Programs come and go and I generally resist change for change’s sake. Of course, I often do make the change to new software and it’s usually because of some huge and miraculous new feature which has been introduced. Sometimes though, it’s a tiny little tweak that takes my fancy and gets me to change.
There is no doubt that Microsoft Word 2010 is a good-looking package with all the bells and whistles that you might reasonably require, but I wasn’t really tempted to move over to it and abandon my venerable and well-used copy of Word 2000. Not, that is, until I noticed that Word 2010’s status bar includes a running total of the number of words in the document.
It’s not a huge thing but, for me it is pretty darn cool, and the straw that broke the camel’s back and persuaded me I needed a new wordprocessor. Now all I have to do, is figure out how to make it the default program for opening .DOC files because Windows still insists on opening them with Word 2000, no matter how often I tell it not to.
Having a continuously updated idea of the number of words I’ve used is great although it’s perhaps not quite as cool as the hack done by a fellow computer scribe, so that his copy of Word displayed not only a running word count, but also how much he would earn from them at his usual rate per word.