Proprietary software means better quality, right? Wrong! Try Microsoft Word – I

Microsoft Word sucks

Open Microsoft Word and create a table. Fill it up with some text similar to what is shown below. If you have a Word document with a table, try that instead.

Place your cursor at the beggining of the first line of a cell and press Shift+End. This should select the line and it does. Actually, it does this on every line except the last line, where it actually selects the entire cell. (What idiot would want this to happen? Don’t claim this is a feature.) To select only the last line. You need to hold down Shift and then press the Left Arrow key.

Now, try the same in OpenOffice or LibreOffice. It works as expected on every line in the cell. LibreOffice is free software but it did not skimp on quality. To select the entire cell, you can press Ctrl+Shift+End. In Microsoft Word, this shortcut selects the whole document. Free software wins on usability and intuitiveness.

A long-standing bug in Microsoft Word causes an entire cell to be selected when the command is only to select the entire line.

A long-standing bug in Microsoft Word causes an entire cell to be selected when the command is only to select the entire line.

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