Here’s the thing. I’ve been using WORD 2003 since, well, 2003. I’ve been putting off upgrading because every time you upgrade, the programs you’ve been using do one of two things. They look so different that you can’t find the commands. Or they stop working altogether. Still, my five-year old pc was showing signs of imminent death and the printer did toss its cookies, so I really had no choice about dragging myself into 2012. I bit the bullet, consulted our local tech experts, an outfit in Wilton called Expenet Technologies, and took their advice.
As expected, stuff stopped working, including my old reliable scanner, which I liked because it was so simple and could also be stored easily when not in use. The DeLorme map program was also outdated and so was my version of Word Perfect. I hated to lose that one. I never did figure out how to transfer my old snail mail mailing list into WORD.
I’ve had a little better luck with my doc files. Except for having to hunt for commands, I haven’t had too much difficulty changing from 2003 to the latest version. Of course, there do seem to be more steps involved in this “improved” edition and it took me quite awhile to figure out how to turn hyphens into dashes and locate the “go to” command. Those were minor irritations, I admit, but going two steps forward and one step back gets old very fast. It turns out that just right clicking solves a multitude of problems. Who knew? I guess you can tell I’m more accustomed to using the keyboard than the mouse.
I did have one panic attack when I discovered that I could no longer access my webpages to make changes and additions the way I always had. This development wasn’t entirely unexpected, but it still sent me into a tailspin. I’ll spare you the details of how I started my web pages years ago using a program called Hot Dog, using simple HTML codes, and ended up with a mishmash with other webpages started in WORD converted to HTML (creating ridiculously large files with everything in the world earmarked for search engines) and added to with simpler but outdated coding. Hey, they worked! Anyway, thanks to the “upgrade,” the pc no longer wanted to give me access to the “source” pages where I used to make changes. My husband, who uses Front Page to do his webpages, spent hours trying to make my pages work with his system. No luck. He finally gave up and informed me that I couldn’t do my web pages the same way anymore. This caused an instant meltdown. I interpreted this prouncement to mean I’d have to redo them all from scratch. Since I have a webpage for each of my names and one of them includes my Who’s Who of Tudor Women (1700+entries, many with portraits), the prospect was just too much to contemplate. I promptly burst into tears.
Catharsis is good.
Turns out he only meant that I’d have to make future additions using WORD on a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) system. This is actually easier, but it does take some getting used to. And I have to go through and fix spacing on all the pages. No idea why. Still, that’s a heck of a lot less work than starting all over again.
All in all, I think I’m coping quite well for somebody who is resistant to change. In particular, the new printer that replaced the one that died is great . . . except for one thing. I can’t figure out how to print an envelope. There’s this slot for them. You’d think it would be easy to just stick one in, use WORD to type in the address, and then hit the print button. Hah! First the printer decided that there was a paper jam. Then it ignored the envelope completely and printed the address on a regular sheet of paper. At that point, I gave up and printed a label and stuck that on the envelope. Technophobic? I don’t think so. If I were a true technophobe, I’d have dug my old manual typewriter out of the closet and typed the address on.