Displaying Word Count in Microsoft Word

View Word and character counts in a document

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You may need to know how many words are in your Microsoft Word document for a school or work assignment or to meet publishing requirements for a blog post or other document. Microsoft Word counts the words as you type and displays this information in a simple form in the status bar at the bottom of the document window. For expanded statistics on character count, paragraphs, and other information, open the Word Count window.

Instructions in this article apply to Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, Word for Office 365, and Word 2016 for Mac.

Word Count in Word for PCs

Screenshot of word count in the Status Bar in Microsoft Word

The status bar displays how many words are in a document without requiring you to open another window.

If you do not see the word count in the status bar:

  1. Right-click on the status bar at the bottom of the document.
  2. Select Word Count from the Customize Status Bar options to display the word count.

Word Count in Word for Mac

Screenshot of Word Count in Word for Mac

In Word for Mac, you can select the word count in the status bar. This enables you to view the number of words, characters, lines, and more. The status bar will display the word count of the entire document unless you have selected part of the text. In this case, the count for the selected text will be displayed.

Counting Selected Text in Word for PCs

Screenshot of word count for selected text in Word

To view how many words are in a sentence or a paragraph in the Word versions for PCs, select the text. The word count of the selected text displays in the status bar at the bottom of the document.

You can count the words in several text boxes at the same time by pressing and holding Ctrl while you make the text selections.

You can also count the number of words in only part of your document by selecting the text and clicking Review > Word Count.

How to Open the Word Count Window

Screenshot of word count window in Microsoft Word
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When you need more than a word count, additional information is available in the Word Count pop-up window. To open the Word Count Window in all versions of Word, click on the word count in the status bar at the bottom of the document. The Word Count Window contains information on the number of:

  • Pages in the document
  • Words
  • Characters, not counting spaces
  • Characters, with spaces
  • Paragraphs
  • Lines

Place a checkmark in the box next to Include Textboxes, Footnotes, and Endnotes if you want them included in the count.