Here’s how to count words in Microsoft Word.
Follow the steps in this video to get the word count in a MS Word document.
Applies To: Word 2016 Word 2013 Word 2010 Word 2007
MS Word counts the number of words in your document as you type. The count is displayed at the end of the page in the status bar.
By default, this includes the pages, paragraphs, lines, and characters. However, you can turn this off if you ONLY want to count the actual words in the text.
Video: How To Count the Total Number of Words in a MS Word 2013/2016 Document
Follow the steps in this video tutorial to get the word count in a MS Word 2013/2016 document.
Step By Step Instructions To Word Count in Word
To see the number of characters, lines, paragraphs, and other information:
- Click the word count in the status bar to open the Word Count.
- To include non-body text in the word count, select the Include textboxes, footnotes and endnotes check box.
- To exclude non-body text in the word count, de-select the Include textboxes, footnotes and endnotes check box.
How To Count Words in Selected Text
To count the number of words in only part of your document:
- Select the text you want to count.
- Click the Review
- Click Word Count.