Word: Word Count


Word Count

Counting the number of words in your document

Microsoft Word has a function that can count the number of words in your document while you type; it can also count the following:

Pages and Lines
Characters, including or excluding the spaces


Count the words as you type

When you type in a document, Word automatically counts the number of pages and words in your document and displays them on the status bar at the bottom of your Word document.


Sometimes this doesn’t appear, if so right-click on the status bar >> select Word Count


Count the words in a sentence or paragraph

You can count the number of words in selected text rather than all of the words in your document.

Simply select the text with your mouse that you want to count.
The status bar shows you the number of words in the selection.

33/965 means that the selected text accounts for 33 words out of a total number of words in your document, 965.


NB: If you have multiple paragraphs within your document you want to count, hold the CTRL key down on the keyboard and select these paragraphs using your mouse. It will show your word count just for these paragraphs.