I upgraded to Word 2010 in January, and for most of my writing needs it’s been fine. I wanted to be current, but omg am I rethinking the wisdom of that.
I wanted a simple header. You know the title, my name and page number. Simple? Well, it used to be. Word 2010 adds all sorts of ‘dohickeys’ to clutter it up, a vertical line here a horizontal line there. I know, that’s not what’s expected, so I play with one version after another trying to tone down Microsoft’s imposed creativity. I’m thinking it’s a dastardly plot on their part to rule the planet.
I want my writing to blend with everyone elses. Desperately.
I found one header that looked sort of all right, but when I print a page the whole text is formatted into a box. Urrrrrrgh
Actually, my language was more colorful than that, and my husband came to see what the heck was wrong with me. I was so angry by this point I could barely articulate a word. I pointed at the screen and muttered between hasty breaths, “That…the…header…#####ing header…won’t …I ….can’t…urrrrrrgh.” Somehow he understood my language, or maybe it was the look on my face, and calmly suggested I take a break. He’s the computer geek in the family. But I couldn’t leave. I pace behind him, sweat dripping down my brow, more unkind words emitting into the air a blue haze.
In the end, a writing friend solved my problem. Phew.
The life of a writer. …never dull.
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I had this same problem when I switched to 2007. Even now, I still have challenges. 🙂
Misery loves company. Thanks for joining me. You know how I feel.
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For some of us I think this kind of stuff will always provide a challenge. I can’t even find the paragraph symbol so I can set the page break thingie at the end of the chapters. It’s definitely some sort of conspiracy. LOL But hey, we’re writers. We’ll overcome.
Yes, yes…I am definitely challenged. I like your conspiracy theory.
Meanwhile my calm, thoughtful husband has found me a way to write custom headers, so my technical struggles are over for the moment.
overcoming or overwhelmed…hard to tell
I just got a Mac. Wonderful computer, but I think all the time…What was I thinking? I’m too old this! Completely different than word. Yes I got Word installed, but it looks totally different (yes it 2110-was working with 2007). Technology is for the young. My husband can’t even turn on a computer, so I’m on my own here! Let’s just say, I get in my hot tub A LOT! Tension in shoulder and neck-Hot Helps!Loved your post!
I’m thinking of buying an Toshiba Ultrabook because it’s light, but maybe what I really need is a Hot Tub to ease me through my tech tantrums. I love the look of the Macs.
I hope it gets easier for both of us, but it seems it doesn’t get easier, it gets more complicated.
Thanks for coming by and commenting. Misery does love company.