those of you in the U.S., so check back in the evening or tomorrow morning, after you’ve read Kathryn’s post.
Whether or not you have a specific question, I have a question for you:
What version of Word are you using?
Is Word driving you crazy? Then Word 4 Writers is for you. Learn to tame the monster and save your time in front of the screen for writing not fighting. Elsa Neal has been strong-arming Word for 14 years and teaching others to do the same. She is based in Melbourne, Australia.