I have been using Office 365 (mainly Word) on a MacBook for a few months. I am still struggling a bit because my previous Office software was Office for Mac 2011 and the two versions of
Word are very different, especially if, like me, you have enjoyed making use of fairly advanced stuff such as S&R, macros and clever bits of layout.
My husband has a PC laptop with Windows 10 and Office 365. He hates computers as much as I love them. He has no patience to learn how to do things and needs me to be this resident IT first-aider. (To be fair, he is my resident mechanical first-aider; he is very clever and practical and if, for example, my printer goes wrong, IF it's a hardware problem he is much better at dealing with it than I am, and he can do everything with wood, plumbing, electrics, etc.)
A long time ago we used to have a Canon Starwriter, and he got on well with that because it was much like a glorified electric typewriter. If he could still get such a thing, he'd really like one of those again. BUT, because I'm better at spelling, grammar and words than he is, we often want to work on the same document, he on his computer and me on mine, each working on it in turn and then emailing it to the other for revision. So, even if we could get a Starwriter, I want anything he wants me to revise and edit to be compatible with Word.
Does anything exist that he could use with Word to make it much simpler to use? (Or even, at a pinch, without Word?)
Let me give the example of his difficulties that happened half an hour ago and prompted me to post this SOS. (It has happened before, it's not a one-off.)
He wants to type an address in the course of a document, not at the top of a letter, and he's annoyed that the computer inserts extra line space between the lines of the address. I explain that this is because the computer thinks each line is a new paragraph and is doing paragraph spacing. I say we just need to check how to do a soft return. He says he doesn't want to learn how to do this – "I'll never remember". He wants to do a carriage return to go to the next line and do it twice or more for a bigger space.
Before coming to my tried and tested friend Geeks to Go, I did a Google and found something called Typewriter.exe. It looked as if it could be useful for what I want, but I am very nervous about downloading a program file without any guidance as to whether it could be harmful. I don't know how useful it would be, but you can try it before you buy it and it's not very expensive if you do buy it. But I'd like to be reassured before I do anything.
I'd be so grateful for some advice.