selecting text in MS Word

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  1. edk macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    i'm running MS Word 08 on an 20" imac with a MS laser wireless mouse.

    The strange issue I have is this: when selecting text with the cursor, the feeling/response is very strange. Response feels 'sticky', text is selected when you don't want too. Moving selected text is hit & miss. Basically - the system acts as though my mouse/word combo is a little drunk :p

    On any crappy windows machine, the same actions work without a thought. Text selection is 100% accurate. There's no 'stickyness'.

    Anyone else had similar problems?
     
  2. pit29 macrumors 6502a

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    I actually have a similar problem. Or maybe, two similar problems:

    1. Clean your mouse. A lot of this jumping / no fine control is due to dirt.
    2. I think Word does not a good job when you select characters. It makes it's own assumptions. I will never understand Microsoft won't let me a select a whole word and then just some characters from another word - it's one or two words, nothing more, nothing less. Not much you can do here, though.
     
  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    I've seen other posts wherein people assert that the Office apps work better in Windows than on a Mac. There are at least two theories:
    1. Office for Mac programmers don't understand the Mac OS very well
    2. It's a conspiracy

    Of course, theory number 2 is a given on any issue. ;)
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Without access to the OP's computer, his description of his selection "problems" sounds like Word:mac's normal behavior. I rarely use Word:win. So, I cannot attest to how much better it is that its Mac-based sibling. Without question, many Windows users produce beautiful documents using Word. However, my experience is that the vast majority of Word:win users, including those who are reasonably proficient in the app, produce crap. I am not ready to stipulate that Word:win is better than Word:mac.
     
  5. macnfab macrumors regular

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    I was raised on windows (and i'm an IT student) until about a year ago when I finally saw the light and bought my first macbook. I use word everyday for school and I have never had an issue with word or excel/powerpoint... My MS office on my mac works much better than with my one remaining PC.

    Sounds more like a mouse issue to me.
     
  6. edk thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for the feedback folks. I will try a simple wired mouse and see if the issue persists. It could be the logitec mouse causing the problem I guess....
     

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