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Small, cheap laptop with no internet required

I'm looking for a small, inexpensive (<$400) laptop to use from the rainforest in West Africa for data entry and word processing. It seems like since I last looked for this sort of thing, notebooks have been replaced by chromebooks and fancy tablets, but I won't have access to the internet the vast majority of the time. Do I want a chromebook? A refurbished notebook? Something else? [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Sep 8, 2016 - 24 answers

How can I make a document I can tab through?

I have a lease with blank spots to be filled in with new tenant's information. Previously we have had this document as a PDF, and entered the new information by clicking on the blank spots and typing. This is tedious. How can I make a version of this document that has fields that we can tab through? [more inside]
posted by Melsky on Apr 20, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me convert 20-year-old word processing files into a current format

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. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by bassomatic on Sep 13, 2014 - 24 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

What word-processing program should I use for this project?

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 - 18 answers

How to integrate teacher's notes into student class materials?

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 - 5 answers

Version Control for Writers

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 - 16 answers

How should I organize endnotes while merging Word documents?

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 - 4 answers

Help me pick a netbook

Which netbook/tablet should I get? [more inside]
posted by quietshout on Nov 18, 2012 - 19 answers

Best app to create documents with marginal commentary?

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 - 13 answers

What laptop or tablet has everything I want?

Help me work out the best laptop/tablet to take away from home! [more inside]
posted by missix on Aug 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Creative Mac-type desperate to become productive drone

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 - 17 answers

MS Word: chapters and subheadings

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 - 16 answers

Eavesdropping on what my text editor is up to

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 - 6 answers

Android Spellcheck

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. Help! What do you do? How does that work for you?
posted by driley on Dec 26, 2011 - 4 answers

What's the best word processor for Linux?

What Linux-compatible word processor should I be using? Looking for a LibreOffice/OpenOffice alternative... [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Sep 1, 2011 - 8 answers

What word processing appliance did I have back in 1983/4?

Google ninjas: What word processing appliance did I have back in 1983/4? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog on Sep 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Another dissertation Word question.

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 - 9 answers

Help me pick a word processor too!

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 - 13 answers

Hey Typing Nerds!

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 - 9 answers

Help me put the period to this.

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 - 10 answers

Tweak this Open Office database/mailing label problem

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 - 3 answers

Can I include a non-printing page in a Word 2003 document? If so, how?

Can I include a non-printing page in a Word 2003 document? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Apr 15, 2010 - 15 answers

I need to write a macro to reformat daily reports, which can't be changed upstream, using regex and global replace.

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 - 14 answers

Word processor that organizes docs like OneNote does.

Word processor that organizes my docs right there in the interface? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Dec 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Save the footnotes

Is there any way to solve Pages' funny behaviour with long footnotes? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Nov 2, 2009 - 1 answer

Global replace all in Word using the clipboard?

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 - 1 answer

Word count software

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 - 5 answers

Block these blocks

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 - 5 answers

Help with autonumbering in Word2007, please!

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 - 8 answers

snsranch had an oopsie! (computer wise)

I Screwed Up My Wife's Computer and I'm In TROUBLE!! HELP! [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Mar 13, 2009 - 40 answers

Word formatting problem

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 - 11 answers

Make writing more satisifying with sound effects!

Make writing more satisifying with sound effects! *Tahtikkatakkatahtakkatikkatitakkatahtitakkatitatakka-ka-CHUNG* [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier on Oct 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Tabs, pseudo-columns, and wrapping lines

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 - 13 answers

Mac word processor for academic writing in the humanities?

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 - 35 answers

Non-Sharepoint Version Control for Word?

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 - 10 answers

Archive WordPerfect?

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 - 5 answers

Help Wordprocessor-man!

I'm fed up of Microsoft Word and Works, what freeware can I use instead? [more inside]
posted by Neonshock on Mar 16, 2008 - 30 answers

Why should I use Pages instead of Word?

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 - 26 answers

Using 'Insert' to stop over-writing

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 - 3 answers

Somedays, I really hate Word.

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 - 8 answers

What is the secret to being able to edit documents on different word processors without screwing up the formatting?

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 - 4 answers

Help with Microsoft Word (underlining)

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 - 5 answers

How to move typewriter floppy disk to a PC

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 - 22 answers


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 - 22 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

Free Word or free-er OpenOffice?

So we know that OpenOffice.org is a better value than MSWord...but is it really BETTER? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Feb 15, 2007 - 41 answers

Zoho, any good?

Do you have feelings about the Zoho suite of web apps? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Feb 7, 2007 - 4 answers

Cornell WP template

A watermark to add lines in a word processing template? [more inside]
posted by yclipse on Oct 18, 2006 - 1 answer

Easy Spanish-language typing on a U.S.-type keyboard?

Easy Spanish-language typing with a U.S. computer keyboard? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Sep 24, 2006 - 9 answers

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