More irritants. These are not necessarily Mac problems though. I’d been using OpenOffice mostly because it’s free and actually quite good. It has its problems though, mostly involving compatibility with Word which is what I have to share with. And it does weird things with images in text documents, only letting you use “anchors” which I have only vaguely figured out, but the Word people hate them. And it’s difficult to manage different Sections in OO. Hence, I’ve been doing most of the work in OO and then moving it over to Word on my old PC to finish up the images and such.
I finally discovered that I can get Office for Mac from the UW for like $10, as long as I’m affiliated. So I downloaded it and have been using it.
First of all, Word and Excel are tremendous pigs. Huge things and take a long time to load. Today, they became highly irritating as I finally did some serious work in them. First, you can’t use F2 to edit a cell’s contents in Excel; you have to use ctrl-U. F2 copies instead. WTF? What’s wrong with using the same frickin’ keys??? Worse, in Word you can’t just hit the Insert key to switch between Insert and Typeover mode; you have to go through menus to do it: Word|Preferences|Edit|Overtype. Yeah, that’s reeeeeeeal efficient. Idiots. OO doesn’t let you Insert-key switch either, but at least they put a little button at the bottom you can click to switch.