Help get this topic noticed by sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Chapter 3 Paragraph Formatting, Indentation, Tip, page 109

I'm using the mssing manual Office 2008 for Macintosh, copyright 2008.
I'm running Mac OS X v10.6.8 Snow Leopard.
I am using Word v.12.0.0 (071130)

My problem is some possible mis-information within the missing manual itself.
Chapter 3 Paragraph Formatting, Indentation and Tip, page 109.

INDENTATION “...Word's tab stops are automatically set at half-inch intervals...”
No problem. That's o.k. Good information.

TIP, “If you'd prefer that Word abandon this behavior, choose Word > Preferences > Edit panel > and turn off "Tabs and backspace set left indent".
Now the Tab key and indents are totally disconnected.” But Not for Me.

MY PROBLEM

I selected Word on the menu bar > selected Preferences > which opened the Word Preferences Window.
As part of the Preference Window's Authoring and Proofing Tools, I selected the Edit icon as instructed. The Edit window opened.

This is where my problem lies.

The Edit Window gave me: Editing options, Cut and Paste options, Click and Type options, and Description of Preferences.

Nowhere to be found within the Edit window, were the words, turn off "Tabs and back space set left indent".

Your time and attention on my behalf is greatly appreciated.

Respectfully yours,

Carl
1 person has
this question
+1
Reply
  • Hello Carl,

    Thank you for your clear explanation of your problem with Office 2008 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual. The command you're looking for seems to have disappeared in Word 2008, although it was there in Word 2004. I'm sorry I don't have a better answer for you.

    I will alert the author of the book to your problem.

    Nan Barber
    Editor
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated indifferent, undecided, unconcerned kidding, amused, unsure, silly happy, confident, thankful, excited

  • Hello Ms. Barber,

    Thank you for your prompt response. I guess that means I'm stuck with the automatic intervals. Too bad for me.

    Has that command re-appeared in the current Office 2011 for Mac? I might buy it just for that feature.

    Office 2008 for Mac has a great little program tucked away in Word. It is Citations. This is the only program that beats Apple and other third parties hands down. And it's free!!!

    Two related questions. If I upgrade to Mountain and/or Mountain Lion, will Office 2008 be compatible with those operating systems? Why? It don't want to lose Citations.

    In Office 2011 for Mac, is the Citations program still included in Word?

    Thank you for your time and attention on my behalf. It is greatly appreciated.

    Carl
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated indifferent, undecided, unconcerned kidding, amused, unsure, silly happy, confident, thankful, excited

  • Hi Carl,

    I'm afraid to say that the command "Tabs and back space set left indent" has not reappeared in Word 2011.

    However, you'll be glad to hear that the Citations program is available in Word 2011, and it appears to work the same way.

    Both Office 2008 and 2011 work in either Lion or Mountain Lion.

    Nan Barber
    Editor
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated indifferent, undecided, unconcerned kidding, amused, unsure, silly happy, confident, thankful, excited