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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

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

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

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

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

Return not advancing to next line on Word for Mac

Okay, gang: I'm typing a very long document on Word for Mac (I'm on page 48). Everything has been working fine until now, but as of about thirty minutes ago, hitting return doesn't advance the cursor to the next line. It just jumps about four spaces away from the end of the sentence, as though I had hit tab. But when I start typing, the word immediately jumps to the next line below. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Jul 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Word doesn't get the (insertion) point - style shortcuts at end of word

In Mac Word 2011 - When editing a block of existing text, with the insertion point at the end of newly typed word, using command-B or command-I seems to style the word preceding the insertion point, and that I just applied styles to, rather than turning the styles off for the word I am about to type. Can this behavior be altered? [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus on May 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Does this feature which exists for Word for Windows exist in Mac Word?

If I'm using Word for Windows, I can double click at the bottom of a page to create one big page. But if I double click at the bottom of a document inside Word on MacOS it opens up the footer prompt. Does Word for Mac have a similar "join pages" feature?
posted by professor plum with a rope on Jan 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Could you help me with my Applescript?

I am trying to batch convert a bunch of MS Word documents via Pages on my Mac. I have an Applescript that I believe will work, but I am getting hung up on a dialog box, and I am trying to see if someone could proofread the script for me. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Bring back the .doc

I am getting the following error when trying to save in .doc format in Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac (v. 14.2.0): "the save failed due to out of memory or disk space". I can open .docs, but can only save as .docx. This happens with brand new documents and old ones. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on May 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Where'd all my fonts go, Word?

Just upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard. Suddenly Microsoft Office 2008 isn't seeing all 1900 of my fonts -- and some of the usual defaults are gone! What the hell happened and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Apr 6, 2012 - 9 answers

PDF display problems

PDFs created in Word opening strangely on recipient's computer. Help? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling on Jan 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Holy jumping notes, Batman

When I am working with notes (footnotes and endnotes) in Word for Mac 2011, there is some glitch that sometimes causes all the notes to disappear, or for my cursor to jump pages (up or down). [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on Jan 25, 2012 - 1 answer

Word 2004 to Word 2011

Switching from Word for Mac 2004 to Word for Mac 2011. Formatting and compatibility issues. Really truly clueless. Help? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Line spacing in Word for Mac vs. Windows?

Why does my one-pager in Word for Mac become a two-pager when I open it up in Word for Windows? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Jun 15, 2011 - 16 answers

What happened to Word?

Suddenly and out of the blue, when I try to open Microsoft Word documents, even ones that I opened a few days ago, I can't. Help! Please! [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 on May 27, 2011 - 10 answers

How do I turn off the "Final Showing Markup" feature on Microsoft Word 2011 when the document is initially opened?

How do I turn off the "Final Showing Markup" feature on Microsoft Word 2011 when the document is initially opened? [more inside]
posted by bengalsfan1 on Apr 12, 2011 - 8 answers

free mac app for no-hassle, spoken-word audio recording?

mac filter: (free) app for quick, easy mp3 audio recording of spoken word? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Dec 27, 2010 - 9 answers

christmas list card printing awesomeness

Has anybody got a Microsoft Word for Mac greeting card template for A4? I want to print two a5 cards on a piece of a4, guillotine that, and then fold those into a6 cards.
posted by By The Grace of God on Oct 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Why doesn't the restored window come to the front?

My wife has a Macbook with OS 10.5.7 that she got from her school (she's a teacher). Sometimes she'll have a number of word documents open and some of them will be minimized. She'll be looking at a word document and decide she wants to restore one of the minimized word documents, but when she does, the window she restores goes behind the window that's open instead of coming to the front. [more inside]
posted by SeeTheTurtle on Aug 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Find missing text in MS Word 2004 on a Macbook

Argh! Just pressed don't save on MS word (2004 for Mac - Macbook OSX 10.6.3) and now trying to locate autosaved previous versions of document. Help!!! More incompetence inside.... [more inside]
posted by you're only jung once on Apr 26, 2010 - 4 answers

How many unique words?

How can I determine how many unique words and how many repetitions are in a text? [more inside]
posted by OLechat on Dec 3, 2009 - 21 answers

Formatting Differences in MS Word on Windows vs Mac

How consistent is MS Office between Windows and OSX? Will using MS Office on my Mac solve this formatting problem I'm having? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Nov 19, 2009 - 13 answers

Trying to print Word documents with a specific preset from the Finder. Impossible?

OS X (10.5) Printing difficulties: Trying to print Word documents with a specific preset from the Finder. Impossible? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Oct 1, 2009 - 3 answers

Mac Address Book to Microsoft Excel?

My main computer is a Mac (iBook) and I use the Address Book and Apple Mail. I also manage the email list for a group, and I need to be able to export the list of email addresses to either Excel (preferably) or Word. I haven't figured out how to do that. [more inside]
posted by bibbit on Apr 13, 2009 - 2 answers

Looking for a solution to finding and using special characters.

What is the best, most efficient FREE way to get a bunch of people on the same page with IPA or special character fonts, across platforms? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Dec 12, 2008 - 16 answers

My First Perl Script (TM)

Please help me make a change to multiple .txt files using this funny computer code thing. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Nov 11, 2008 - 31 answers

UnWord Me

Escaping M$ Word, but getting the same formatting... [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Sep 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Word 2004 Document Won't Save

Emergency Tech Support: Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac has suddenly become unable to save a document. It says "Too many files are open. Please close a window." Then "Saving the autorecovery file is postponed." Then "Too many files are open. Please close a window." Then "Word has insufficient memory. Would you like to save your document as Rescued Document X?" Nothing works. There's plenty of hard drive space. There are no other open documents. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Dec 6, 2007 - 27 answers

Word Only Offers "Save as Web Page"

MSWordFilter: Why is my only save option "Save as Web Page"? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 on Oct 31, 2007 - 6 answers

Converting Word tables from Mac to Windows

How do I get tables from a Microsoft Word document on a Mac to transfer properly to Word on a Windows computer? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens on Oct 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Strip Metadata on MS Word for Mac?

Microsoft provides this for Windows users to strip metadata from MS Word files, but does not provide one for Mac Word users. Anyone know of a plugin/AppleScript or application that will do this on a Mac?
posted by eustacescrubb on Oct 8, 2007 - 1 answer

ClarisWorks on a PC

Opening ClarisWorks Documents on a PC? [more inside]
posted by suasponte on Sep 21, 2007 - 6 answers

all your word belong to us

macfilter/wordfilter: word attachments have suddenly started downloading as something called "securedownload." [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Sep 6, 2007 - 7 answers

Recovering lost files on a mac deleted by overwriting a folder via finder.

Recovering lost files on a mac deleted by overwriting a folder via finder. [more inside]
posted by JulianDay on Aug 30, 2007 - 5 answers

Software Reccomendations: Writing a Paper While Keeping An Outline

Need toms help finding a good program or method for maintaining an outline structure within an essay. As you can tell, I'm having a hard time describing my problem. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Mar 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Looking for a mac word processor with French language support to replace Word

I'm looking for a mac word processor with French language support (spelling and grammar) to replace Microsoft Word 2004. [more inside]
posted by Frankieist on Mar 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Mac version of Insert?

Mac Word Filter: Help me turn off the Mac version of the Insert button. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Feb 25, 2007 - 2 answers

Word slowdown after installing CS2 on Mac.

I recently installed Adobe's Creative Suite CS2 on my MacBook Pro. Since then, I've experienced an almost unbearable slowdown in Word. There must be some connection--anyone else have this problem?
posted by bronxteacher on Dec 17, 2006 - 15 answers

Making PDFs out of Word Docs and Preserving Embedded Links

How can I make a .pdf of a .doc file that maintains the copious hyperlinks in the original MS Word doc on Mac OS 10.4? [more inside]
posted by hwickline on Sep 28, 2006 - 8 answers


I need to send out a fax to about 130 advertising contacts and am looking for either troubleshooting tips or recommendations for faxing software (Mac.) [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Jul 10, 2006 - 6 answers

Why doesn't Word for Mac make a PDF with outside page numbers?

Why does Word 2004 (OS X 10.4.3) freak out when printing a PDF of a document with the "different odd and even pages" pagination setting? How can I convince it that everything is OK? [more inside]
posted by themadjuggler on Apr 12, 2006 - 3 answers

Can I use drop-down menus in Word for Mac?

Menu bar / keyboard control of Word for Mac - is it possible? [more inside]
posted by fearless_yakov on Jan 22, 2006 - 10 answers

Word Notebook View Default Formatting

How can I change the default formatting for Notebook View in Word 2004 (for Mac, of course)? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Dec 12, 2005 - 6 answers

How can I do "track changes" stuff without using Microsoft Word?

How can I do "track changes" stuff without using Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai on Dec 8, 2005 - 11 answers

Mass Cyrillic to Latin translation in Excel?

I need help finding or creating a macro to transliterate Cyrillic characters to their Latin-alphabet, English-language "equivalents" without doing a massive find-and-replace by hand. [more inside]
posted by michaelkuznet on Sep 1, 2005 - 5 answers

Saving files in Word X for Mac

Is there some way to change Word's default file save location? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Apr 9, 2005 - 16 answers

Setting up a spoken word studio environment with a Mac

I have the latest PowerBook G4 and would like to set something up in my home to record spoken word. I'm looking for recommendations on preamps, microphones and maybe software. From what I have read GarageBand can record vocals just fine. Does anyone have any experience they could share on that subject as well? Cost isn't really an issue, but I don't need anything super fancy or complicated.
posted by whatevrnvrmind on Mar 17, 2005 - 7 answers

Converting WordPerfect to Word on my Mac?

Is there a (free and easy) way to convert Word Perfect files into Word documents on my Mac? [MI]
posted by faustessa on Nov 4, 2004 - 11 answers

Microsoft Word Error

All of a sudden, Word's giving me this error when trying to save anything at all, even a new document with one word in it: This operation couldn't be completed, because an error occured. The specified encoding is not supported for this operation (MacOS Error code: -8738). WTF?
posted by dobbs on Sep 24, 2004 - 5 answers

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