When to Keep Word as Your Bit on the Side
OK, so enough of your potential suitors, when is it a good idea to stick with the old faithful boyfriend that is Word?
Let's remember that Word is really just a word processing tool, even though over the years we've had so much more functionality added to it. So if your task at hand involves mainly text, then perhaps you do have all you need at your fingertips already. Remember you have functions here that you probably don't look at too often, but that are really helpful to be friends with.
For example, if you are creating a newspaper style format with columns, Word has got you covered here. You may not have paid much attention to the "styles" boxes, but these are a really quick way of storing particular font information for producing the same kind of results over and again - great for newsletters. So you can store a title case style, and a subheading style, a headline style, and your regular text style which keeps things more uniform.
We shouldn't also forget that you are familiar with Word, so if you need something in a hurry, you know how to change the margins and check it in print preview mode easily to see what results you'll end up with.
Some of the templates are great! The Microsoft site offers so many options and some of them are terrific designs, whereas others are just well-aligned and formatted (but plain) documents that get the job done. You might even find you've got a fair few already hidden away under File> New> Templates anyway.
If you don't want a great deal of creative control and you are just going to get them printed in-house then Word is your boy. This certificate example on the left was a template and one that you couldn't hope to create using Word on its own, so if you can find something that suits your needs then you've just saved yourself a lot of work.
We have a wealth of templates right here on Bright Hub too, many of which are either in Word format or in an easy-to-use format such as JPEG which can easily be inserted as a picture when using Word -- you miss out a little on having much room to customize but again, if you find something you like, you've saved yourself a lot of time.
Obviously there are occasions when Word is all you need, and a quick template is always there to help you out. If you want more creative freedom and less hair pulling, then seek out one of our recommended and well-priced software options above -- you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.