My term paper has fairly strict formatting guidelines - double-spaced & 12pt font. I am currently on page 7 (when previewed in LaTeX). However, when I copy and paste into MS Word, I've hit the 10-page limit already.

Any hints on how to get these two numbers to agree? I want to use LaTeX for BibTex integration, but I don't want to hand in a 7 page paper with the proviso that "it's 10 pages in Word, I swear" or have a paper that's actually far in excess of the page cap when viewed in Word.

Here's the relevant bits of my LaTeX document:


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    What do you mean by "copy and paste into Word"? Computer Modern is quite large at 12pt. Try \usepackage{mathptmx} to get Times. This should help. Do you have to submit a Word document or can you submit a PDF?
    – Alan Munn
    Nov 15, 2012 at 23:31
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    I see. Is that because you must submit a Word document? TeX does a much better job of spacing words than Word does, which I think accounts for the discrepancy. If you can submit the PDF, I wouldn't worry about it as long as the font size and margins are what was requested.
    – Alan Munn
    Nov 15, 2012 at 23:40
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    I think you're overthinking this. If you give your Prof a ten page paper with appropriate margins and font size he or she won't count the words.
    – Alan Munn
    Nov 16, 2012 at 0:36
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    You may want to try pandoc for converting documents from latex to docx.
    – mythealias
    Nov 16, 2012 at 2:00
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    Why bother? If you are really that concerned about the number of pages rather than actual content, please use something like setspace (ctan.org/pkg/setspace), and control the number of pages to your heart's content.
    – Masroor
    Nov 16, 2012 at 2:52

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For me in your question it is not clear, whether you have to submit a word file or a pdf file to your professor. Must it be in Word or could it be a LaTeX pdf.

Nevertheless, I think the following could be very helpful for you:

On CTAN you can find the package wordlike to prepare a word like looking document with LaTeX.

If it is only important how many words are building your work, you can write your document in LaTeX and add the number of words used in your document. In the Question Is there any way to do a correct word count of a LaTeX document? you can learn how to do it.

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