Re: intrusive messages in Word XP

Subject: Re: intrusive messages in Word XP
From: "John Fleming" <johntwrl -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 07:30:48 +0000

On Thu, 27 Jun 2002 18:39:13 EDT, while chained to a desk in the scriptorium, DATCC -at- CUNYVM -dot- CUNY -dot- EDU (David Tillyer) wrote:

$Perhaps this has been discussed here before; if so, my apologies.
$Has anyone been able to bypass the very intrusive and disruptive
$message that appears in Word XP when you try to insert a textbox
$or autoshape in a document? (The message takes over the entire
$screen and says something like INSERT YOUR TEXT ELEMENT HERE.)
$I hate to sound like an old grump, but inserting these elements
$has been so simple in the last few versions that I really resent
$this "improvement".

Unfortunately, one of the criticisms of Microsoft (and I think it is a valid criticism) is that they try to be all things to all peiople.

The end result is people like you and like me get annoyed by features that are geared towards the new or ocassional user.

On a plus, this "enhancement" (for lack of a better term) is better than the original "It looks like you are writing a letter" Clippy.

However, my own big beef is this. I would rather see Microsoft put a little more effort into making the features they have work properly rather than just adding new ones

John Fleming
Technical Writer and SAS Programmer
Edmonton, Canada

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