Lately, Microsoft Office Word 2007 really chaps my hide. Not only have Microsoft fractured the tried-and-true interface with that "fluent" crap, but they have added a zillion goofy new features that few people are likely to actually use. And the one feature that would really help me out doesn’t seem to exist.
I work with a lot of technical documents, and I need the ability to control the flow of my content. For a long time, Word has provided the ability to keep one paragraph tethered to the following paragraph, so that if a page break occurs, then they both move to the next page together. That’s great for some styles of text, such as headings, which need to stick with (at least) the following body paragraph.
But I don’t always know what’s coming next! Consider a figure or caption, which needs to stick with the paragraph that precedes it. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to offer a "keep with previous" option, at least as an alternative? Otherwise, I have to comb through my content manually every time I repaginate the document.
I’d welcome any suggestions. I’m gonna go sulk.