Google Docs is a free online service provided by Google for users to create, edit and store their documents. It works similar to the offline word processors such as Microsoft Word and Pages. One of the most common questions asked by users is, “Where can I find the word count and character count in Google Docs?”
Here are the steps to find the word counter on your device, whether you’re using a Mac or PC, or desktop, tablet or mobile.
If you’re using Mac, PC or Desktop:
To open the word count using keyboard shortcuts, these are the commands:
Mac: Command + Shift + C
PC: Ctrl + Shift + C
If you’re using an Android or iOS tablet or mobile:
If you have already noticed, the page count is not available on tablet and mobile devices. If you want to know the page count, you have to shift to print layout and manually count the pages.
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 or characters for, and follow the same instructions as above!
The word count table will give you the following information:
With the increasing popularity of social media, there is an increasing search for character count. To perform well on these platforms, users are encouraged to streamline their posts to a certain character limit. A rough guide for the most popular social platforms are:
Facebook: 80 characters
Twitter: 280 characters
Instagram: 150 characters
We hope that our tips have served you well. Or you can use the free online word counter tool to check the word count in your document.