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Word Table Formatting Hell

Some, but not all, tables in a long Word document I am working on keep reverting to various utterly strange formats, with missing text, mis-sized cells, and new cells within cells. [more inside]
posted by roofus on Nov 30, 2015 - 10 answers

Non-cloud Google docs

What's a good non-cloud collaborative software alternative to Google docs? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Nov 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Recommendations for a Word-compatible OSX word processor?

Having finally run out of patience with having to install a massive security fix every time I want to use Word for Mac 2011, I'm querying the Hive Mind for recommendations for an OSX word processor that can also open/save .doc or .docx files. [more inside]
posted by soundguy99 on Nov 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Microsoft Word, I am breaking up with you

After several years writing markup in a text editor, I find myself doing some work further up the editorial chain, where the tool of choice is Word. I hate it. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on Sep 4, 2015 - 11 answers


Can anyone answer the question posed in this blog post? Namely, what is the etymology behind the choice of kanji for the word for Australia?
posted by Quilford on Aug 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Visuals that come to mind?

I am trying to create symbols and images that children can associate with certain words. Can you help me come up with all the visuals that come to mind for the words "advisor" and "luxury" (these are the two that I am stuck on because of how complex and non-accessible for children they can be)?
posted by omar.a on Jul 27, 2015 - 19 answers

I hate change, how to REVERT to OLD Google DRIVE and Word 2010 layout

The first issue is pretty basic, I no longer see the 'go back to the old google drive' option? Is it there somewhere? How can I switch back? Also, just updated to Word 2013 in Windows 7, but I like the page layout better in Word 2010, anyone know what I am talking about and how to get that layout back? it just looks weird in 2013- can't put my finger on it yet, but its ticking me off as I do not like change (I know, I know, but humor me).
posted by TRUELOTUS on Jul 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Creative wedding word play - Show me what you've got!

I'm an uncreative person. I'm seeking some of your imaginative love related word play for two wedding items. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on May 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Word 2008 suddenly not working on Yosemite Mac

Word 2008 has stopped opening on my mid-2012 Macbook Pro, running Yosemite 10.10.3. Just bounces a couple times in the dock and then hangs; Microsoft Error Reporting hangs too. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on May 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Words and their lesser-known meanings

Help me find very common words with secondary, uncommon definitions. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on May 21, 2015 - 68 answers

What is this Chinese website?

When I click on the 'Manage Account' button in the Account settings menu in my copy of Word 365, it launches a new web page - stores.office.com - where I can then log-in to my account. All straightforward. But at the same time a separate tab is also launched for the site www.59e.com, which is all in Chinese. What is this? I'm in the UK, using Firefox.
posted by srednivashtar on May 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Directory Mail Merge to Email Messages?

I have a spreadsheet that has students’ names and their class schedules. We want to be able to email the class schedule to the students using an email mail merge. I am willing to use Excel/Word or Google Docs/Sheets. I think I have figured out how to use a directory mail merge in Word to print the schedules, but we really need to email the schedules to the students instead of print them. [more inside]
posted by allison00 on Apr 30, 2015 - 10 answers

How to organize email from a particular sender?

With my gmail account I am in frequent contact with a particular individual. So frequent that our emails are kind of a mess, and I want to know if I can organize them in any way. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Feb 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me figure out how to convert various files on a Mac.

How do I convert from Word 94 to Word 2010 when I can't get the original files to open? How do I convert Powerpoint files to Keynote? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Jan 27, 2015 - 9 answers

The "visual onomatopoeia" for words like sizzling, hot, chilly, etc.

Sometimes, on restaurant menus or in other media that I'm not recalling at the moment, the text styling will reflect the meaning of the word. Examples off the top of my head: sizzling, hot, chilly. Here's an example in an advertisement. What would you call this phenomenon? The most apt description I can come up with is visual onomatopoeia, but is there a better word for this?
posted by arsgratia on Jan 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Whither "catch"?

"Nice catch!" you'll think, realizing that I deserve kudos for noticing that this question is hard to find an answer to. But where does the phrase "nice catch" come from? Why is noticing and identifying a thing a "catch"? When was this first used and whence did it come?
posted by TheNewWazoo on Jan 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me outline in Word

MS Word Outline filter I need to create a long, detailed outline with 4-5 levels. Word’s own outline function is horrifying: different fonts, sizes, colors, all designed to cause seizures... [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead on Dec 10, 2014 - 9 answers

I (Heart) Rebuses

I love rebuses! Is there a webpage or book that has tons of them? I've googled, but have come up short.
posted by matkline on Dec 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Need free word processing program without a virus

I just picked up an ASUS laptop for 100 bucks at a Black Friday sale. Now I need to continue the cheapskate theme with free word processing. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Dec 2, 2014 - 17 answers

How to Familiarize Myself With Words I Already Know

I have a list of several hundred words which I often forget to use in conversation or in writing (I compiled it by jotting down words I've found myself fishing for). I know their definitions, but I'd like to better familiarize myself with them, so they're more in the "front of my mind" and I don't have to eternally fish for them (e.g. astringent, banal, lascivious, subsume, criteria, duress, affectation). [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Nov 25, 2014 - 15 answers

Saved a bad version of an OpenOffice/Word 97 file, can't undo it. Help?

I was working on a Word 97 doc in OpenOffice Writer, and apparently I somehow deleted a huge section and then clicked "save". As soon as I realized the mistake I started frantically clicking "undo," but apparently this mistake goes back farther than OO will let me undo. It seems like there must be some way to access my previous saved versions of this file, but I'm having zero luck. Can you really save a file wrong just ONCE and lose your work for good? [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Nov 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Document conversion

How to turn 23 PDFs of at least 65 pages each, in column format, created in QuarkXpress into Word, without having the text made into nonsense by Word deciding there's only one column when there are sometimes two and a pull quote. Any ideas? (Getting Quark is not an option). [more inside]
posted by b33j on Oct 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Converting LaTex to HTML or Word

I have a complex document in LaTex/PDF format that I want to make available to others in a more accessible Word or HTML format. [more inside]
posted by sindark on Oct 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Hot as a synonym for spicy?

Do any other languages use hot as a synonym for spicy? Examples of spicy in other languages with etymology / literal translation are welcome
posted by shaqlvaney on Sep 25, 2014 - 23 answers

A word for someone who is a follower of trends

Can you think of a single word for a person or organisation who aspires to follow new trends and fashions? Not "hipster", which is in the ballpark, but closer to the business idea of a "fast follower"? Doesn't need to have negative connotations.
posted by dontjumplarry on Sep 18, 2014 - 29 answers

What does it mean "majors in the minors"

Is it referring to music cord or in college degree (like major in chemistry, minor in music). overall, it seems to refer the kind of mistake that take the minor thing and inappropriately treat it as a major thing. Thanks in advance for quick help. I am trying to translate it in Chinese, but didn't fully understand it yet.
posted by akomom on Sep 15, 2014 - 16 answers

How do I play Mad Libs with an Excel spreadsheet and Word doc?

I have a spreadsheet that contains information I want to use to fill out a form, Mad Libs style. Essentially, I'd take each row of the spreadsheet and use the cells to populate a text document. It's not actually in Excel/Word - it's in Libreoffice, if that changes anything. I also need room for conditional if-then statements, because some text may require additional accompanying notes. I tried generating a pdf in Nandeck (card game generation software) but that doesn't work well for formatting text relative to other text, so I'm looking for a better solution.
posted by LSK on Sep 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Trying to remember Latin-y word meaning place of death and destruction.

Trying to recall word used in TV show Bones, meaning place of death and destruction, maybe with connotation/denotation of incineration of slaughterhouse. I think it ended in -orium. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Aug 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Does anybody know how to make facing pages in Microsoft Word?

I don't just mean in page view. I am translating a book and would like to produce a dual-language book with the original on the left and the translation on the right, like in the Loeb library and so forth. I can sort of do this with two columns, but they're not really independent. (If I keep typing in one, it'll eventually bleed into the other.) [more inside]
posted by Opengreen on Jul 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Mysterious lines in my word document giving me agita help help help

Wrote a Thing on a google docs app on iPad; transferred it to word document on Mac, and there are a few solid lines like "____________" that will not disappear, regardless of what I move around and try to delete. How to fix? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Jul 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for best practices for creating a "living" manual

My co-workers and I have created a "living" (continually updated) manual for some processes we do with some associated agencies, but none of us are technical writers or copy editors, so we're looking for assistance in the structure and appearance. Please share your experiences, guides, and tutorials for creating and managing a manual that won't remain in a fixed form. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Where does 'verse originate?

Where does the elision of universe to 'verse originate? I know it from the television show Firefly (aired late 2002) and recently noticed it used casually in The Chronicles of Riddick (released mid-2004), but it seemed unlikely that the screenwriter would appropriate a bit of slang connected to someone else's failed project from barely a year earlier. It seems to me I have heard it again since, but I cannot recall where. I read very little sf these days; did both these I mention draw it from elsewhere?
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jun 16, 2014 - 12 answers

It's on the tip of someone's tongue

Please help my husband and me find words or phrases (any language!) that describe the sensation of knowing how far you are from home. Not really alienation or nostalgia or being homesick-- just the understanding/realization of the distance. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on May 25, 2014 - 14 answers

Word processing with pictures - how to not go mad?

I've recently started studying again and am now writing essays with many pictures. Attempting this in MS Word and LibreOffice is turning me into a cranky murderous person, are there alternatives that actually work? [more inside]
posted by deadwax on May 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Linking Excel data to Word docs: Portability?

I'm using Excel and Word 2007. Created Excel docs, created Word docs, certain cells in the Excel docs have data that must be embedded in the Word docs. This has been discussed here before, but only the method of creating these links (which was my method) but I'm just checking to see if anybody knows how to make this work when you move the document. All the links appear to be hardcoded absolute links to the Excel doc. Works fine on my PC, breaks on yours. Any way to get this functionality to be portable? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on May 22, 2014 - 3 answers

what basic word processing application for osx would you recommend?

Should be kinda an easy question in 2014, but I’ll ask anyway: What basic word processing (and preferably free/cheap) application have you found most stable/safest and user friendly (for Mac)? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on May 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Not Quite Flipping the Script: Word Help!

Wordsmith assistance. After reading this, I wondered is there a concise word or phrase to best describe a person or situation when Person B is hearing valid criticism, i.e., "You left the front door unlocked," and Person B's response is to not respond to that criticism and to instead point out a flaw of Person A (or anyone else), "Well, you never lock up your bicycle outside." It's kind of tit for tat, kind of flipping the script, kind of misdirection, kind of going on the attack, but I'm looking for something that concisely expresses when someone completely refuses to acknowledge criticism and instead looks for fault in anyone else, but ideally, the person who had the initial criticism. Ideas? The more elegant the better.
posted by kinetic on Apr 26, 2014 - 17 answers

How do I reformat my tabs in Word?

What is the quickest and most accurate way to undo manual tabbing in Word and reformat those lines with paragraph alignment? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Mar 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Workarounds for tracking changes effectively in Scrivener?

I'm a playwright in rehearsals for production of a new script. I wrote it in Scrivener, and am in love with the program except for its lack of effective change-tracking features. Ideally, I'd love to find a way to generate reports on a daily-or-so basis of the changes made to individual lines that I could email out to the whole creative team. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Word 2010 lumping together comments and edits from different reviewers

I created a document in Word 2010 and I am sharing it with two reviewers. When I turn on Track Changes, I can see my edits in one color, and my comments display my initials. But when the reviewers add their edits and comments and send it back to me, their comments end up the same color, and all comments, including mine, are now marked A# (A1, A2, A3). I can't see where my comments end and theirs begin. [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts on Feb 24, 2014 - 9 answers

iPad iDiot

Help me turn my iPad into a work productivity tool. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Feb 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Word on Mac can't handle feedback

Mac Word 2011 (most recent version, 14.3.9) running on most recent version of Mavericks on late 2013 15" retina MacBook Pro crashes whenever opening a document that contains comments or change tracking. A complete uninstall and reinstall of Office did not fix the problem. What gives?
posted by DoctorFedora on Feb 12, 2014 - 1 answer

"Nah, boss; I'm just a speedreader"

Before building my own... does this software exist? I need to search a collection of PDF & Word files for key phrases, and dump the surrounding lines (x-m to x+n characters/lines, where x is the found phrase) into text files. I occasionally need to search a few dozen files for a few dozen data items, which usually have some identifying text nearby. This needs to be automated. Big bonus if it implements OCR, but that's not essential. Freeware, or cheapware, obviously is best. Windows-based is preferable, but I can do Linux.
posted by IAmBroom on Feb 12, 2014 - 9 answers

What is proficiency in Excel and Word?

What do you need to know to be "proficient" in Excel and Word? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Jan 19, 2014 - 14 answers

How to preserve formatting in an MS Word Mail Merge?

Vast quantities of mail merging, need to maintain some semblance of spacing/formatting/tabs/breaks. Help? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Jan 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me with a WORD document in PAGES for iPAD

I'm having problems with the way WORD for iPAD interprets my highlighting passages of a document... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jan 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Is there a word for "one word", like monosyllabic means "one syllable"?

Is there a word for "one word", like monosyllabic means "one syllable"?
posted by mikeand1 on Dec 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Vocabulary buffs: What's the word for this?

What's a word that means you say things to make people believe your intent or mindset is different than it is in order to harm them later without them suspecting you? For example, you might mention in discussion how much stealing disgusts you so that they won't suspect you later when you steal from them. [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator on Nov 30, 2013 - 49 answers

Is there a word for a four year period of time?

I find that I measure time in spans of four years. Is there a good noun that can be used to a four year period of time or four objects in a group? (Wikipedia suggests a tetramer, but I find that answer unsatisfying & am hoping for a better one.)
posted by Going To Maine on Nov 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Is is me, or does Google Docs suck?

As an experiment in avoiding Word, I decided to do our last couple of proposals in Google Docs. It wasn't the worst experience I've ever had, but Docs seems to have one quirk that is driving me nuts. Wondering if it's just me or somebody else has dealt with this and has a solution. [more inside]
posted by COD on Nov 5, 2013 - 12 answers

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