PC Magazine has written an article on solving problems with Microsoft Office. It has tips for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Office helps to smooth and automate almost any task you can imagine when creating and editing documents, but it tries so hard to be helpful that it sometimes does more harm than good. When Word converts a line of dashes into a horizontal line that you can't delete, for example, or when Excel insists on formatting a set of numbers as a date, you have every right to be annoyed. And you're also right to be annoyed when you discover that you've been wasting time doing things the long way because a better method was lost among Office's dense jumble of features or because Microsoft didn't document its shortcuts and time-saving features clearly.