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    I want an easy way to create a glossary as well. Some features in Word can almost be used for a "glossary" or "table of variables" or similar, but just doesn't work.
    I've seen the "table of authorities" feature used to create a glossary. It's cumbersome though and doesn't have a nice way of separating the formatting for the word, from the definition. Both the word and definition are defined together in the "Selected text" box when marking the term. Formatting must then be applied manually to every definition and/or glossary word, and is all erased when updating the table of authorities. Some tricks are needed to make page numbers disappear if they're not needed.
    An index doesn't allow the definitions to be added, though page numbers are optional.

    I think a glossary in Word should have the following features:
    1) marking of entries should be easy, similar to what is done for an index or table of authorities, where text is highlighted and marked as a glossary term.
    2) When the entry is marked, it would be nice to type in the definition there when the entry is marked, just as is done for a table of authorities.
    2b) It would be even nicer if there was a way to update definitions in the glossary itself, too, by typing the definition directly there (and not having it undone when the glossary is updated).
    3) The definitions for the glossary should be spell-checkable (people have wanted to spell-check the terms in an index, but word skips them)--even more important for a glossary because full sentences and new text will be in the glossary.
    4) Hyperlinks in the glossary would be nice, so I can click on the item in the glossary to go to where the term was marked as the text as a glossary entry.
    5) I think it would also be beneficial if different kinds of glossaries, or categories of glossary terms could be made, just as with the table of authorities, so that I could group different kinds of definitions. In my case I wanted both a glossary for definitions of words, and a "table of variables" that listed definitions of mathematical symbols. I could imagine uses of multiple glossaries for other cases, like "key words", or "Names", or separating people and places.
    6) A separate style should be attached to the glossary terms and the glossary definitions, so that updating the table doesn't mess up formatting (as happens if manually formatting different parts of a table of authorities).
    7) Options should be given for how glossary words and definitions are separated as well, e.g. tab, newline, ":" with a tab, with or without leaders, "--" with a newline, or whatever someone thinks of to make the formatting look good, but is consistently applied to every entry.
    8) Obviously the words should be alphabetized in the glossary. But maybe there are cases where the order should be allowed to be manually overridden: maybe entries with numbers come before or after those with standard letters; or maybe in my case with a table of variables and symbols that aren't necessary alphabetic, the automatic ordering won't make sense to the way I would order each individual item. Or maybe someone wants it ordered not alphabetically, but by order of appearance in the text (Movies and plays often order things this way). It would be nice to have those kind of options and fine control of ordering when needed.

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    Marshall commented  · 

    I have found out that "live word count" can mean something different to different people. It is explained well in the following link that "live word count" was a feature in at least one prior version of word that people liked and showed where the current position of the cursor is, in number of words. I misunderstood "DD"s clarification.

    See: https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/15770155-live-word-count-needed

    I'll leave my prior comment up because I still think it shows what I was thinking of as a "live word count", but is technically just a "word count".

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    Marshall commented  · 

    I definitely have a live word count in my version of word (newest 2016). Bottom left of my window. If you don't have it, there is an option to show it. Here's a website that shows what I'm talking about and how to enable it: http://www.addictivetips.com/microsoft-office/adding-information-in-word-2010-status-bar/. Instructions and images are for 2010, but it's the same in 2016. It is not showing where the cursor currently is, but how many words are in the document: moving my cursor doesn't change the count, but adding words anywhere in the document does. Here's a more official link showing the word count and how to get it to show up for 2016: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Show-the-word-count-and-more-825d4ccd-082b-4578-a621-66dfe27cdf48

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    Marshall commented  · 

    A live word count is available. If the option has disappeared from the status bar, right click on the status bar and select 'word count'. It will then be displayed in the status bar on the bottom left.

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    Marshall commented  · 

    "Live word count" can certainly be misinterpreted. I remember a time when I had to go to a menu somewhere to bring up the dialogue box to find the total number of words in the document so what you call "word count" seems like a live word count to me, because I can see it update. But looking up the term "live word count" I now understand that was the official term for a feature that I think may be better called "word number" or "word position" to be consistent with similar features of "page number", "vertical page position", or "line number".

    A workaround is to press shift-ctrl-home and it will display "534 of 1000" to show how many words are highlighted.

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    Marshall commented  · 

    I think this is a great idea! I think it could be extended to include any bookmark, hyperlink or text link, not just figures, or tables. It should include endnotes, footnotes, or other references, including the links in Tables of Contents, Table of Figures, or any link added with "insert cross-reference".
    This would make it more convenient even when there is little scrolling to be done with figures in the text that may be just a page or two away (or on the same page). I've wanted this for viewing endnotes quickly without going back and forth.
    For what it's worth, there is a "GoBack" command (shift-f5) that can take you back to where you were before clicking on the link. This is still inconvenient (and doesn't always work the way I want) as compared to a preview as suggested here.

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