I am fucking sick of Microsoft Office

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  • Deleted user 19 January 2009 10:20:21
    trying to force me to use American English. Is there any way once and for all to get it to stay set in a British English dictionary, not, the AmericaniZed one.

    The language settings on Microsoft Office > Tools, are all UK defaulted.

    >:- (
  • Spanky 19 Jan 2009 10:25:19 14,473 posts
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    I'm sick of outlook 2007 being a giant fucking memory hog. Whomever coded office 2007 should be destroyed and there genes wiped from the face of the earth.

    Ta

    Plubs

  • dr_swin 19 Jan 2009 10:25:52 4,887 posts
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    Is there any reason why a word document from a vista 64 version of office would be all scrambled on my xp version?
  • nickthegun 19 Jan 2009 10:26:03 59,367 posts
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    You should try using 08 on the mac.

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  • Tonka 19 Jan 2009 10:27:20 20,167 posts
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    Fucking excell

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • jonsaan 19 Jan 2009 10:28:23 25,340 posts
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    I booted 2007 into touch long ago. An invasive pig it was.

    FCUTA!

  • coastal 19 Jan 2009 10:29:53 5,382 posts
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    it's the new ribbon that gets me. how friggin useful was it to hide everything after years of it all being the same place.

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  • Chopsen 19 Jan 2009 10:30:54 15,834 posts
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    /has no issues with MS office.

    Sorry.

    edit: actually, that's bollocks. What costal said.
  • nickthegun 19 Jan 2009 10:31:02 59,367 posts
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    The worst thing about 2007, from a support point of view, is that the new interface seems to confuse the fuck out of people.

    "Wheres page setup?"
    "How do I print?"

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  • Ignatius_Cheese Moderator 19 Jan 2009 10:32:04 10,853 posts
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    jonsaan wrote:
    I booted 2007 into touch long ago. An invasive pig it was.
    This.

    Hated it so much I dropped back to 2003. Far superior and just as secure.

    Why MS felt it was necessary to completely change EVERYTHING that people had become accustomed to I'll never know... And the file formats! Oh GOD the file formats...!
  • Deleted user 19 January 2009 10:35:35
    Outlook is better than it was but it's memory hogging is shocking. Changing the default file formats was a headache too.
  • Chopsen 19 Jan 2009 10:37:37 15,834 posts
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    There's been very little to justify each new iteration of Office since '97, really. For most people, the "improvements" have been irrelevant. In a software package where any user only uses

    edit: most of this post went missing after hitting submit. I can't be arsed retyping it. Just pretend it was a really insightful post about MS' business model regarding Office.
  • JohnnyWashnGo 19 Jan 2009 10:40:15 1,544 posts
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    OpenOffice.org is your friend.
  • TechnoHippy 19 Jan 2009 10:42:05 14,705 posts
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    JohnnyWashnGo wrote:
    OpenOffice.org is your friend.

    That's even worse.

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  • Chopsen 19 Jan 2009 10:42:29 15,834 posts
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    OpenOffice is more of a resource hog and runs slower than office, ime.

  • coastal 19 Jan 2009 10:47:59 5,382 posts
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    i've started to use google docs for simple notes & idea sharing. The sharing system is pretty cool - a simple right click will notify all shared users of document updates.

    yes, i know, probably about 2 years too late to the party

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  • Xerx3s 19 Jan 2009 10:52:41 23,944 posts
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    Spanky wrote:
    I'm sick of outlook 2007 being a giant fucking memory hog. Whomever coded office 2007 should be destroyed and there genes wiped from the face of the earth.

    Ta

    *cough* Thunderbird *cough*

    dr_swin wrote:
    Is there any reason why a word document from a vista 64 version of office would be all scrambled on my xp version?

    Trying to open docx with a pre 07 office?
  • Xerx3s 19 Jan 2009 10:57:31 23,944 posts
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    Yeah, tried open office for a while. They still have a long way to go. It's slower, misses a ton of features and hogs your system resources. It also looks like fucking windows 98.

    Considering that they drastically improved performance of W7, there is a small hope that they will do the same with the next office. Haven't used auto corrections in ages though. Just reread the work and google the words I'm unsure about. That also fixes some of the ubercrap lines I've written at lightning speed in the past.
  • dr_swin 19 Jan 2009 10:58:01 4,887 posts
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    probably? Is that not allowed?
  • Spanky 19 Jan 2009 10:58:46 14,473 posts
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    Xerx3s wrote:
    *cough* Thunderbird *cough*
    It's a work thing tbh, i don't use any sort of offline email client at home.

    Currently i've got outlook using just as much memory as photoshop. :T

    Plubs

  • JohnnyWashnGo 19 Jan 2009 11:02:47 1,544 posts
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    Chopsen wrote:
    OpenOffice is more of a resource hog and runs slower than office, ime.


    I cannot deny that it does take up a ton of resources or that it may be a little slower than the latest version of Microsoft Office. The last version of MS Office I used was Office 2000 so things may have changed.

    The reason I recommended OpenOffice over MS Office is that it is free, it is maintained by developers who listen to the community and usually respond to feature requests and above all, it supports the Internation standard for open document exchange, OOXML.

    So when I hear people complaining about not being able to open MS Office Whatever documents in MS Office something else, I have to point out that if you pay MS for software and use their binary, proprietary file formats then you are pretty much tied to them for life. If you use a nice open standard than it human readable, you will find you dont have so many problems.

    But thats what sells it to me, your mileage may vary.
  • spindizzy 19 Jan 2009 11:06:31 6,435 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    You should try using 08 on the mac.

    *fires dvd into the sun*

    It's godawful isn't it?

    I've totally shifted to using iWork now. It's not perfect either, but Keynote is way better than Powerpoint and this is about all I really use.
  • Xerx3s 19 Jan 2009 11:10:01 23,944 posts
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    dr_swin wrote:
    probably? Is that not allowed?

    docx is a new file format standard, I doubt that older office programs can read it properly.
  • Xerx3s 19 Jan 2009 11:11:06 23,944 posts
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    Spanky wrote:
    Xerx3s wrote:
    *cough* Thunderbird *cough*
    It's a work thing tbh, i don't use any sort of offline email client at home.

    Currently i've got outlook using just as much memory as photoshop. :T

    Yeah, I've seen a lot of companies being outlook exclusive by default. For big companies that makes sense but medium and small companies have plenty of alternatives.
  • nickthegun 19 Jan 2009 11:12:33 59,367 posts
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    But the compatibility patch only goes back so far, I think.

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  • Whizzo 19 Jan 2009 11:13:37 43,061 posts
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    Spanky wrote:It's a work thing tbh, i don't use any sort of offline email client at home.

    Currently i've got outlook using just as much memory as photoshop. :T
    If you're not doing anything too taxing on your Exchange server (assuming you're running Exchange) I'd suggest using Outlook Web Access instead, it does virtually everything without using shedloads of memory. The 2K7 version is very good indeed.

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  • Xerx3s 19 Jan 2009 11:13:39 23,944 posts
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    Aspic wrote:
    I don't have a problem with Office at all over other office apps (although it does of course have its own little really fucking irritating foibles - but then all these programmes do). I even like the new ribbon, once you get used to them they are a load faster than the old toolbars and menus.

    Yeah, the new office has been pretty good but there are some annoying things about it (that they still can't get the corrections settings properly, mine keeps resetting to US-english even though I only write in dutch, german, english and french).
  • Xerx3s 19 Jan 2009 11:15:30 23,944 posts
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    Whizzo wrote:
    Spanky wrote:It's a work thing tbh, i don't use any sort of offline email client at home.

    Currently i've got outlook using just as much memory as photoshop. :T
    If you're not doing anything too taxing on your Exchange server (assuming you're running Exchange) I'd suggest using Outlook Web Access instead, it does virtually everything without using shedloads of memory. The 2K7 version is very good indeed.

    Others like thunderbird can do that as well.
  • Tiger_Walts 19 Jan 2009 11:15:37 16,586 posts
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    There is a way to set Office to use a British English dictionary, I've forgotten exactly how to do it but last time I Googled it.

    /stealth 'use google' post

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  • nickthegun 19 Jan 2009 11:16:04 59,367 posts
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    Its in the dictionaries tool.

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