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    Help File (Office 2000 SP-1)

    My Excel Help seems to be a lot slower than I remember it being in the past and a lot slower than Office 97
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    Re: Help File (Office 2000 SP-1)

    No suggestions, except kill Clipit (right-click, Options, uncheck "Use Office Assistant.") This is Microsoft's idea of progress. <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>

    FYI, a quote from MS MVP, John Walkenbach, http://www.j-walk.com/ss:
    <font face="Comic Sans MS">"For what it's worth, the new HTML Help system was a constant issue during
    the Office 2000 beta period. No one liked it, and many people complained
    about it. The speed of HTML Help during the beta period was horrible. It's
    better in the final version, but it's still much slower than the old
    WinHelp. But, since it uses HTML, it's gotta be good!

    Like you, I use online help frequently. Ever since upgrading to Excel 2000,
    I simply dread pressing that F1 key.

    Personally, I would have preferred that Microsoft left the help system
    alone, and used its development resources to fix bugs and add the
    enhancements that people have been wanting for years. From what I've seen,
    Excel 2000 is no more stable than the previous version, and it seems to have
    just as many bugs (including some new ones)."</font face=comic>

    Thank-you John, and now back to Sam's comments: If you are as old as I am, you'll also rememember that Excel 97 help was ten times slower than Excel 5! Maybe we should switch to Lotus. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
    <font face="Comic Sans MS">Sam Barrett, CACI </font face=comic>
    <small>And the things that you have heard... commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2</small>

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    Re: Help File (Office 2000 SP-1)

    How can I turn it back on if it has to be displayed as stated below to access the options? The very last line of information is what is confusing because if I can
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    Re: Help File (Office 2000 SP-1)

    <major whining mode on>
    As a long time XL97 user now playing with XL XP on the bride's spanking new 1.8 Ghz XP home machine, I'm not only annoyed by the sloth of HTML help, I'm also annoyed by the different layout and the strange way the Search function within it works. (Can someone tell me why it adds a space and how it works; if you redo the search it goes off to look for unrelated words and I don't know why.)

    I also find it very annoying that most of the spreadsheet functionality is barely (*) improved from XL97, instead MS has focused on fancy schmancy self-adjusting menus that remember what you did last project, as if that's relevant to this project. I turned that feature off. (* Actually I haven't seen anything new, and certainly nothing that made me say "I must have this!")

    Where are the Page Setup improvements for Printing? More 3D functionality? Why don't we have Find-&-Replace which, like Word 97, remembers the last several Find-& Replaces? I could go on. There's SO much that could be done other than creating Menus that try to outsmart the user.

    Can someone tell me what's improved significantly from the spreadsheeting perspective?
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    Re: Help File (Office 2000 SP-1)

    No need to answer my question about turning the assistant back on. I see how to do it. Even with it off it isn't significantly faster.
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    Re: Help File (Office 2000 SP-1)

    <img src=/w3timages/blackline.gif width=33% height=2>
    > it isn't significantly faster
    <img src=/w3timages/blackline.gif width=33% height=2>
    No faster, just less annoying.

    <img src=/w3timages/blackline.gif width=33% height=2>
    > <major whining mode off>
    <img src=/w3timages/blackline.gif width=33% height=2>
    Don't turn it off! The only major improvment with XP is the supposed removal of clipit, but he still pops in occasionally. Be thankful for the 1.8GHz, you should see XLxp on my Win98 P2! At least it still runs, but don't try to run it with anything else!
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    Re: Help File (Office 2000 SP-1)

    You got that right.
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