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    Microsoft Word question

    Every simple thing in the old Word is a giant cluster of crap in the new one.

    I WANT 3 COLUMNS.

    In my first picture, you can see that I have 3 columns on page 2 filled in. On page 1 have 1.5 columns.



    Now, when I try to get rid of that dead space, it just pushes all 3 of my page 2 columns up, without assimilating them into the second column of the first page.



    Before I noticed this, it was QUITE annoying trying to find out what was going on.

    How do I just get 3 columns, non-interrupted, top to bottom?

    Oh, and when I tried to add attachments to this post, that didn't work. Weird.

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    It's like it automatically assumes I want a page break there, for no reason, and there's no way to get rid of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydrummerdude View Post
    It's like it automatically assumes I want a page break there, for no reason, and there's no way to get rid of it.
    Can you find the break if you go to OUTLINE view?

    BTW - what is the text? Tribology?

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    Put two CRs just below the text you want highlighted

    Highlight the text you want in columns

    Format
    Columns
    Chose three

    The text you selected will now be in three columns

    Now you can go to work below the columns using one of Carriage Returns.

    This is much easier to do with the format codes turned on so you can see exactly where special effects start and end.

    Does that help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    BTW - what is the text? Tribology?
    Engineering Statistics.

    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post
    This is much easier to do with the format codes turned on so you can see exactly where special effects start and end.
    How do you do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydrummerdude View Post
    Every simple thing in the old Word is a giant cluster of crap in the new one.
    boy, you got that right. what a CF. i gave up on it and now use Pages on my mac. *much* better program.

    and PaulBach....

    oh... and nathan... you are one smart mofo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydrummerdude View Post
    Engineering Statistics.



    How do you do that?
    To turn on formatting, toggle the pilcrow sign (?) in the toolbar. You should then be able to denote tabs, paragraphs, etc.
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    I've now fixed it, but may use this as a "Man, this new Office sucks" vent thread.

    I hit enter and it formats 20 different things 50 different ways. Then, I try to undo it, and the entire document is formatted some other way.

    And, man, they sure removed the user-friendliness of Excel with this new style.

    Thanks, though, everyone. Last forum I asked a Word question on, the only response was "Go back to the old Office."

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    Hey crazydrummerdude:

    I looked carefully through your original document and determined you are trying to format the native language of Alderon.

    Blown up.

    By the Death Star.

    Get over it.

    Word is for English.

    'nuff said
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    get a mac

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydrummerdude View Post
    I've now fixed it, but may use this as a "Man, this new Office sucks" vent thread.

    I hit enter and it formats 20 different things 50 different ways. Then, I try to undo it, and the entire document is formatted some other way.

    And, man, they sure removed the user-friendliness of Excel with this new style.

    Thanks, though, everyone. Last forum I asked a Word question on, the only response was "Go back to the old Office."

    At work, we install the old EXCEL along with Office 2007. That way, we can convert the silly .xlsm format files to .xls and do our work. In a bizarre attempt to mimic Apple applications, MSoft has basically added several keystrokes or mouse clicks to most operations. Don't get me started of the grade school appearance of the graphs in EXCEL 2007. That was another driver for the dual installation of EXCEL

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    In my job I have to support MS Office 2007 and 2003. We are going thru a transition upgrading 35,000 PCs to Vista and Office 2007. What a nightmare. I have to admit that more times than not, we get lots of calls about formatting issues with Office 2007. Does not matter which application, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access or even Outlook, they all have major issues.

    Because of the CF that Microsoft made of Office 2007, I run Open Office on all of my home PCs. It is simple and just works.

    I think that the biggest problem with MS Office is that they have tried to add so much to the applications they have become much more difficult to use, almost to the point of being useless. And don't get me started on that stupid ribbon bar.

    And yes, I do ride an Airhead.

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