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.
Click in your document where you want the word count to appear.
Click Insert > Field.
Under Categories, click Document Information, and then under Field names, click NumWords. Click OK to add the word count field to your document.
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.
Set the word count to update automatically when you print
On the Word menu, click Preferences.
Under Output and Sharing, click Print.
Under Print Options, select Update fields.