RE: Fun with Word

Subject: RE: Fun with Word
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Paul Hanson" <phanson -at- Quintrex -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2008 15:33:10 -0400

Paul Hanson admitted out loud, and with little apparent shame:

> I like Word except when it does stuff that makes no sense.
> I had to replace the phrase "Client Relations Specialist" with
> Manager." I searched my network drive where I store all my docs
> and found ~80 Word docs with "Client Relations Specialist."
> I went through each, replaced "CRS" with "AM" in all docs, recreated
> PDFs.
> I then did another search for "Client Relations Specialist" in the
> directory - I should have 0 hits - before moving on to the next thing
> my list.
> Windows search found 3 Word docs. Opened each doc. Searched for
> "Relations" and no hits in any of the three docs.
> I saved the docs - thinking the search of the network drive may just
> been out-of-date - an opened a new Search window.
> Same thing.
> I changed the view in Word in each doc to be "Final Showing Markup."
> I have comments visible.
> I clicked the little paragraph symbol. I clicked to have hidden text
> display.
> Searched again.
> Same thing. Three docs show up as having "Client Relations Specialist"
> inside it.
> I like Word except when it does stuff that makes no sense.

I too have had such disagreements between Windows search function and
"stuff that I will allow you to see without the secret password".
Obviously such a thing would occur only because you chose not to grok
the inner workings of Word, to apprehend in a moment of self-directed
enlightenment the entirety of the beast. You failed, miserably, at the
necessary omniscience.

You know, whenever people on this list utter remarks to the effect that
"good documentation can't make up for bad design" and "the interface of
a properly designed program/device" should never allow the user to break
the device or to get into trouble that s/he can't get out of using the
interface", I have to laugh (which means I'm sometimes laughing at

Almost invariably, the person will be a Word user. Does a week go by
that somebody's tale of Word-woe is not answered by at least one person
suggesting "well you can't do/fix it via the menus, but if you know

I'll bet that if one knows enough VB and is hot enough with macros, one
could practically dispense with Word itself and still get the job

One and one and one is ... we...


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