Thanks Microsoft!

So I finally bit the bullet and upgraded to Windows 10; somewhat apprehensively. I was very happy with Windows 7, and so other than no more service packs there was little to entice me.

After discovering the reason why my screen was truncated (AMD Catalyst Controller graphics software) I was relatively happy. I must say it is faster, though I don’t like losing control of when and what it upgrades.

Then I went to use my handy little Microsoft Word tool which automatically date stamps and archives my writing, only to find that it no longer worked.

After a little looking around I discovered that Microsoft had decided I really needed US English to be installed and reset to my default language as part of the upgrade to Windows 10. The Americans, God bless their cotton socks do weird things like Month-Day-Year and this was the cause of the problem.

Partway through planning my angry rant I then realised that this exposed a flaw in my code. So after a little tinkering and some humble pie I have now fixed the code so that it works better, no matter what your date settings are (hopefully).

I find the tool invaluable.

Now, back to actually doing the writing…


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Update on Quick-Saving Documents

In Writing Tools I provided a Microsoft Word macro that I use for quick saving documents, which automatically adds a datestamp to the beginning (or end) of the filename with a single click, and moves the old version to another location.

In the original article, I recommended putting the datestamp at the beginning of the file so that files are sorted nicely in the directory by date.

2015-06-19 Vengeance Will Come.docx

This works fine if the entire story is in a single document. However since then I’ve noticed Word tends to struggle a bit when documents grow too big, so I have split my document into chapters.

So now I have an amended recommendation:

If you are using the auto-archiving feature which automatically moves old versions of the document to an alternate location and you have multiple documents per story, then the datestamp works best when at the end of the filename.

Chapter 1 – Vengeance Will Come 2015-06-19.docx

This way it will be ordered nicely by chapter and as auto-archiving moves files you will still only have the latest version of each chapter in the folder.