Head-to-Head: LibreOffice 4.0 vs. Microsoft Office

Word Count

LibreOffice's "Writer" word processor has had a word counter in the status bar since version 3.6, but v4 adds the ability to specify word boundary characters for the purpose of counting words. This overrides the previous usage of long- and short-dash characters, which was hardwired and inflexible. As editors, word count is something we in the CRN Test Center use constantly; it's simply a must-have feature. The word processor in GoogleApps didn't hit the sweet spot for us until it added a menu command that counts words and characters in a document. Shown here is LibreOffice 4.0, with its word counter shown in the status bar (as does Microsoft Word).


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