I just figured out this thing that’s been bugging me that no one will care about. When I open Gywnne Dyer’s columns in Microsoft Word, the pages always display side-by-side instead of one at a time. Which I hate. I want Word to display one page at a time.
Dyer’s the only columnist who sends files that do this, and it’s been driving me batshit for months.
What’s the difference between Dyer’s columns and every other file? I couldn’t figure it out. It wasn’t margins, it wasn’t a mis-checked option under the View tab, it wasn’t the typeface or font size (although when I display the files at 110 per cent I get the one-page view that I want, but that doesn’t answer the basic question of why it was displaying differently and anyway I oppose such false, lazy “solutions” on principle).
Well, I figured it out. It was the page size. I went to the Page Layout tab, clicked “size”, and aha! Dyers columns are opening in format A4, which is 21 X 29.7 centimetres.
I changed the size to Letter (8.5 X 11 inches) and all is well. Dyer’s pages display one at a time, which is just the way I like to read them.
I feel so much better.