Oct 13 2021 02:00 PM
Oct 13 2021 02:00 PM
This is actually an old issue that was fixed a long time ago, but somehow has now resurfaced. My Normal Style is set to indent first lines of paragraphs. The problem that has come back again is that when I press the backspace key, it will not move back to the un-indented beginning of the line. The only workaround I've found for this is to go into the paragraph group and temporarily remove the indent default.
Like I said, this is an old problem that was addressed and fixed at least three or more years ago. Somehow, today, it has just come back again, and it's a real nuisance. The backspace key should take me back to the beginning of the line, whether there's an indent default in the Normal Styles gallery or not.
Since you're bound to ask, I'm on the latest Home version of Windows 10, not 365. Thank you.
Oct 13 2021 03:34 PM
Click File > Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options > AutoFormat As You Type and enable the option "Set left and first indent with tabs and backspaces."
Oct 14 2021 07:35 AM
Thank you so much. Actually, I discovered this on my own just minutes before receiving the solution from Stefan_Blom. This was a problem that existed years ago and that was fixed years ago. Never had a problem with it again until yesterday, just after Microsoft sent down one of its cumulative updates. Then, immediately after, like a zombie rising from the dead, the problem resurfaced. I realize my evidence is circumstantial. But the coincidence of everything working fine, then suddenly not fine after the update, points very strongly to Microsoft mucking around and messing things up. Why would they even mess around with this particular feature that has been working perfectly for years. You know the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Oct 14 2021 12:50 PM
As far as I can tell, nothing has changed. The "Set left and first indent with tabs and backspaces" option works the same it did years ago, when it was introduced.
Do you mean that the option has de-selected itself? In that case, the issue could be a damaged registry entry.
Oct 14 2021 03:32 PM
Oct 17 2021 04:31 PM
Cumulative updates usually refer to Windows updates. These wouldn't affect the settings in Word at all.
Or are you referring to some other type of update?
Oct 17 2021 04:55 PM
Oct 20 2021 03:15 AM - edited Oct 20 2021 03:28 AM
Thanks for the follow-up.
I have no explanation for the behavior. Of course, it does happen that registry entries break.
If you ever see this problem happening again, note the specific circumstances (such as Word crashing, an Office update being installed, or a Windows update being installed) and post back in this forum.