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Dude, where's my document?

Microsoft Word is one buggy piece of software. I've been using it heavily for the last week or so. Seemingly non-determinisstic style inheritance? Documents that jump from half a meg to 30 megs when you insert some Visio diagrams? Table of contents refresh that inlines images? And just what is going on with the bullet points?

It's the only application I use that when it crashes, can force me into a hard reboot of Windows, a la the Nineties. I should see if someone has our ported our company templates to Open Office.

August 5, 2004 08:25 PM


Hadley Wickham
(August 5, 2004 11:07 PM #)

Strangely enough, I've had fewer problems using Word's XML format - fewer crashes, smaller documents (and they compress much better). Unfortunately there's not much you can do about the god-awful bullet points. However, if you're using the list bullet style make sure you turn off "Automatically update" in the style dialog. This will stop some craziness when indenting etc lists.

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