Does Word reveal codes One of the most frustrating things about Word in the past is that you can not see many of the formatting codes. WordPerfect was far superior in that regard. I'm wondering if the new 2007 Word allows the user to see all of the formatting codes.
There are fundamental differences in the basic design assumptions between Word and WordPerfect which mean that you will never, ever see anything like WP's "reveal codes" in Word. For a great description of why, see these two brief articles on the Word MVP site:
Articles titled: "Is there life after Reveal Codes?" and "How Word differs from WordPerfect"
There is a "reveal codes" function in Word. In the toolbar click the paragraph character (a backward "P" with two lines instead of one). This will show codes in Word. I don't know about Office Word 2007, but I can't imagine they would take it away.
I used WordPerfect for years from Version 5 through Version 10. We've been using Word at the office now for the last 3-4 years, and while I've grown accustomed to Word, the one thing I miss the most from WordPerfect is the Reveal Codes...nothing Word has given us (though I haven't seen version 2007) is comparable to the funcionality of WP's Reveal Codes. I hope Word 2007 has addressed this issue.
If you are a Wordperfect user, MS Word just sux. That's all there is to it. Word does unexpected things and Word documents just misbehave. There is really nothing you can do about it. If a Word document starts to misbehave so badly that it is unrecoverable, you must start a new document and slowly cut and paste the misbehaving document into the new one a little bit at a time to get rid of the gremlins. You just cannot see the offending reveal codes like you can in Wordperfect.
If you are forced to use MS Word, just protest, and stop the monopoly train. Like I said, MS Word just sux. Why do you think that most lawyers use Wordperfect?