I've been using MS Word for probably 20 years.
I wouldn't say I'm an expert user because there are several advanced features I've never had reason to use. But I am very comfortable with it and what I don't know how to do I can usually figure out relatively quickly.
And then I was tasked with printing addresses directly on a postcard. For whatever reason labels were a no-no. I don't ask why, I find a way to get the job done. This was no biggie, though. I opened up Word to create a template so I could merge the addresses in from the database and I could print as many off as I needed to. I've done this sort of thing LOTS of times. It shouldn't have taken more than 20 minutes, TOPS.
It took longer.
Like TEN HOURS.
Yes. HOURS. The problem was the size of the postcard. I'd never run paper that small (6x4). I had to use the envelope feeder, but no matter WHAT I did, it would not print where I told it to. I used the Postcard template in the Labels/Envelopes menu but THAT would only print from the main paper drawer which couldn't 'pick up' the 6 x 4 card.
I tried to set a custom paper size in Word, but the printer wouldn't recognize anything smaller than 8.5 x 11 unless it was an envelope but if I tried adapting an envelope to my purpose, it would put the text clear off in the boonies.
I was getting frustrated.
I changed every setting I could think of but nothing worked! It SHOULD have worked. All logic pointed to it working. I could see it on the screen lined up where it should be but it would print in some hokey spot.
I tried reverse psychology. Figuring if it's on the right side of the screen but prints on the left side of the paper, then if I move it to the left side of the screen it will print on the right side of the paper, right?
Uh,no. Computers are not to be trifled with.
I'm not afraid to admit I spewed some pretty colorful adjectives, my friends. I think there were a few I could loan to drunken sailors to spice things up a bit next time they're on leave.
But I didn't give up.
I'm ridiculously stubborn at moments like this.
Some might say pigheaded.
And today, I figured out a way to make it work. It's sooooo not pretty, but it works.
YES! Success at last!
I heard some nature photographers talking about what it takes to get "the shot". They said they had to be stupidly patient. When normal people gave up, they waited. When abnormal people gave up, they waited some more. When saints gave up, they waited longer still. And eventually, after weeks or months of nothing, they would finally see the egg hatch or the bear give birth or whatever.
Do you see the analogy here or do I need to spell it out? You need to keep fighting/working/querying/trying. When it gets hard. When the odds are against you. When you're tired and discouraged.
Are you up to it? If I can beat Microsoft Word, I can beat ANYTHING!