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    Wordperfect navigation keys (Office 2001 SR1)

    I have a professor who is finally moving from wp dos 5.1 to Word however he wants me to make his Word look and act like Wordperfect. I figured he could work in full screen, with a blue background and white text but I do not understand why the wordperfect navigation keys are not working. I turned the option on but when I do an shift+f7 - it doesn't bring up the print dialog box, it is still the thesaurus Any suggestions?

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    Re: Wordperfect navigation keys (Office 2001 SR1)

    Make Word look and act like WordPerfect = Make my mini-van perform like a Ferrari.

    Shift F7 isn't a WP navigation key...it's a function key that activates a feature -- in this case, Print.

    I suggest the professor learn how to use Word like Word or s/he is asking for ongoing trouble.

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    Re: Wordperfect navigation keys (Office 2001 SR1)

    <mini-van perform like a Ferrari>
    your analogy is precious and spot on! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>

    Melanie, I would suggest that your professor should bite the bullet and dive into the Word World. There are many sites to help those who are so averse to change.

    You could do a search in the Word forum for Charles Kenyon's rant on Word Perfect to Word users (unless he jumps in on this thread himself). He has some great resources and lists a number of reasons your professor is embarking on a mission of futility by not using Word how it should be used.
    hope that helps
    have fun

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    Re: Wordperfect navigation keys (Office 2001 SR1)

    Hi,

    Do _not_ utilize any of the Word Perfect options in Word. They make things worse. You can use the blue screen if you want.

    Give the following to your professor:

    You are going to have to bite the bullet. You are in a new world - not necessarily a better world.

    <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15> I started out using machines called Word Processors. While they were really computers, they were set up to do nothing else but put words on paper. They even had special keys for formatting, cutting and pasting. They cost a lot of money. <img src=/S/broke.gif border=0 alt=broke width=31 height=23> Eventually, I shifted to a program on a PC called MultiMate that emulated a Wang Word Processor. MultiMate eventually stumbled off the scene, even though at the time it was a superior product to both Word Perfect and Microsoft Word. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15> I then took on Word Perfect and learned to love it.

    I wrote complex macros that exceeded a thousand lines and got WP to do anything I wanted (well anything that a computer and printer can do). Then I took on a job in a Mac environment and had to use Word. I fought it all the way, even to the extent of installing WP on my Mac. Then I discovered a program called "More" on the Mac that did outlines that still exceed anything available in either Word or WP. One of the key features was something called a clone which was a way of saying a part of an outline that appeared in multiple places simultaneously. Changes to any clone would be reflected in all clones. Then the outlines could be very easily turned into presentations that would make PowerPoint users green with envy. This was in 1993 and I still can't do in Word, Word Perfect, and/or PowerPoint what I could do with More. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    Then my agency decided that we had to go with the WinTel world. <img src=/S/puke.gif border=0 alt=puke width=60 height=15> The Mac was (and is) a superior product for the average user. <img src=/S/argue.gif border=0 alt=argue width=50 height=25> I can do more with Wintel stuff simply because I'm willing to get my hands very dirty. It is much harder, though, to show someone else how to produce the same results. On the Mac, I can get very close to the same results with much less effort and much less knowledge of how the computer works.

    I agree with you that WP is better at some things than is Word. That said . . . Get Over It! <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>

    Word and Word Perfect work very differently from one another. Each program's methods have strengths and weaknesses, but if you try to use one of these programs as if it were the other, it is like pushing on a string! You can easily make a lot of extra work for yourself. <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15> If you are unwilling to take the time to learn to use Word's methods, you should stick to using Word Pad. You'll have a lot less grief, although you'll miss out on a lot of raw power.

    See Word for Word Perfect Users (addbalance.com/word/wordperfect.htm)
    Word Perfect compared to Word (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Tips and Gotchas (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Does Word Have Reveal Codes? (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Word Perfect to Word Converters and Why None of Them Are Perfect
    Converting Documents from Word Perfect to Word
    for information on Word for Word Perfect users.

    For more:
    How to Create a Template (Part 1) (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    How to Create a Template (Part 2) - download the Word version which includes a template built the way the tutorial describes. It is a work of art. (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Word's Numbering Explained by John McGhie (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Understanding Styles (addbalance.com/usersguide/styles.htm)


    In Word 2000 or later you can get the function keys to display in a special toolbar at the bottom of the screen if you want (something like pressing F3 twice in WP). The following macro will do this.

    Sub ShowMeFunctionKeys()
    Commandbars("Function Key Display").Visible = True
    End Sub


    Learn about Styles - really learn! I resisted for years and now regret every day of those years because although that string was still very hard to push, it kept getting longer and longer, and had some very important projects tied to it! Once you understand styles and the Word concept of organizing things into Chinese boxes everything falls into place and instead of pushing a string, you can push a button that turns on the very powerful text processing machine known as Microsoft Word and it will start doing your work for you instead of running around behind you trying to undo what you just thought you did.

    So much for my rant. <img src=/S/hushmouth.gif border=0 alt=hushmouth width=16 height=16>

    Finally, in WP a lot of people use macros to hold chunks of text - boilerplate. In Word this function is filled with AutoText and AutoCorrect, not macros. Follow the links at Word Web Resources - AutoText for more information on these tools.
    It's a lot of reading, I know. It's OK to chunk it down and do a bit each day, but I would recommend that you make it a top priority to do that bit each day.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
    Madison, Wisconsin

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    Re: Wordperfect navigation keys (Office 2001 SR1)

    Thank you so much. I gave him this information and he very politely said thank you and he will try to use Word as best as he can. I showed him how to use the full screen view and change the color to blue with white text. The problem now is that he wants it to stay this way every time he opens Word. Do I need an autoopen macro for this? Will it cause any problems?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Wordperfect navigation keys (Office 2001 SR1)

    It's a setting that should stay set until turned off.

    I tried it originally and eventually found it to be annoying. I currently have my Windows options so that my default background is a light blue and the text is a deep blue. Very easy on the eyes.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
    Madison, Wisconsin

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