I am just so spoiled by the incremental filter in the Eclipse’s preferences dialog! In fact, I was totally taken aback when I tried to turn off so-called smart quotes in the Microsoft Office. I thought the choice was somewhere in the Tools/Options dialog, but actually looking for it manually was a real pain. I even stared at the overloaded screen for a couple of seconds willing for the search box to show up.
In the end, it was all for naught. The option was actually in a pop-up sub-dialog of a completely different menu section (in MSWord 2003). Good thing I have roughly known what to look for. Unfortunately, I don’t think the new Ribbon will make changing these obscure options any easier.