I originally thought of posting this over at TeX.SE but the words "blasphemy" and "sacrilege" crossed my mind and I decided it may be better to post it here instead.
There are many LaTeX tutorials out there that are geared towards MS Word users making the leap of faith. Understandably, it's a one-way leap. In other words, there are no MS Word tutorials for LaTeX users (that I can find).
So why would I want to switch (back) to MS Word?
You wouldn't. You never would. Sometimes, though, one is forced to use MS Word in the workplace. The problem is, when using MS Word, I find myself often in the LaTeX mindset; in other words, I frequently catch myself trying to size a picture relative to the paper width or attempting to automate some aspect or other in the document structure. This of course leads to frustration and procrastination on my part.
I decided that I would like to become a true MS Word power user so that I may use it properly whenever I am absolutely forced to. The main problem I faced is the absence of tutorials that cater to a would-be power user. Most tutorials seem to be targeting an average home user who wants to get their job done with as many mouse clicks as humanly possible.
So I'm looking for tutorials that would allow me to delve deeper into MS Word and tune its knobs more finely.
How is this a specific question that is on topic here?
To make my question a specific one that is fit for the StackExchange format, the answer I am looking for will be one of the following two:
- "No such thing exists, hack at will and hopefully write such a tutorial."
A link to a tutorial (book, lecture series, HOWTos, videos, ...) that satisfies the following criteria:
- Explains how to handle page layout; for example, how to have a wider margin on the spine-facing side of the page as in the LaTeX book class.
- Explains how to turn off the "helpful" defaults like auto-capitalization of the first letter of a sentence or automatic font family and size change. Ideally, it would explain how to fully customize the default behavior and save your customization as a profile.
- Explains how to correctly implement cross-referencing, sectioning and reference (bibliography) management, without having it break the minute any small change is made.
- Focuses on portability across the different versions of MS Word, ideally by explaining which features should be avoided and what are some best practices to ensure the formatting doesn't immediately break when the document is opened with another version of MS Word.
By extension, I would also be interested in a MS PowerPoint tutorial for LaTeX users.
I am not interested in starting a flame war and I don't mean to offend any MS Office users. I just sincerely wish to make the best of a (perceived) bad situation.