I have a bunch of old word processing files created in the early to mid 1990s. I can no longer open them without turning them into a jumble of unformatted text and symbols, and I'm hoping there's some kind of amazing program that can both identify old file types and then convert them to a current program.
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posted by bassomatic
on Sep 13, 2014 -
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 -
I'm writing a book that will contain around 200 photographs and their captions. What program should I use to write it? Microsoft Word is annoying when it comes to photos (and everything else). I like Scrivener but am not sure it's the best for a photo-heavy, text-light project. I'm on a Mac.
posted by The corpse in the library
on Mar 20, 2014 -
I am working on student materials for classes that I and others will be teaching. We have a need for a "teacher version" of the student materials that consists of the student materials with teaching notes inserted in various places. Currently, I have been doing this by making handwritten notes on my copy of the student materials for a given lesson. Is there a better solution for this? [more inside]
posted by greenmagnet
on Nov 14, 2013 -
Surely there are some more sophisticated programmers' tools for storing and comparing multiple drafts, or versions, of a written document. Might we use those tools, to study written work, or to keep track of versions both linear and non-linear? Authors, editors, literary scholars, archivists: all eventually have to do work with multiple versions of a text. Can the existing tools be made more readily available to them? [more inside]
posted by dylan_k
on Jul 31, 2013 -
I have a half dozen word documents, each with a heap of endnotes. I need to reconcile them into one big document with all endnotes at the end of the document. What I would like to do is preserve the numbering by chapter: notes on chapter 1 (what was the first document) numbered 1-50, notes on chapter 2 (what was the second document) numbered 1-40, etc. What's the most efficient way to do this? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow
on May 18, 2013 -
I'm looking for an OS X word processing program/app that will allow me to format pages for extensive marginal comments. Pages doesn't appear to allow this type of formatting. Some years ago, I tried doing this on Word 10.x and was driven close to madness by the fact that the marginal comments would shift up, down and onto adjoining pages, apparently at will. I was wondering if there are any other not hugely expensive options out there. Thanks.
posted by the sobsister
on Sep 30, 2012 -
Am about to buy crappy (but shiny refurbished) Lenovo laptop for my writer bro. Because he's been wanting to devote a single alienatingly bare-bones machine to ONLY word processing, rather than continuing (and failing) to get stuff done on the distractingly multitasking Mac he currently has. (He uses Scrivener and occasionally Open Office rather than MS Word.) Are crappy laptops able to handle super-heavy word-processing? [more inside]
posted by taramosalata
on Apr 2, 2012 -
Microsoft Word with chapters and numbered subsections: I was a good boy and wrote my dissertation draft with well-organized hierarchical headings. Now that I am going back to fine-tune the format, the numbering has gone completely haywire, the spacing is off, and I am literally pulling out my hair trying to fix it. I don't even know where to look for help. [more inside]
posted by imposster
on Feb 27, 2012 -
Is there a way to write a script that makes something happen outside
of MS Word as a result of an event that occurs within
Word? [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Jan 23, 2012 -
Android tablet: I have ASUS Transformer with keyboard. However, the keyboard is of limited utility to me because there isn't a word processing app that actually does spell check. I find that unbelievable.
What do you do? How does that work for you?
posted by driley
on Dec 26, 2011 -
What Linux-compatible word processor should I be using? Looking for a LibreOffice/OpenOffice alternative... [more inside]
posted by Jeanne
on Sep 1, 2011 -
How can I hide page numbers in Word 2004? At the moment the document is broken into three sections using the section->break->next page feature. I want the numbers of the first section to stay hidden. I have searched & tried all the directions I could find, but nothing seems to be working. I'm using a MacBook, if that matters.
posted by bibliophibianj
on Aug 30, 2011 -
Another "What program should I use for writing in the humanities" question. I'm considering Mellel + Bookends, Scrivener, LyX, or just keeping my LaTeX, which I know is weird because I'm writing in the humanities. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu
on Aug 24, 2011 -
I've been using computers for fifteen years at this point, and I still don't understand the difference between UTF-8 and ASCII. For someone who works primarily in Linux and likes to read, write and manipulate text, but doesn't care much about non-standard symbols, what's the functional difference between UTF-8 and ASCII, and what do I need to know about these two systems in order to choose what to save my text files in and how to prevent my documents from getting screwed up?
posted by Apropos of Something
on Aug 19, 2011 -
I have several lengthy documents I'm editing for a book. The author scanned his hard copy and ran the result through an OCR program. The OCR omitted most of the periods. Is there a way to make Microsoft Word 2000 or OpenOffice Writer 3 put the periods where they go, or am I doomed to putting them in as I edit?
posted by bryon
on Sep 25, 2010 -
Creating labels using a database in Open Office: peculiar twist and can't figure out the solution. [more inside]
posted by artifarce
on Jun 13, 2010 -
I need to write a macro to reformat daily reports, which can't be changed upstream, using regex and global replace. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack
on Mar 15, 2010 -
How can I (quickly) globally replace text in word with a footnote (or anything from my clipboard)? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe
on Oct 10, 2009 -
Is there a word count program that you can set to measure the number of words typed in a period of time rather than the number of words that appear on the page? [more inside]
posted by carmen
on Aug 17, 2009 -
Word2007Filter: A MS Word 2007 document has decided that it wants to insert a dotted line marker (small squares across the page) before and after a block quotation...twice, and only twice. What on earth is this? More to the point, how do I get rid of it? Erasing and retyping the quotation doesn't help, so it clearly has something to do with a mysterious local formatting command. No enlightenment from either Google or Help (help!). My book manuscript will thank you.
posted by thomas j wise
on Jul 10, 2009 -
How do I number individual tables in Word2007? (I don't mean numbering cells, or inserting captions). The numbering on my dissertation is now all screw up! [more inside]
posted by mateuslee
on Apr 18, 2009 -
MS Word formatting issue: it applies any changes to entire document. How do I make Word only apply formatting changes to the selected text? [more inside]
posted by sulaine
on Mar 12, 2009 -
Make writing more satisifying with sound effects! *Tahtikkatakkatahtakkatikkatitakkatahtitakkatitatakka-ka-CHUNG* [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier
on Oct 27, 2008 -
Name. Tab. Phone number. This creates two columns. One for name and one for phone number, except--when someone has a really long name that goes past the tab setting and impinges on the phone number area.
Is there some sort of tab setting that will make that long name wrap around, creating a second line within its own name area?
For the record, I know I could use a table to do exactly this, but I'm reformatting a huge amount of text that is already laid out with tabs. Any advice for this poor sap who accepted the job?
The text is in an InDesign document, but I can copy it to a word processor or anything that would do the trick. Thanks!
posted by largecorp
on Jul 18, 2008 -
I don't like Microsoft Word much; it feels really bloated to me, and has so many features I never use. I've been looking for an alternative for some time. What word processor does the hivemind recommend for academic writing? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche
on Jul 10, 2008 -
Alternatives to SharePoint for multi-user collaboration and version control on Word documents (Word 2004 Mac, 2008 Mac)? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape
on Jun 6, 2008 -
Is there a program that will help to convert a batch (10 to 100) of WordPerfect files into TXT or RTF or DOC format so that they can then be archived into a text management program? [more inside]
posted by yclipse
on May 24, 2008 -
Someone gave me iWork '08 as a gift and I already have MS Office for Mac. I have no experience with iWork. Why would I want to use Pages instead of Word? Why would I want to use Keynote instead of PowerPoint? [more inside]
posted by GardnerDB
on Dec 3, 2007 -
Since I transferred all my data to a new mother board, when I switch from writing emails to writing in Word the 'insert' function changes, that is, if I have been writing an email and something getrs overwritten and I press 'insert' to overcome that, all is good until I switch to Word and the stuff gets overwritten until I press 'insert' and so on, ad infinitum. Is it possible to set the same default for both?
I use Windows XP, and am in South Australia.
posted by Nayano
on Nov 10, 2007 -
Ack! Word has suddenly forgotten my customized bullets-and-numberings settings - but the settings were four years old and I have no idea how to set them right again! [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias
on Sep 27, 2007 -
Word Processor formatting screwy filter: I use a few different word processors from time to time and I try to use .rtf since I understand that is a universal format yet when I load a document in a different word processor the formatting always seems to get screwed up. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop
on Sep 22, 2007 -
In WordPerfect you had the option when underlining, of underlining all words in a sentence including the spaces in between, or just the words. In Microsoft Word you don't seem to have that option. Is there any way in Word that you can underline a sentence, but have the underlines only appear under the letters and not the spaces? Thanks!
posted by america4
on Jul 16, 2007 -
An 80s technology throwback question for you.
A paralegal in our office has an IBM Wheelwriter 50 Series II (6788) typewriter that she uses for all her wordprocessing. It's from 1988. It has a little computer monitor attached to it that accepts 3.5" floppies. I'm trying to help her move to a PC, but she doesn't want to lose all the documents she has stored on these floppies. I've tried reading the floppies with MS Word and Wordperfect on a PC, but it comes up as nonsense. I've also tried using a utility called CanOpener and OmniFlop with no success. Any other ideas on a utility/process to move the documents over to a PC-readable format?
posted by banger100
on Jul 13, 2007 -
Help me with lists in LaTeX! And I'd like some general advice about whether LaTeX and LyX are worth the hassle. [more inside]
posted by Aloysius Bear
on Apr 23, 2007 -
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 -
Does anyone know where to find or buy the software WriterTools for the Alphasmart 3000 or enable a word count feature? [more inside]
posted by zymurgy
on Aug 8, 2006 -
WordPerfect help: I can't make it default to a regular tab instead of a hard indent tab when I hit the tab key in a manual outline (you know, typing 1. &c--there is a reason I'm doing the outline this way, and yes, I know how to set the automatic outline to use the tab and not hanging indent). Suggestions for how to change this setting? The help entries for hard tabs and tab set and the like have not helped.
posted by crush-onastick
on Jun 15, 2006 -