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Microsoft has made some puzzling, menu-related UI decisions in the last few years; specifically, they seem to be targeting all menus for elimination, citing research that they claim shows users are “confused” by the menu paradigm that they’ve been using for a couple decades now. I know I’m late to this party, but it’s only very recently that we have been migrated to Office 2007 at work, and therefore my frustration at this practice is only now reaching a fever pitch. [more]

Posted July 24, 2009 in Uncategorized • Tags:

Using Microsoft Word, especially in its newest I-hate-menus incarnation, makes me want to bash my head against a wall until it’s a bloody, pulpy mess. I defy anyone to even begin to comprehend the Style system, let alone properly use it. Because the moment you touch it, Microsoft starts making assumptions about how you want everything to be formatted. So if you’ve ever wondered why it’s changing your fonts for you or refusing to continue a list… it’s probably because you foolishly messed around with styles.