5. At the bottom of the above annoying window, the text ‘Was this information helpful?’ appears. NO!

6. If I accidentally select a range of cells, and accidentally place the mouse near the corner of the cells and move it, I get asked this:

I hate this message

I hate this message

The answer is always ‘no, isn’t it obvious I just have poor mouse control?’

7. Excel tries to be intelligent but fails. It doesn’t always work out what range of cells I want to add up if I have copied and pasted a formula from one sheet to another. This annoys me. Surely it should be obvious that if I added up previously from cell A1 to A20 in sheet 1 then I will want to do the same in sheet 2?

8. It crashes more frequently than Word, especially when I have huge enormous spreadsheets full of superfluous data.

9. More than once I have accidentally saved an older version of a spreadsheet over a newer version and it doesn’t ask me if I’m sure I want to save the older version over the newer one. It should do. I am human and it is very unlikely that someone would actually want to do this. I once lost 12 hours work by doing this. This is actually the one time when I would appreciate a pop-up window asking me ‘are you sure?’

10. This might be just me but sometimes, if I have two spreadsheets open, it only seems to think I have one open. I have to keep returning to ‘open recent’ to locate the second spreadsheet even though it is open. I have no idea what this means.

There are more things that annoy me about Excel (such as if my top line is bold, why does it think I want the next line of data to be bold as well?) but that is enough for today. And my love of it outweighs the annoyances. After all, it can be used to create art as well as data.

Bored of data? Create art instead.

Bored of data? Create a portrait of your geeky friend instead.




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