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Why wait for a printer when you're not printing?
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gemsling
Why the fuck do I get this message:

"The printer has not yet responded, but the Microsoft Office program may be able to proceed without printer information. Do you want to continue to wait for the printer?"

...when all I've done is tried to open a document?

It takes an extra 5-10 seconds to open the document, during which the CPU goes crazy and Winamp stops playing music. Which would be okay if I was trying to print a document and the printer wasn't responding.

But I'm just trying to open the bloody thing! Why even consult the printer before there is an actual need to use it?

It's not really clear which printer it's talking about, either. In the Print dialogue, it has no printer selected, as if it doesn't know which printer is not responding. However, selecting my default printer shows that it's working just fine. Weird.
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Ahh M$ is there anything it does do right?

In fairness to Microsoft, just as you can do a lot better than them in most things, you can also do a lot worse. What hurts is that a) we get these horrid annoyances from a company that has a lot of experience in software development and should know better, and b) we have no choice but to use the software, even if we find a more suitable alternative.

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