After working on your assignment on Microsoft Word, it’s time to check your word count. So, where is the word count, that you can always count on (pun intended)?
Microsoft Word is an offline word processor developed by Microsoft, and it is one of the most popular word processors in the world. Microsoft Word may have released many different versions, but one thing that definitely did not change, is their word count feature.
For a fast check, you can find the word count on the status bar at the bottom left corner of your window. On the bottom left corner, you’ll first find the page counter, followed by the word counter on its right.
If you don’t see it, simply right-click anywhere on the status bar, and select Word Count among the feature list. The word count should appear in your status bar.
For a more detailed information on your word count, character count, paragraphs and lines, here are the steps to find the word counter in the menu bar, whether you’re using a Mac, PC or desktop:
Note that you have the option to choose whether to include the footnotes and endnotes in your word count, simply check the box next to it to include them, or uncheck the box to exclude them.
Another way to find the detailed word count, is through the ribbon tabs you see on the top of your document.
You can also find the number of words and characters for selected portion of your document.
Simply highlight the portion of the text you would like to find the number of words, and refer to the word count in the status bar. The word count will show the number of words in the selected text with respect to the number of words in the whole document. For example, 184/700 means there are 184 words in your selected text, out of the 700 words of your entire document.
For times when you need to insert the final word count in your document as a requirement, here’s how you can do it:
Note that the word count does not update automatically if you continue to work on your document. To update the word count, simply right-click on the word count and click ‘Update field’ from the drop-down menu.