Platypus wrote, in part: "I guess MS can't make it default to please everybody, but you'd wonder that it wouldn't be made a switchable option."
And it ain't just MS!! The amount of griping I hear (some from myself) about default settings that "I don't like" is far too much, and in particular when the default can be reconfigured to suit one's personal taste quite easily.
There is also the problem, too, of "option overload." It was interesting to see GPS makers go from "you can configure virtually every blessed little detail" regarding display colors, level of detail for labeling not only streets/roads but other things like bodies of water, etc., etc., etc., in the earliest units to, "you'll take these defaults, and here are the few (relatively speaking) things you can customize" approach prevalent today. Virtually all of that was secondary to customers complaining because they were so overwhelmed at trying to find the thing they wanted to change when they wanted to make what should have been a simple change. When you've got a thousand options, even if they're arranged carefully and hierarchically, it makes it very difficult to find what you're looking for unless you have had to look on multiple occasions and relatively frequently and developed (no pun intended) navigation skills. Most people, including myself, don't. This applies more broadly, too. Try finding the option you're looking for when you want to make any number of "simple" tweaks to any MS-Office program. It can be maddening!
Brian AKA Bri the Tech Guy (my website address is in my profile) Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, Version 1709, Build 16299
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