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Spacing in Word 2007 -- Really???

Yeah, I know that many of you are on to the delights of Microsoft Office Suite 2010 and 2013, but here at the festival office we're LUCKY to have 2007 -- and that only happened in the last couple of years (Marilyn honestly just went to it this year). It's called working for a non-profit. We have a limited budget, so it's just not that easy for us to get the licenses for new upgrades...

Anyway, I don't really use Word 2007 all that much, as a rule. I'm the Webmaster -- so I'm all about coding. (grin) I suppose it would be nice to know Word better, but when you rarely put your hands on something, it's difficult to become an expert. I just don't the reason -- nor the time (!!!) -- to get more 'hands on' with Word.

But I still have to use it now and then -- and I have to support the entire Staff when they have 'issues' with Word (of course).

Today I'm in there and feeling ANNOYED (as usual). All I want to do is type up a meeting agenda, for crying out loud. How difficult can that be? But even though I've changed the default layout and default font a million times (yes, that's an exaggeration -- probably only a few hundred times), it's back to 'normal' yet again. (sigh)

I want SINGLE spacing and Arial 11, please. And I don't want to beg, damn software!

Here's what I finally found...

WORD 2007 - LINE SPACING

Why did the line spacing change in Word 7?

=SYMPTOMS=

You might experience any of the following line spacing issues:
* Increased spacing between paragraphs.
* More space than expected between lines in a paragraph.
* Unexpected spacing on a page.

=CAUSE=

Microsoft Office Word 2007 introduces a newly designed default template for creating documents.


The new template uses fonts that were designed with readability in mind. According to a blog that was active during Word 2007 development, "the new fonts used in Word are based on the ClearType technology that provides a crisper, more easily read display of the fonts on most modern monitors." Calibri is the new default font for body text, and "to complement the look of Calibri, Cambria was selected for use in headings."

The default template for creating new documents in Word 2007 also uses "looser" line spacing and introduces extra space between paragraphs. The looser line spacing is actually only 15 percent greater than single spacing (it is not double spacing, or even 1.5 line spacing). Its purpose is to introduce more white space in blocks of text, which makes the text easier to read.

Because many Word users press ENTER twice after every paragraph, the Word 2007 default settings build in that extra space. Customers need to press ENTER only one time to add space between paragraphs.

=RESOLUTION=

1. Open the document that you want to look like a Word 2003 document.
2. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click Change Styles.
3. Point to Style Set, and click Word 2003.
4. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click Change Styles.
5. Point to Fonts and under Built-in, click Office Classic.
6. If you want to create all documents with the Word 2003 style set and fonts, in the Styles group, click Change Styles, and then click Set as Default.

All future documents will open with the Word 2003 default style set and fonts.

Note: If you want to use the updated Word 2007 formatting, switch to the Word 2007 style set and the Office font set. You can switch back to your custom default settings later by clicking Reset to Quick Styles from Template (in the Styles group, click Change Styles, point to Style Sets, and then click Reset to Quick Styles from Template).

Gee, THANKS, MS Word!

You know, if you have to explain this in such detail, it might clue you in that LOTS OF PEOPLE really don't LIKE the new spacing.

And I'm 100% sure that I hate the new default font. I mean, REALLY???

And that's my rant for today! Hahahahahaha.

Tags: 2013, microsoft, microsoft-hate, ms-word, november-2013, rant, settings, word, word-2007
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