I rarely use Word anymore. Upon entering graduate school, I learned how to use LaTeX, and it is amazing. I have the power to control how my document looks like, and it does the things for me in a way that Word doesn’t do. It numbers my example sentences automatically, and I don’t have to worry about them. I am able to do complex diagrams involving attribute value matrices, which is something that is very hard to do in Word.
I only use Word for non-serious business, say, recipes, or other stuff that needs to be typed but don’t need the elegant factor.
I still use Excel. I use it to keep track of the grades of my students. I also use it to do my chi-square tests. Basically, I use it to store my numbers. I also use it to store the metadata file of my CDs that contain my pictures.
I used Powerpoint recently. I had no choice, since I had to write a poster for a conference, and I don’t know of any other program that would allow me to make a poster that is 60 inches wide and 40 inches tall.
Now this is the pain in the ass. The commands are so counter-intuitive, sometimes I spend so many minutes searching the toolbar for the appropriate click. I make a box, and instantly, it is filled with a light blue color, something I did not specify. I then remove the filling, but when I make another one, there it is again! Why does it makes these small decisions for me, when I didn’t instruct it to do so in the first place?
The font is Arial, but I wanted it Verdana. Every time I make a new text box, it will revert to Arial, and so I need to specify it again that I want Verdana instead of Arial. Same thing with the font size. This program sucks.
Anyway, the good thing is that I am done with writing the poster. And unless I have another poster to write, then I won’t be touching Microsoft Powerpoint for the moment. I will stick to LaTeX, where I can manipulate my document using codes that seem tech-savvy.