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Soon, Microsoft Word Will Edit Your Document for Political Correctness

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Posted By: ladydawgfan, 5/11/2019 12:40:11 PM

Is Microsoft trying to rehabilitate the image of Clippy? Sure, the hypercaffeinated anthropomorphic paperclip designed to “assist” you in your writing may have been the worst addition to Microsoft Office ever. “Hi! It looks like you’re writing a breakup letter! Can I help you with some reasons why your significant other might not be the one for you?” That digital irritant may have been removed from the program over a decade ago, but it still represents a nadir in Microsoft Word development. I’m not sure anything can replace that stupid paperclip, but according to the business magazine Fast Company,


I use Openoffice exclusively, even though MS Word is installed on my computer.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: LooseCannon 5/11/2019 12:50:52 PM (No. 61541)
I think I will go back to using my fountain pen and IBM Selectric. I´m not kidding.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Smart11344 5/11/2019 12:51:51 PM (No. 61560)
Unlieveable. These tech companies are hell bent on destroying America.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 5/11/2019 1:03:59 PM (No. 61568)
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Reply 4 - Posted by: HammerDax56 5/11/2019 1:10:04 PM (No. 61565)
First they came for the hymns. Ruined em. I think my dad was the only one in our church who dared to protest. Rise up of men of God.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: dirtyjersey 5/11/2019 1:11:33 PM (No. 61557)
Does anyone know where the “off” switch is for the “research” pop up in Excel? I have looked everywhere for a way to turn that off.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: curious1 5/11/2019 1:15:31 PM (No. 61558)
Looks like M$ wants to push a % of its customers to other competing platforms. Sounds about right.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: JHHolliday 5/11/2019 1:15:56 PM (No. 61549)
I don’t use MS Office. I use Libre. Free and just as good.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: NorthernDog 5/11/2019 1:23:45 PM (No. 61567)
So when a Hip Hop gangbanger is writing lyrics for a new song, it will be changed to ´Persons of Color´?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Safari Man 5/11/2019 1:23:57 PM (No. 61562)
Here’s a few suggested phrases:

Little black dress -> Little African-American dress
Homo milk -> Gay milk
He said she said -> They said they said
Illegal left turn -> undocumented progressive turn

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Urgent Fury 5/11/2019 1:27:04 PM (No. 61570)
Our office is being forced into the Google Suite anyway. Yay.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Lawsy0 5/11/2019 1:27:56 PM (No. 61559)
Hard to believe that MS Word bought its closes competitor back in the dark ages, which was Word Perfect. They called it that because it was. Like poster above, I use Libre -- it is free and most excellent.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: GO3 5/11/2019 1:30:52 PM (No. 61550)
A long time ago, when I had jobs writing lengthy documents and editors were onsite, the first thing they told us was to turn off the paper clip thing, auto formatting, or any other feature which made the editors´ lives miserable. I see in the article you can turn off the political correctness feature, so far. I´m getting tired of all the "help" MS foists on us.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Daisymay 5/11/2019 1:48:53 PM (No. 61564)
I don´t use ANY Auto-correct options. I shut them down! I hate them. That said, I don´t use MS Office. I used to love word perfect, but I guess that was the "old days"! Libre is fine for what I do, and free!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: TulsaTowner 5/11/2019 1:55:58 PM (No. 61555)
Libre is great. Not only that, it runs beautifully on most Linux distros. Microsoft finally drove me away with Win 10 to Linux Debian. Haven´t looked back since. Availability and quality of free applications is incredible. What I miss the least is waiting on Microsoft updates every time I turn on the computer.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: joew9 5/11/2019 1:56:35 PM (No. 61545)
Years ago Jesse Jackson and others decided that "black" was derogatory so they insisted that everyone start using "African american"
One of the major lefty newspapers did a global change everywhere in their paper (apparently using the simple find/replace feature) to accomplish Jesse´s request.
The result was an article about the improved finances of some company and how the companies books were "back in the African American."
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab 5/11/2019 2:20:27 PM (No. 61548)

Both are ´free´, powerful, and most likely won´t be spying on you.

I switched to Open Office from Microshaft on Windows many years ago, and now use Libre on Linux.

The Libre seems a little more powerful and more widely compatible with documents originally done on other platforms.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Rumblehog 5/11/2019 3:09:46 PM (No. 61556)
Time to go back to Word Perfect.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Catherine 5/11/2019 3:59:18 PM (No. 61543)
#1 - It broke my heart when they took my Selectric 2 away ad gave me a computer. I still hate these things but have to use them anyway if I want to know what´s going on in the world.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: clipped wings 5/11/2019 4:28:19 PM (No. 61546)
I´m a writer. I use Word when it´s necessary. I´m also a Mac devotee and have written three novels with Apple´s word processor, Pages. It´s a full-featured app that allows the user to export (when necessary) to a Word document.
A couple of years ago, a feature I use frequently disappeared from Pages. A call to the help desk revealed that an "engineer" had "improved" the app by removing the feature—for streamlining purposes. The embarrassed tech person told me that there had been so many complaints that I could easily activate a work-around.
Microsoft, i have seen, loves to "help" with their PC intrusions. As Shakespearean characters are fond of saying, "Faugh!"
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Reply 20 - Posted by: snakeoil 5/11/2019 4:31:03 PM (No. 61554)
I love spell checkers. I couldn´t spell cat without them. These things just make suggestions which you can choose to accept or ignore. Thanks everyone for telling me about Libre. Will give it a try but worry about anything that is free. One thing I find funny is to watch anything by WC Fields on You Tube with the closed captions turned on. Software ain´t that smart.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Italiano 5/11/2019 4:45:31 PM (No. 61561)
Got that right, #8, and how many kids are going to listen to the lyrics and ask their mamas why the music man is talking about female dogs.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: M2 5/11/2019 4:47:45 PM (No. 61547)
Can you imagine how wonderful the world would be without liberals?
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Reply 23 - Posted by: stablemoney 5/11/2019 5:09:06 PM (No. 61569)
Microsoft, we can do our on editing. Just put an on/off button by the selections, and we will make our own choices.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: PeasantNumberThree 5/11/2019 5:36:32 PM (No. 61563)
Someone posted this (fictitious) headline recently:

The creator of AutoCorrect has died.
His funfair is next Monkey.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: anniebc 5/11/2019 6:46:57 PM (No. 61544)
I pay for MS Office for my business, so they will hear from me. At least I can turn the freaking feature off; that is, until they make it impossible. Leftists make me sick. They are bent on destroying the world with their religion called the freaking almighty know it alls.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Strike3 5/11/2019 7:15:52 PM (No. 61542)
Looks like I bought my last copy of Office - ever. If we let FB and Google do it I can see why the rest of them think they can impart their PC insanity on us. (pun intended)
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Videodrone 5/11/2019 8:41:14 PM (No. 61551)
Late to the party (Mendo Mustang´s 32 annual Mother´s day car show with my Shelby GT500 - got to meet the owner of "the other one in town"

Word Perfect, Lotus 123 & organizer - miss them
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Trigger2 5/12/2019 1:35:23 AM (No. 61553)
My computer guru is telling all his customers to dump M/S and go to Linux. I´m about at the point for doing so.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 5/12/2019 2:47:35 AM (No. 61552)
Umm...no it won’t! I won’t let it!
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Reply 30 - Posted by: DVC 5/12/2019 12:40:26 PM (No. 61540)
Not mine.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Smart11344 5/12/2019 12:58:43 PM (No. 61566)
2nd post. Sorry. I forgot to mention I use the full version of MS2000 Word. I don´t think it has the though police breathing down my neck. Bit. I am not a tech person. For my needs with works wonderfully. Same with Windows XP. I look at all their OS´s after XP as crap. Besides Win XP, I have Windows 7. I don´t care for it. I do not use XP online. I have several programs that work with XP, but not with Win 7. I cannot use Mac, the programs that are most important to me don´t work on a mac.
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