REVIEW - Word Annoyances - How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Favorite Word Processor


Word Annoyances

How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Favorite Word Processor


Guy Hart-Davis



O'Reilly (2005)




Francis Glassborow


December 2005



I will keep this short because this book is off topic for programmers, though as many of you use Word you may be interested in this book.

The book is aimed at long-term users of MS Word who are happy to customise the version they are using.

For example, there are four items in the section on menus; Display Full Menus (how to display a full menus immediately, both on a once off basis and always), Prevent Menu Items from Changing Position (how to remove the default setting of personalised menus), Cut Menus Down to Size (how to remove - and add - entries from a menu) and Create a Work Menu. That last item has proved very useful to me because it showed me how to create a menu that contains documents (e.g. mail merge files) that I use often. Relying on the recently used list breaks down when I have just worked through a bundle of documents and thereby lost the direct route to documents that I use frequently.

This is a good book for the experienced user of MS Word who would like to browse through fixes to annoyances (some of which s/he might not even realise could be fixed).

Book cover image courtesy of Open Library.

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