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Helen Printing out lyrics in columns (13) RE: Printing out lyrics in columns 21 Oct 21


I haven't used MsPublisher for many years but about 20 years ago in one of my working roles I coordinated a Christmas carols event and had to create a document with a large number of carols, nicely laid out in columns, with font big enough to read - in candlelight!! - and a few pretty images scattered around and decorative headings.

I had a little bit of amateur experience with MsPublisher but OMG what a drama! Every time I thought it was doing what it was supposed to do, a new curly variation would creep in. It took a lot of mucking around and muttered curses and then, finally when I had it all ready to print out, and I had checked and double checked that it would print as it showed on screen, I printed it and the end lines had migrated to the next column on some of the lyrics. I had already sent it to be printed and time was getting away from me so I just had to present it to the project owners and to the event crowd with these glaring mistakes.

That's why I always double check the print view before I finally print it out. Once bitten, twice shy. I also don't bother with MsPublisher any more although it may have improved since then.

I agree about WordPerfect, saulgoldie. Bring back the good old days. Unfortunately Microsoft invaded most of the workplaces and none of them used WordPerfect any more.

Just to add a musical reference, the line which always comes into my head when technology outwits humans is from the last verse of Shel Silverstein's Ever Lovin' Machine

"Oh she always did what she was supposed ter right up to this evening but then
"She had an affair with the toaster and they ran off and left me again"


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