Software, Hardware & Tech Talk
I decided to search on google to see what was going on, and found it's a bug in Microsoft Word 11, particularly on Macs, which is what I use. After sobbing my eyes out, trying to fix it, and finally getting some sleep (as it was one in the morning), I came to terms with the fact that I have to rewrite the entire chapter from scratch, and decided to warn the users on here.
If you use Microsoft Word 11, be forewarned. Save often. Every few paragraphs would be best. If you're like me and leave your computer on standby most of the time, stop. Turn it off every night because that's one of the reasons it happens. Backup your work often. I try once a week to back up my work, but I haven't in almost a month. Big mistake. And if you don't want to deal with the hassle? Open Office is a free word processing software created by Linux engineers. Before I had to get Word for work, I used Open Office for four years with no problems, and I've moved back to it today.
So watch out. The new version of Word doesn't have this bug, but for all who have 11, and don't have the money to update it, be warned, and don't let your story get turned into asterisks. Tt's a headache and a half, and if you're like me, crying for an hour and a half at one in the morning on the phone with your dad hoping he can fix it is not unrealistic.
I wish you all luck and I hope none of you have to go through this.
Sorry to hear this story Linnea.
Another inexpensive alternative you and other Mac users may consider is Microsoft's OneDrive. visit and sign up for an account at www.onedrive.com. It gives you 7Gb of storage for free and lets you edit documents in a web browser using Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), full versions - no need to pay. You also can download the app for your Mac for easy transfer of files to and from your finder. Added bonus is if your computer bites the dust none of your files are lost
Hope that helps!
Yes. I've had similar problems with Microsoft Office 2010. Several times WORD hung-up when I tried to save a file. The auto-save feature doesn't always work, so I had to load my last backup file. Another time, my keyboard went from QUERTY to lord knows what. Every key I pressed was pot's luck. Letters became $%^&,:@(+, etc.
--edited by John Speikers on 11/25/2015, 10:43 AM--