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Yet again, Micro$oft Word proves what a total piece of shit it is. 0.o I'm typing away on a project that I've been working on for a week, hit CTRL+S to save, and Word gives me an error that it can't save the file, closes it, and deletes it from my disk.

Yes. CLOSES IT AND DELETES IT FROM MY DISK.

The hell.

I guess it's time to look into file recovery software. :P

-The Gneech

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exatron
Jul. 29th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Or a word processor that doesn't hate you.

Excel once pulled a weird trick on me with a message claiming I couldn't save because another user, me, had the file open.

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exatron
Jul. 29th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Seconded. I've even used it to recover documents that Word refused to open.
the_gneech
Jul. 30th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I have no choice as to what's available to me at work, or I'd be using WordPerfect.

-TG
ski_fox
Jul. 29th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
I remember getting that treatment periodically from Word 2k back in high school. I've luckily been spared any (destructive) snafus since I started using Office XP.
melchar
Jul. 29th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Have you tried going into your hidden temp files to see if there is an earlier saved copy of your Word document? I got -real- familiar with -my- temp folders [2 different ones to check in my Win XP, as opposed to only 1 to check in Win 98].
the_gneech
Jul. 30th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
I found a .tmp backup, but I couldn't get Word to open it until I rebooted the crazy machine.

Fortunately, I managed to save all but a few paragraphs.

-TG
torakiyoshi
Jul. 29th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
*nodnods* I'd use Open Office, but it's file format is not standard, and password protection (which matters to me) is not viable between the programs.

-=TK
exatron
Jul. 29th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
OpenOffice.org can handle most of Microsoft's formats (.docx, .xlsx, and .pptx are the exceptions), and its native format, ODF, is an ISO standard.
the_mcp
Jul. 30th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
True -- unfortunately, in a corporate environment, the lack of password protection between Office suites does matter; it's not uncommon to have to create documents or spreadsheets which need to be able to be looked at by lots of people within the company, but which only a few should be able to modify.
exatron
Jul. 30th, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
I know what they're there for. MS Office just has passwords that are so easy to remove that they're essentially nonexistent.
torakiyoshi
Jul. 30th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
As I said, the issue is with passwords. O-Office will not deal with passwords on M$-Office format files, and M$-Office cannot use O-Office passwords at all.

So I am stuck with Micro$oft because it has to be compatible with what is available at work.

-=TK
wildbilltx
Jul. 29th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
I had the same thing happen to me a few weeks ago. I installed System Pack 3 on my main PC last month and I wonder if it messed something up.

torakiyoshi
Jul. 30th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
Yes. WinXP SP3 is a broken install; NPR discussed it for a few days, then dropped it. I'm guessing Micro$oft did something to silence the protests. If you can, roll back.

-=TK
wildbilltx
Jul. 30th, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
I just uninstalled it. I thought it funny one of the programs the uninstall program said uninstalling SP3 might effect was Open Office.

My computer seems faster now. And I was able to load and re-edit the document that was causing MS Word to crash. It was a form letter with lots of _________________ lines in it and when I tried to edit those lines, MS Word would crash. So I think SP3 is the culprit.
c_eagle
Jul. 30th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
especialy the new version!!
Why on EARTH would they take comfortable menu locations and move everything all around in to hidden new places? oh.. that's right... to slow the work flow... ;P
kinkyturtle
Jul. 30th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
That's so your electronic typewriter won't jam up! Same reason we still use the QWERTY layout. :}
c_eagle
Jul. 30th, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
Can't have them 140 wpm typists ya know... ;D
And with that extra arm, you are on the candidate list!
kinkyturtle
Jul. 30th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
Actually that's for the mouse.
the_mcp
Jul. 30th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
  • Yet again, Micro$oft Word proves what a total piece of shit it is.


  • Was that ever in doubt? :D
    elektron
    Aug. 13th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
    Around 2000, I discovered Word's autosave to be both useless (my normal computer crashed often enough that I'd save every other sentence) and destructive - it crashed while autosaving, taking the rest of the file with it.

    The "fix" is to alternate between file A and file B, but nobody seems to do that.

    Fortunately, Word 2007 seems to be pretty good about asking you if you want to recover changes to a files you haven't modified when you next start it up. It's also really, really crap when you want more than one document over at a time.
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