Show the word count (and more) in Word for Mac

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.

At the bottom of the document, in the status bar, the total number of words is showing

Count the number of characters, lines, and paragraphs

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.

Word count dialog box

Tips: 

  • If you select no text, Word counts all text in the document.

  • To display the status bar in Word for Mac 2011, on the Word menu, click Preferences, click View, and then under Window, select the check box next to Status bar.

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. Then on the Tools menu, click Word Count.

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