Show the word count (and more)

Word counts the number of words in a document while you type. Word also counts pages, paragraphs, lines, and characters.

See the word count as you type

Anytime you want to know the total number of words in your document, look at the status bar at the bottom of the Word window.

Shows the word count in the status bar of a document.

Count the number of pages, characters, paragraphs, and lines

To see the number of characters, lines, paragraphs, and other information, click the word count in the status bar to open the Word Count box.

Shows the word count, number of pages in a document.

To include non-body text in the word count, select the Include textboxes, footnotes and endnotes check box at the bottom of the Word Count box.

Count the number of words in a part of a document

To count the number of words in only part of your document, select the text you want to count, and then on the Review tab, click Word Count.

See the word count as you type

Anytime you want to know the total number of words in your document, look at the status bar at the bottom of the Word window.

Word count button

If you don't see the word count in the status bar, right-click the status bar, then and click Word Count.

Count the number of pages, characters, paragraphs, and lines

The Word Count dialog box displays the number of pages, paragraphs, and lines in your document, and also the number of characters, either including or excluding spaces.

  • On the Review tab, in the Proofing group, click Word Count.

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To include non-body text in the word count, select the Include textboxes, footnotes and endnotes check box at the bottom of the Word Count box.

Count the number of words in part of a document

You can count the number of words in a selection or selections, rather than all of the words in a document. The selections don't need to be next to each other for you to count them.

  • Select the text that you want to count.

    The status bar displays the number of words in the selection. For example, 100/1440 means that the selection accounts for 100 words of the total number of words in the document, 1,440.

    Tip: To select blocks of text that aren't next to each other, select the first section, and then hold down CTRL and select additional sections.

Count the words in a text box

  • Select the text in the text box.

    The status bar displays the number of words in the text box. For example, 100/1440 means that the text box contains 100 words of the total number of words in the document, 1,440.

Note: To count the words in multiple text boxes, press and hold CTRL while you select the text in each text box that you want to count. The word count automatically adds the total number of selected words in the text boxes.

See also

Insert the word count in your document

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