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Has anyone ever had this issue before?

So I basically have a long word document (around 20 pages) with lots of text, images, tables, graphs, and captions. Every time I change something in the text, it could be something as simple as adding a sentence somewhere or maybe something more complex has switching the arrangement of paragraphs, the whole document gets messed up. All the images and their text box captions move in different places and the text starts skipping space....for example you have one sentence on one page and then a blank space and then the document continues (you can't fix it using back space). A bunch of problems like this happen and its annoying because I don't now how to correct my paper now. Is there a way to fix it?

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I use OpenOffice.org. : ) But yes, I've had that problem a couple times and learned how to deal with it on my own. I could not teach it if someone gave me a free education on teaching.
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I have encountered similar issues. I would only say you may want to look into PageMaker, or Publisher, or other software that preserves the initial formatting of your document.

I find Word limited in this respect.
    
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I have encountered similar issues. I would only say you may want to look into PageMaker, or Publisher, or other software that preserves the initial formatting of your document.

I find Word limited in this respect.
How would I use Microsoft Publisher? Is it similar to word?
    
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How would I use Microsoft Publisher? Is it similar to word?
It's not similar but does what I think you're looking to do. Word is based on text-writing and such, with the added abilities of including charts, pictures, etc.

But - Word really functions around word processing, not so much layout/design. That's where Publisher excels better than Word. It's more focused on the design/layout aspect and should keep the text within the layout, unlike Word which sometimes interprets the additions/subtractions differently.

They should work together too, so if you can get at least the word processing end where you want it, you should be able to copy/past or merge those documents/sections into Publisher and then manipulate it the way you want. Or so it seems it should be that easy...
    
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Has anyone ever had this issue before?

So I basically have a long word document (around 20 pages) with lots of text, images, tables, graphs, and captions. Every time I change something in the text, it could be something as simple as adding a sentence somewhere or maybe something more complex has switching the arrangement of paragraphs, the whole document gets messed up. All the images and their text box captions move in different places and the text starts skipping space....for example you have one sentence on one page and then a blank space and then the document continues (you can't fix it using back space). A bunch of problems like this happen and its annoying because I don't now how to correct my paper now. Is there a way to fix it?

Thanks
All the time, but I don't have the time right now to explain my fix in entirety, but a quick work-around is to make a new text box within the body and anchor it to the page (select whatever formatting type/text-wrapping for it you want), and insert any figures/captions you need there. The text box should not move with the body since it's anchored, and if you need to move it manually, just un-anchor it, move it, and re-anchor it. I've found that method is the simplest quick workaround.

But this is something that, for some reason, has existed nearly since the dawn of MS Word, and I can't fathom why it's still a problem--can it not be fixed?
    
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Its silly garbage like this that made me uninstall Word.

I don't use it anymore... Google Docs FTW
 
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Alright, I'm using publisher. The only problem is that all the images are behind the text (even if I change the text wrapping to square).
    
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Alright, I'm using publisher. The only problem is that all the images are behind the text (even if I change the text wrapping to square).
Right-click and bring to front? I don't know if there's an option, never used publisher.
    
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Right-click and bring to front? I don't know if there's an option, never used publisher.
yeah that doesn't work. it's fine though...I could keep moving the text by clicking enter so its not interfering with the image (just takes a little time). Thanks for the help.
    
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