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Microsoft 150, freelance writer and editor 0

As I mentioned previously, a couple of weeks ago I was hired to help a client format a report. Microsoft Word had been acting up and the best way to fix the document was copying and pasting the text and slides, one page at a time, into a new file.

Tuns out that process was only part of the solution.

My client was using the Calibri font, which resembled Wingdings on my computer. Assuming this bizarre font was just another glitch in Word, I changed the text to another font and all seemed well.

It turns out that Calibri does depict numbers and letters, but only on newer versions of Word. We tried changing the font on my computer, with its five-year-old copy of Word, from Calibri to another one and then changing it back on my client’s computer, with its Microsoft Office 2008. Unfortunately that approach caused additional formatting glitches.

The solution? Spending $150 on the newest edition of Microsoft Office.

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2 Responses to Microsoft 150, freelance writer and editor 0

  1. designdream December 29, 2008 at 10:54 am #

    I am curious if openoffice has the same glitch. I hate coughing up $ to Microsoft.

  2. Zach Everson December 30, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    I should try OpenOffice, but as most of the documents I review have a lot of formatting guidelines and get passed between many versions of Word, I’m afraid it won’t be good enough.

    Although I hope that will change soon!