Dear MS Word:

November 10, 2010

If you could make it easier to understand how your program is supposed to work or at least make the user interface more intuitive for a person like me that would be great.

Until then….

I’ll break my document into sections using the Insert Menu – Break- Section Break (New Page) command for each section. Then I’ll do the same thing for the first page of each section that does not require a page number. I’ll make sure that the sections are not linked by clearing the Link to Previous check box in the formatting palette. (Although, that should really be a preference when creating a header as the formatting palette dialogue box doesn’t open automatically.) Next I’ll enter the correct number on the second page of each section. Last I’ll delete the garbage that was left in the upper left hand corner of the first page of each section that was left in there because the Link to Previous check box is turned on by default when a new section is created and a new header is being added.

Is there a way that would be more direct? Am I crazy?

A note to my colleagues. Formatting a dissertation will take less time if you for some reason feel like searching internet forums, chatting with computer savvy people, and just poking around for two days before you try to apply anything to a large document.



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