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21 June 2012

Microsoft Word’s biggest usability problem, in my opinion

You might think I’ll pick on the functions, look & feel.

No, I’ll go somewhere simpler – if I type something in Word, I work for 2 hours, I close the document and don’t save, I’ve lost everything. There’s no option to prevent this.

A document I write in 30 days, a thesis paper, takes, if only words, less than a MB of data. If compressed, we’re talking peanuts.

Why wouldn’t Word create back-up copies of everything I work on, automatically save them and then let me recover the data?

Beats me.

Solution:

  • When installing Word, ask me about saving everything I type (for privacy issues).
  • Put the autosave function to work at 30 seconds interval, not 10 minutes by default.
  • Autosave even the “don’t save” files.
  • Even if you don’t make the above options standard, they should be as option.
  • I’d also love such a function for Notepad.

There is a race between mankind and the universe. Mankind is trying to build bigger, better, faster, and more foolproof machines. The universe is trying to build bigger, better, and faster fools. So far the universe is winning.