Friday, May 05, 2006

Good Deed for the Day

I know that some exams require that you insert a word count from the word processor. I always struggled with this on Word and could never remember how to do it. So, if you are having issues like that, here it is. Insert > Field > NumWords. Then format the numbers to however you'd like. You may right click on it at any time to update the field. This is actually more for my own information next year than anything...but if it helps, it helps.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

armen, is this your way of doing penance? if so, you better have a lot more good deeds up your sleeve for all that you have done.

5/06/2006 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds too complicated for me. On my version of Word you can select all or part of a document and click Word Count from the Tools menu. It gives you the word count for the selected section.

5/07/2006 9:11 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Bra fucking vo. But for some exams you have to insert a word count at the end. What do you do, get a word count and write it on a post it, then type it at the end of the document?

5/07/2006 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually don't need a post-it to remember the word count. But it's good to know that Word has a way of helping students with special needs in this area.

5/08/2006 1:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Under the View->Toolbars menu, you can also choose to make the word count toolbar visible. When you've finished typing a particular problem/section you can highlight the text and click "recount." This is my preferred method because I haven't been able to figure out how to get the NumWords field to apply only to certain portions of the document.

5/08/2006 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:24 -

Judging from Armen's response to the alternate suggestion above, I think it's safe to say that he's not really in a penitent mood.

Armen -

In case you do happen to be in a penitent mood, don't waste any of it on me. Any harm to my fragile ego as a result of your obvious disdain of my word counting method was more than countered by your helpful post-it tip. Until now I had just tried to remember the number, wondering for weeks afterwards whether I remembered correctly, regretting that I tried to perform a word count in my distracted state, wishing I had left just a few more seconds to collect myself first, and waking up at night praying that any negligence on my part did not rise to the level of an honor code violation. A post-it note. Brilliant.

5/08/2006 5:16 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Definitely no penance for mocking idiots who don't know the difference between inserting a wordcount generated by the wordprocessor and typing up a number after checking the word count. Good suggestions guys...why didn't I think of that?

5/08/2006 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not playing nice, Armen. Maybe some people who know the difference don't find your clever solution as appealing as you do. (Too complex? Too much like the wordprocessing job they came to law school to avoid? Doesn't involve enough of those cute multi-color Post-It notes? Unreflective dislike?) It might even make you look bad to call people idiots because they don't agree with you. Unless it's funny. That would change everything.

5/09/2006 9:47 PM  

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