I prefer to write without my word processor trying to assist me, so my first drafts are often written in the text-based Notepad. Through the years, I’ve managed to strip down the MS Word icons and auto-“features” to give me as much screen real estate — and as little “assistance” — as possible.
Well, this week I came up in the IT department’s rotation for the upgrade to MS Office 2007 and IE 7.
Some idiot at MicroSucks decided that Office needed a whole new interface, with an icon visible for every conceivable option at all times — and there doesn’t seem to be any option for stripping it down. It also displays additional text formatting icons when you hover over formatted text — but I finally found a way to turn that supreme annoyance off. The dang thing also eats up my processing power — so now they’re going to have to get me a new laptop. Joy. That may be more newness that I can stand at the moment.
I am not amused — or productive. It took me the better part of an hour to figure out that MicoSucks hid the really useful MS Word commands (like open, save, and print) behind what appears to be a circle with a product logo in it. Argh.