Print format, however, presents an entirely different set of rules one must abide by – understandable, but I have cursed Word mightily along the way (silently of course as the pondering poodle is very sensitive to bad language). The problems are the ancient gremlins, or maybe the ‘other creatures’ embedded in the stories we’re dealing with. Word gremlins show up when you least expect them to. You innocently create a page number, only to find that Word has autocratically added a line underneath, with no solution that I can see, to eliminate said, unwanted line. It also adds other creepy little techno goblins when you’re not looking, or even when you are, for example, spaces just appear from nowhere, or from outer space perhaps! You check something and think ‘I didn’t put that there’, where the %#*&! did that come from. It’s very disconcerting to say the least. It has not made my life easy.
I often see recent ‘updates’ and ‘improvements’ that Word 2010 has supposedly developed, in which they purport that each little change has made the program ‘easier’ to use. THEY LIE. I have a theory that they just tweak the program a little here and there so they have jobs next week. Why can’t they leave it alone if it works – you know, the old adage – ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. Okay, enough venting; the poodle thinks I’m reacting just a tad too strongly. After all, we survived didn’t we?