This is an experiment. Recently Microsoft Office Word quit working. It starts to open and then crashes. I tried various options including restarting my computer and running a repair program. Nothing worked. I have Windows 10 (“upgraded” from Seven) a couple of years ago, and run ZoomText 10.1 for accessibility. Neither of these are new, although the programs are set to automatically update.

This computer is about nine years old.  When I called the vendor who loaded all of the software I was told that they only warrant their computers for three years.  I got a call back a few days later asking about whether I would like to buy a new computer.

For those of you who don’t have Windows 10 it is different; not necessarily better, than previous versions of Windows. Microsoft would like everyone to subscribe to Windows 365 which would automatically update their software and drivers. I have resisted. I like one-time charges.

I didn’t appeal to them for a fix except for the repair program.

When I first started using a computer at work it came with Corel's Word Perfect.  The hospital system decided to make software uniform, removed Word Perfect and substituted Word.  I like Word Perfect better.

I am writing this with “Writer”, part of LibreOfficeSuite an open source free ware pack of software similar and in some ways compatible with MS Word. I can now open previously created Word docs in Writer.

What I have noticed writing this in Writer is that hard returns don’t skip a line so paragraphs are not separated without a double return. There may be a setting change for this. Also, Writer has a default style. This is it. The icons at the top of the page look familiar. The default font is something called Liberation serif, 12 point, which I have never heard of. It looks “standard”.

This is ‘ink free’ also unknown to me ‘til now, and this is Comic Sans MS which is my usual font. I’m experimenting with this in order to see which, if any, of this will load on OurSalon’s page.

I’ve included the above image from a URL in order to see if there are any issues with links being copied.

It looks like everything has worked.

Does anyone else use this software?  If so, have you had any issues, and what were the fixes?

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Comment by alsoknownas on December 13, 2018 at 6:46am

Ever since my last Windows 10 "automatic update", the space bar only functions on the left side. My self taught right thumb is perplexed as to what to do, and I have to check all the timeoritturnsoutlikethis.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 13, 2018 at 7:01am

aka, I transitioned from an electric typewriter to a computer keyboard and don't even know what does what with my hands.  Now that I'm checking, I'm a right thumb 'spacer' too.  I don't know whether Ms. Thweet, my typing teacher taught that or I just worked it out.

Ron, what's e c.f.?  A few days after I upgraded I got an emergency message from the V.A. telling me NOT to update because it was not compatible with Zoom Text.  Parts of it - like Edge - still aren't.  M.S doesn't care.  It is our problem.

A quick search on 'help' sites revealed that Word quit working for a number of people after a recent Windows update.

Google has come up with a blank page after a search for a while now in Firefox, but not in Internet Explorer.  If I go to the options page in Firefox and disable all add-ons Google will work for a couple of days and then it doesn't. Arghhh.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 13, 2018 at 7:39am

Years back my computer guy told me: NOT go to Windows 10 no matter what. 

I listened and I am grateful. 

Comment by Ron Powell on December 13, 2018 at 1:13pm

That's pretty much how Microsoft got everyone to "buy into" Windows 10....

(That  "e cf" was some kind of extraneous typo...)

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 13, 2018 at 2:54pm

Jon, you told me not to do it back then.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 13, 2018 at 4:42pm

Back in the day, I used WordPerfect, which was infinitely superior to Word. Had to reluctantly convert for reasons of compatibility with family, friends and business endeavors. However, today there are viable options, including the one I'm using to type this: Open Office.  OO allows one to save documents in Word extensions, and there is nothing I have so far found that it lacks. Your mileage may vary.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 13, 2018 at 4:46pm

As for fonts, this is also less of a problem than it used to be, but keep in mind, the font you choose may not be available on the recipients computer. In that case, the receiving computer will substitute and that may screw considerably with your formatting, if any. The safest way to avoid this problem is to use fonts that are standard on most every machine ... Times, Arial, and Georgia are some obvious examples.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 13, 2018 at 7:23pm

Tom, I read something today about serifs. The statement was made that people read fonts with serifs (those little lines at the end of lines) more easily than sans serif fonts. For me, and for most visually impaired people, sans serif fonts are easier. Those serifs are just visual clutter to us. So, I pick more standard sans serif fonts. If it shows up differently on the other end it's OK. I just need to be able to read what I'm writing.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 13, 2018 at 10:54pm

That used to be the case -which is one reason Times was so popular, but I don't believe it is any longer. Modern sans serif fonts are probably more readable. That's one reason Arial is so common. Helvetica is another very common sans serif font.

Comment by Boanerges on December 14, 2018 at 8:56am

For what it's worth, I started in newspapers on a tripewriter that had last been used to send frontline messages from the Battle of Austerlitz. Graduated to a Selectric in the mid-70s, then to a primitive word-processing tool in the newsroom. Thought, "Whoa -- this changes everything." So, since Red was freelancing at the time, we bought a Commodore 64 and haven't looked back.

Nowadays, I'm on Windows 7, which is OK, and won't change until this computer dies (a nifty little program called "Never 10" ensures I no longer get those annoying prompts to "upgrade").

For word processing, I use a smart, simple little freeware program called "Crypt Edit", which is swell for most needs. Also mounted Open Office, an open source program with more features. If I want to get real fancy, I boot up Microsoft Word Starter 2010, which came with the computer.


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