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Journal #2: Microsoft Word Reflection
In the reading for today, you were introduced to "10 Things Every Microsoft Word User Should Know": ten of the little-used, but highly-useful, features of Word. (Features that are available, I should add, in other word-processing programs as well.) An unspoken--or quietly-spoken--part of the article, however, is the fact that few people use more than the most basic features of Word. According to research conducted in the late 1990s, and repeated as recently as last year, most people only use Word for basic text entry. That's also true of other word processing programs, and for "productivity" software in general: most people only use, and are only aware of, a tiny fraction of the programs' functions. Your question is this: Why? Why do people use a software package for task after task without learning much about the software or exploring its features and limitations? Write a short essay (two to three paragraphs) responding to these questions.
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This is the course website for English 213, Section A, taught by Quinn Warnick at Iowa State University during fall 2008. Please refer to the policy document, found at the top of the center column, for more information about this class. Updates to the syllabus will be posted to this site one week in advance, and any changes to the readings and/or assignments will be reflected in the summaries for each week.