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Subject:Re: MS Word: Top 10 do's and don't's?? From:"Metzger, Lucinda" <cmetzger -at- MAIL -dot- DUKANE -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 6 Oct 1997 15:08:17 -0500
My #1 recommendation is to adopt a very simple layout. In particular,
don't try to use columns on your pages. I've spent inordinate amounts of
time trying to get text to flow properly amongst columns.
>From: pewy[SMTP:pewy -at- ICONTROL -dot- COM]
>Sent: Monday, October 06, 1997 1:34 PM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: MS Word: Top 10 do's and don't's??
>Help me. Please.
>I have been working for the past 3+ years at a computer company that used
>PageMaker for its manuals and tech bulletins. Now several of our
>projects are migrating to MS Word (don't ask, please).
>I know from skimming the list that Word can be awful ... but what are the
>best ways to minimize the problems? (Staying away from the Master
>document? Avoiding the Page layout view?) I'll have the opportunity to
>set up the templates and such anyway that I like, and I'd like to do this
>with as little fuss and as little disaster potential as possible.
>Thanks for your help!
>pewy -at- icontrol -dot- com
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