DIE!, foul creature, DIE!
I’m typing email addresses into a spreadsheet. Excel helpfully turns them into hyperlinks that automatically start up a “new message” in Outlook if I click on them. They reformat themselves into unreadable 7.5-point, blue, underlined type.
I never asked Excel to do any of this.
After some investigation, I found out that the auto-correct options have been moved to “proofing” which is buried under the “Excel Options” button which is well isolated from the flow of menu items, under the new “Office” icon in the upper-left of the screen. I drilled down and killed the offending feature, but IT WON’T DIE!!! I’m still getting tiny hyperlinks when I type in email addresses.
It’s probably because the spreadsheet was created in Excel 2003 – not that I care about the reason for Microsoft’s incompetence – but when will they get it through their heads that fancy isn’t necessarily better, and just because they can dream up a function is not a sign from heaven that we want it in our software. I have seen many users reduced to screaming rage by the counterintuitiveness of their uncooperative applications. Sometimes the voice is my own… it is difficult to be certain.