I sat down the other day to start writing my brand new MS NT2. Before anything else I wanted to have the correct format so I wouldn’t have to worry about it later.
I hate formatting because it’s been over a decade since I last took a computer course and my writing program on my last laptop was some funky cheapie thing that vaguely resembled Word. Word has changed SOOOOO much since I’ve last used it. I’ve had my new laptop for perhaps half a year and I still don’t fully know how to use this newer version of Word. It’s not even the newest! It’s a 2010 version that my husband had.
But! I somehow managed to figure out most features on Word so I thought, “I can figure this out too.” I mean, it’s not as if I haven’t formatted a document before. Pfft.
20 minutes later this is how I felt:
So much for my confidence in my formatting skills. Everything was fine until I had to put in a header and page number. I couldn’t seem to add a header on the left with Last Name/Title and then add a page number on the right. Whenever I tried it would erase the previous addition (whether it was the header or the page number).
Many animalistic noises were issuing from my bedroom and they weren’t the fun kind.
I ended up plugging in the page number on the left then sticking in my name/title before that and separating the two with tabs. I think my high school computer teacher would say I cheated but agents aren’t going to check to see how I achieved the result so long as the result is correct.
By the time I was done I had lost all desire and energy to actually write.
I think I really need that computer class at the library in the Fall.
Do you fight with your writing program?