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MAG/NET Help the Idiot

"One or more of your margins are outside the print boundary.  Do you want to continue?" it asks, innocently. This is a question similar to that old saw about, "Have  you stopped beating your wife yet?"

The question basically says, "We've already confirmed you're an idiot. Click 'yes' to continue."

"But I don't want to be an idiot," you say, and so you click on the other nice little button they offer, the one that says, "Fix it".

Proving that you really are an idiot: Because in this case, as in many others, if you click "Fix it," giving Microsoft Word permission to help you, it will trash your document, leaving you a 20-minute re-fix job.

See the whole reason I had the margins set the way they were, was because I was building a table to print labels: A table that requires 0.3 inch margins because of the way the labels are positioned on the page.  Now, obviously, I can just set the left and right margins to 0.3 and build my table, right?

Well no.

See, if I do that, I'll have problems with my table because, even though I set all the columns so the width of the table is exactly 7.9 inches, Word will have a fit because: "That doesn't fit between the margins, because we have to allow for that extra space I put around the table...for the borders."

So I set the left margin to 0.3 inch, and the right margin to 0.15 inch...hence the warning. Note at this point a subtlety: I have a 7.9" wide table with a 0.3 inch left margin, so the right edge of my table is 0.3" from the right edge.  All my text is inside the table.  So there isn't anything on my page that will be clipped if I go ahead and print.

Office isn't concerned about that.  That margin is wrong, and must be fixed. Because you're an idiot for having it that way.

Now we come to that innocent little "Fix it" button. Let's say I was enough of an...idiot... to click on it: Word would correct my margins to a "non-idiotic" setting of 0.5 inch all the way around.  It would shift my table column widths, and my table row heights, and shift rows to the next page.

It would totally trash everything I worked so hard to set up. Oops...undo. Nope, we don't provide for undoing our trashing of your document that you asked us to fix. You insist on doing it "wrong" then restore it the hard way, bub!

So what do I do? Choose "Yes" to continue...and that's the end of it, isn't it?

Nope.

See, every time I go to print that page again:

...you're an idiot, let us help you!

Print...you're an idiot, let us help you!

Print...you're an idiot, let us help you!

Print...you're an idiot, let us help you!

Print...you're an idiot, let us help you!

Print...you're an idiot, let us help you!

Print...you're an idiot, let us help you!

Print...you're an idiot, let us help you!

Print...you're an idiot, let us help you!

The only way I can shut the miserable thing up is to fix the margins (which I might not be able to do) or let it destroy my document.

Because they know you're an idiot, and idiots need help, right?

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