As this is an editor question.. this has high risk of becoming a flame war. Please, if you're compelled say "real programmers use Vim" or Emacs or whatever, turn away now.
60% of the time I "write" .. and use MS Word 2010 because I like it. It is the bomb for writing.
35% of the time I "edit" .. usually HTML,XML,CSS.
5% of the time I "edit" with REGEX, and I do it so rarely that I have to learn from scratch each time. Further fuel to the confusion when I do jump into REGEX, I have yet to settle on an Editor or REGEX dialect.
Anyway.. this leads to my Q: Can MS Word be "skinned" or otherwise changed to be a good Editor?
- delete some cruft from the toolbar
- set it up so there is no page layout, just continuous file (can that be done?)
- set it to save to the desired txt file encoding
Just seems to me I could be more efficient if I didn't switch from Word, to Editor, to REGEX so often.
(..and yes, I acknowledge MS Word REGEX isn't true REGEX .. but it works for my needs)
Nervous asking this Q, since so many people have passionate feelings about Editors.
UPDATE: I tried this for a while.. and do hearby announce this was a profoundly stupid idea. (I can say that about myself:). MS Word is a word processor, and a very good one. It is nowhere near being a programmer's editor. It's that apple-orange thing.