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Why do you still have Word?

Postby danielmount » Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:24 am

This topic was raised in an unrelated thread I started in the Writer folder. For those of you who have moved over to OOo but still keep Word on your computer, why?

I still keep it on because it can do things in the advanced search and replace (wildcards / regular expressions) that I either have a hard time pulling off in OOo or sometimes can't altogether.

THREAD DISCLAIMER: OOo is the single most useful project I've encountered online, and I'm deeply grateful for all the work that's gone into it. This thread is not intended to be negative in any way; I'm just starting it in the hopes that perhaps people mentioning what's holding them back from completely uninstalling Word could make OOo even better in the future.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby Tyrel » Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:52 am

The "Synonyms" and "Antonyms" features in word are quick, easy, and available. When looking for the appropriate word on the tip of your tongue, but just not making it's way out of your head, it's really a useful feature. It also helps to quickly and conveniently keep your writing from being repetitive by diversifying the language, and consequently serves to help reinforce the diversification of your vocabulary.

I know this seems perhaps an odd thing to miss, and I realize that other features of word might be thought more advanced and desirable, but I have to say, when I did switch, upon getting my current computer, that was one of the, if not the, greatest factor(s) keeping me from Open Office.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby RonIA » Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:28 pm

+1 on search and replace.

MS Word Search and Replace for common expressions, tabs, paragraphs, etc. seem to be more intuitive and are also selectable from a list...

Regular expressions is powerful, but not very approachable for new users or people who only use the functionality a couple of times a year.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby keme » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:42 pm

I still have Word because part of my job is user support on the MS suite.
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Perhaps this should have been a main thread in this section, but somehow I felt that it didn't fit in...
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby danielmount » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:58 pm

RonIA wrote:+1 on search and replace.

MS Word Search and Replace for common expressions, tabs, paragraphs, etc. seem to be more intuitive and are also selectable from a list...

Regular expressions is powerful, but not very approachable for new users or people who only use the functionality a couple of times a year.


That's precisely why I've still kept Word around. In fact, it's the only reason.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby esperantisto » Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:08 pm

I'm translator, and in most cases the clients require me to deliver jobs in Word DOC format. OpenOffice.org still can't export to DOC flawlessly, and I have always to check files with Word.
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By the way, search&replace is also a reason

Postby esperantisto » Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:13 pm

Well, yes, OOo's search&replace is inferior to MS Word's. And in some cases MS Word saves time. If OOo developers simply copycat Word, this will be great.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby caleb19992003 » Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:07 pm

I still have Word (sigh) to send resumes and cover letters on Monster and other job hunting web sites. Most only accept Word/Works and a few will not accept PDF. It's very frustrating to convert for me, I was Oo completely until I lost my job and had to submit resumes.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby TerryE » Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:56 am

Why not juy continue to use OOo Writer and SaveAs DOC files. If you keep to straightforward formatting then the results look fine when opened in Word.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby floris v » Sat May 31, 2008 9:42 pm

* +1 on search and replace.
* My clients expect me to send doc files and, yes, there sometimes stay funny things in converted files, so I always make a last editing round in Word.
* I don't hate Word as some others seem to do, maybe because I have also worked with WordPerfect 5.1 without a proper training. When you're old enough to have worked with WP, you may remember the immense relief when WinWord 6 appeared. ;)
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby digital demon » Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:29 pm

AMEN! :)
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby Runnin' Ute » Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:46 pm

my employer has it, so my choices are limited there, but outside of work I use OOo exclusively.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby scotch81 » Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:38 am

I use OO exclusively.

At work I have MS Word on my computer as well as OO. I was allowed to install OO so I'm lucky. Sometimes I do check my documents to make sure it looks ok in Word if I'm sending docs to other people.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby Runnin' Ute » Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:58 am

caleb19992003 wrote:I still have Word (sigh) to send resumes and cover letters on Monster and other job hunting web sites. Most only accept Word/Works and a few will not accept PDF. It's very frustrating to convert for me, I was Oo completely until I lost my job and had to submit resumes.


Really? Never had that problem. And yes I was looking for employment when I converted to OOo. But my resume and cover letter template had been originally created in either Word 97 or WordPerfect 6 (DOS) (I think). I never had any major problems as long as I kept saving in .doc format.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby smcvay » Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:03 pm

Our school district (1000+ pc's) runs Open Office throughout. We found we had to keep Word (and the other MS Office components) on our Business Professionals of America lab. BPA is a High School program that students take to learn about vocational careers in professional organizations: http://www.bpanet.org/public/ Our students attend their national conference each year and attend competitions there. Unfortunately BPA only uses Microsoft Office (and only allows the one package in their competitions). We have asked the instructor why in this economy would BPA expect schools to constantly get the latest and greatest expensive package from Microsoft when Open Office is so much more cost effective for our school (we are saving $23,000 each year). The explanation is that they believe that the students need to have the same tools they'll be using in the "real world". In any case we want our students to participate in BPA, so we must have Office 2007 in one lab.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby pz1 » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:13 am

Regrettably I have to continue with MSWord because of the absence of table styles in Writer. Unfortunately table autoformats are still useless as a workaround. Otherwise I think Writer is far superior
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby websterhamster » Wed May 25, 2011 10:52 pm

I keep Word on my computer because I have to use it to fill out 4-H record book forms. When I edit them in OOo, the formatting gets REALLY messed up (they're DOC files).
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby Algebra++ » Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:45 am

One reason only: Outline View.

I use Outline View to give presentations. I think it makes a much better presentation than the linear powerpoint. Audiences can see where we're going, and where we've been. They continuously see the whole context of the talk.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby Cmiller » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:36 am

digital demon wrote:AMEN! :)


AMEN to you too!! :)
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Have a great day! :)
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby ankit3302 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:08 am

I still use word as it is simple to use.Also, it has some features that are very easy and simple.The most common formt in the use is Doc which is used to foeward a document to some other user.Synonym and Antonym feature along with autocorrect and add to dictionary, all these things are good to use and more convenient. That's why word is still on use.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby Zizi64 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:43 pm

The most common formt in the use is Doc which is used to foeward a document to some other user.


Ther binary .doc fileformat is obsolete, never standardized, and it has a lot of incompatible, wrongly documented versions. Never use it.
Always use the International Standard ODF fileformats for your important document for the long time compatibility.
The newer MS Office versions can read the ODF fileformats.
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Re: Why do you still have Word?

Postby John_Ha » Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:57 am

See [Tutorial] Differences between Writer and MS Word files for why you should always work in and save files as .odt.
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