Use fields to insert word count in your document

Use fields to insert word count in your document

Word can insert the word count into your document and update that information as often as you want.

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

  2. Click Insert > Quick Parts > Field.

    Insert Field option on the Quick Parts menu.

  3. In the Field names list, click NumWords, and then click OK.

    Field dialog box

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

Update Field command

If you’d like the information to update automatically when you print, click File > Options > Display and then under Printing options select Update fields before printing.

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

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Quick Parts.

    text group

  3. Click Field.

  4. In the Field names list, click NumWords, and then click OK.

See also

Show word count

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