Office 2007

My beloved geek sees to it that the computers and software we use are current and protected. For the most part it doesn’t disrupt my life, and usually I can test drive software on the desktop and decide if I want it on my laptop.

A word to the wise: Test drive software whenever possible.

I upgraded Office on my laptop after playing briefly with Powerpoint. It was not my brightest move, but Eric was on the desktop, I needed to work on a Powerpoint, and Vicky said the new version had new backgrounds, so I popped the disk in. It took less than an hour to figure out the new backgrounds weren’t so great and the new version was different to the point that it was difficult to navigate. I uninstalled, thinking it would revert to the old version; no such luck. Of course, we have the disks for the old version of Office. Where they are is beyond me. They’re not in any of the places they should be, nor are they in off-the-wall places I’ve looked. My only alternative at this point is to stick with 2007. Yes, I know there’s a way to restore the settings to a previous date, but I’m not willing to take the chance of losing data. It’s easier to get used to the new software and keep the cursing to a minimum and under my breath.

The only thing that’s totally chapping my hide at this point, having had a week or two to get used to it, is the Find and Highlight option. I used to be able to search for my weasel words and highlight them in my document, making them easier to spot and change if necessary. In the new version, I can Find and Highlight just fine, but the highlighting shuts off as soon as I hit a key. This does not help me much, other than telling me I have ‘she’ 2,336 times in a 90,000 word document. I even played with it a little to see if I could use Find and underline or change the font size and I haven’t figured out how to make it work.

I’m not terribly desperate yet, but I could become desperate. If anyone knows how to get the highlighting to stay on in Word 2007 until I turn it off, leave a comment. If it works, I’ll send you a copy of “A Writer’s Space: Make Room to Dream, to Work, to Write” by Eric Maisel. If that’s not your cup of tea, I have author copies of “The Dragon’s Lady” upstairs, and I’ll throw in a copy of the “Rogue Pawn” manuscript when I get it back from the beta readers.

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