I am looking for a word or multiple words to describe someone who is very (perhaps even 'overly') concerned about the fine details of something. It could be describing someone who is a perfectionist, or someone who is overly strict with obeying rules, or someone who wants everything to be 'prim and proper'. I recall knowing a couple of words with these connotations but they have completely slipped my mind.
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a : fussy about small details
He lacked the patience to deal with such persnickety tasks as hanging wallpaper.
nitpicker if you want the connotation of overly perfectionist
The closest word I can think of is
showing great attention to detail or correct behavior: he was punctilious in providing every amenity for his guests.
A punctilious person is one who lets no detail of a task or enterprise escape scrutiny and correction.
If you're looking for a noun, how about a fussbudget?
Since you specifically ask for a noun rather than an adjective, I have these: fusspot, pedant, perfectionist and stickler.
I'd like to propose pedant. It's a person who is overly concerned with formal rules, excessively concerned with formalism and precision.
The adjective is pedantic.
I haven't seen someone offer the word anal (or anal-retentive):
The term anal-retentive (also anally retentive), commonly abbreviated to anal, is used conversationally to describe a person who pays such attention to detail that the obsession becomes an annoyance to others, potentially to the detriment of the anal-retentive person.
A Micro-Manager... I.E. My Boss