How To Count the
Number of Words in any MS Word Document
If you want to know how many words are in your
document, then use the Microsoft Word
Word Count tool to count them
How To Count Words In
This free tool is built into Microsoft Word, but you
may have it turned off on your menu settings. I had and I didn't know
where it was until I dug around!
To turn it back on:
Now, you're ready to count the number of words in your
Marketing Plans, Technical Documents, User Guides,
Policy Documents or Business Plans.
And if you're a
freelance writer or make a living working online, it’s ideal
as you can see how many words you’ve written and how many more you need
to make your page count!
What Does the Word
Count Actually Count?
It can tell you how many:
…are in your document.
It can also count the
number of characters, either
including or not including spaces.
How to Use the Word
As you add text to your document, you don't have to
click Word Count on the Tools menu each time you want a recount.
Instead, turn on the Word Count toolbar, and click
Recount to update the word count.
How To Count Footnotes
You can also include footnotes and endnotes in the
If you want to count part of a document rather than
the entire document, Word can count the footnotes or endnotes that refer
to the selected text.
You can also select multiple sections of text to
count. Sections do not have to be next to each other.
How many words do you think are in this article?
What tools do you use to count the number of words
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