Show the word count (and more)

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

Status bar showing total word count

For a partial word count, just select the text you want to count. The status bar shows the totals for that selection and for the entire document.

Status bar showing word count of selected text

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

Find the number of characters, lines, and paragraphs

Word also counts characters, lines, paragraphs, and other information. Click on the word count in the status bar to see this information.

Word Count dialog box

To learn how to insert the number of words, pages, or characters into a document, see Insert the word count in your document.

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