Microsoft Word: Why Bother?

It’s a waste of time to try to get users of Microsoft Word to learn to format documents without unbridled use of the space bar and multiple use of undefined tab settings. They also should learn that there are better ways to create horizontal rules than with the underline character, and that the use of periods is not a good way to simulate dot leaders.

All of this produces ragged lines of text and columns of numbers that do not align with any degree of precision.

I receive literally hundreds of these poorly-created files in my work as a graphic designer because users of MS Word could not be bothered with learning a few easy-to-learn and simple-to-use formatting commands. Most of them also do not understand that the rule of two spaces between sentences went out with the typewriter, and that the period goes inside a closing quotation mark.

It takes a lot of work for me to reformat these files in order to make them more attractive for publication. I guess that’s why they pay me the not-that-big bucks.


About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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One Response to Microsoft Word: Why Bother?

  1. larry mitchell says:


    I gotta disagree witcha.

    It would be nice if all our clients presented us with absolutely perfect items to use. However, if we are in the service business, then we have to accept product from our clients in whatever format they can provide – and, as their service providers, we clean it up. That’s why we are here and that’s how we earn our living.

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