Insert the word count in your document in Word 2016 for Mac

To see the word count in your document, look at the status bar at the bottom of the Word window. You can also insert the word count into your document where you can update the information as often as you want.

  1. Click in your document where you want the word count to appear.

  2. Click Insert > Field.

    The Field option is highlighted on the Insert tab.

  3. Under Categories, click Document Information, and then under Field names, click NumWords. Click OK to add the word count field to your document.

    Field dialog box with Document Information and NumWords selected.

    Note: You can also add the number of pages or characters by clicking NumPages or NumChars in the Field names list.

Update the word count in your document

To update the information, Control-click where you added the field, and then click Update Field.

The Update Field option is highlighted on the menu.

Set the word count to update automatically when you print

  1. On the Word menu, click Preferences.

  2. Under Output and Sharing, click Print.

  3. Under Print Options, select Update fields.

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