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10/12/11
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fastoy3

"Upgrade your document to the latest version of Google documents." and now there's no way to delete it.

Browser & Operating System (e.g. Firefox/Mac OSX): Firefox 3.6.23 and Windows 7 Pro SP 1
Free consumer account (@gmail, @yahoo...) or Google Apps account (@yourdomain): Free Google Apps account
Describe the steps you took that produced this error: Open an old format document
Copy and paste any error messages: "Upgrade your document to the latest version of Google documents."

As have been discussed at length here there are numerous reasons NOT to convert documents.
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Loren Leah
10/12/11
Loren Leah
I'm having exactly this problem right now.  (Firefox 7.0.1, Windows 7 64bit, regular non-Apps account) I'm not going to upgrade my documents, I'm using features from the old version that don't exist in the new version!  I just want to make the stupid gold bar go away.
Gill
10/12/11
Gill
<< I just want to make the stupid gold bar go away.>> Me too.

Google, please don't force us to move away from the old format docs completely. Go back to having the "Dismiss" option at least on the yellow bar.
naodrith
10/12/11
naodrith
I use the classic look of Gdocs (despite having to go to extreme workaround lengths to do so, that I am always terrified will be disabled too and force me to stop using Gdocs /completely/, as I will never use new Gdocs) and this upgrade bar, without being able to dismiss it, is driving me up a wall.

Do you people honestly not realise how patronising this is? "There's no possible, logical reason you could enjoy using our old version, so we're going to do everything possible to force you to upgrade!" Our inability to dismiss this gold bar - trivial as it probably seems to you, and really, is - is yet more proof that after months, maybe years, of being repeatedly told WHY people aren't switching, you haven't heard a thing.

1. Non fixed-width page. I will never use your fixed-width page, and until you provide a non fixed-width option, I will not switch.
2. Lag. It takes forever to load a page in the new version. It causes my computer to lag because of the second-by-second update on what my collaborators are writing, which I do not want or need.
3. Visually unappealing. Extremely so.

In addition to that, I downloaded Chrome (which I also find visually unappealing) to try the Adblock workaround to get rid of the bar...and I can't figure out how to make it work. Did you disable that, too? (Willing to admit that maybe I'm just not getting it, but I followed the directions!)

PLEASE, Gdocs staff. Some of us prefer the classic look. It works for what we use it for. We are not ASKING for your new features, or for support. We just want to be able to keep using the version that WORKS for us. And again, it is incredibly patronising that all you can do is virtually pat us on the head and say "oh, you're so silly. Try it, you'll like it!"

We did try it. We didn't like us. Stop trying to force us to switch.
JemiRage
10/12/11
JemiRage
I was vaguely hoping that this might have answers on how to get rid of that annoying gold bar, but apparently google have decided that if we decide to keep the old style, we couldn't possibly know what we're doing so the bar has to remain for when we change our minds.

I want the dismiss option back. I don't want to change to a fixed width document.
I don't want to update, my writing/editing partner finds that the whole process lags her computer until at 5,000 words, when it freezes and doesn't work at all. Which when you're a novelist is NOT helpful.

Give me back my dismiss and leave my docs alone. I don't want to update. I don't want new features. I just want it how it was and to be allowed to leave it like that.
Lunacy Decadence
10/12/11
Lunacy Decadence
As with others, I came here hoping things could be fixed. Instead it seems that Google is trying to force change on others that isn't useful at all. My work computer, where I do both work as a novelist as well as documents for my employer, does not handle the "updated" style beyond 5000 words. Something in the coding causes it to crash once we reach this point, lagging my entire computer until it isn't even feasible to use.
 
Why force others to use a faulty program that before I would rave to others about?
jimsey
10/12/11
jimsey
If you are going to force us to use the new version, please make the old formatting in my documents compatible with the new ones. It appears that literally every single word document that I have with headers and footers and other formatting will need to redone to be usable again (300+!!!!). Google fail.
ElleCC
10/12/11
ElleCC
I have absolutely no intention of ever updating my 200+ files to the new docs. I refuse. They don't render well on my iPhone, I get all sorts of mixed up results when I copy/paste between docs, they lag when I type, they freeze past some number of words (I only played with pasting in a lot of words to see if I could meet the existing gdocs' ~80k limit--and it just froze up), etc etc. The lack of "Dismiss" worries me that the old-style docs are going away. At which point... I don't even know what I'll do. I rely on gdocs so heavily. It would be devastating to not be able to use it. Please, please, please don't take them away.
Harijs
10/12/11
Harijs
It looks like Google stubbornly keeps it's totalitarian approach "I will force to like you what I like" despite that new editor is incapable to do many useful things that old editor does well.  That means I will probably be forced to switch to something different (most certainly NOT to this new editor).

So the inevitable question is - what other choices are there?  I mean something like Google Docs editor was before Google went mad imposing unnecessary changes. 

Google employees - if some of you are reading this: 

1) It was terrible mistake to _not_ investigate first what capabilities people really use in old editor. It's even bigger mistake to force people to stop using old editor while new one is significantly worse in many aspects, most of all html operations, tables, image handling etc. etc.

2) If you still are going to kill old editor, PLEASE make it Open Source instead. Hopefully some more realistic people will continue to maintain it.

Harijs
10/12/11
Harijs
See in http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2011/03/upgrading-documents-to-new-google-docs.html 

" If they completely get rid of the old version, it's goodbye Google and hello Zoho writer."

Any experience with switching to Zoho?  Is it worth trying? 


Google user
10/12/11
Google user
I'm just glad to know I'm not the only one who wants to stick with the "classic look." If you're not going to print the document, why would you want that look? I want as much text on the screen as I can get and that's the classic look.
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ExplainingComputers
6/11/12
ExplainingComputers
Yes, I can change the paper type. But on c.800 documents? And especially given how slow new docs are compared to working on old ones. I tried opening up nine book chapters to make the page size changes, and the whole thing as good as grinds to a stop. So inevitably I will not go and edit all of my all docments, and then I will open one up in the future and crash my printer. Thanks Google.
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