Word Count view in Microsoft Word 2013

  1. Count words in real time
  2. Word count in the status bar
  3. Word count for selected text
  4. Word Count Window
  5. Try it!

Count words in real time

Microsoft Word 2013 displays the word count for a document in the status bar at the bottom of the screen. Whether you have word count goals for your documents, need 1000 word paper to practice, or are just curious, you can easily check the word count of a document or part of it without opening a new window. Microsoft Word 2013 counts words as you type or delete text and displays this information in a simple form on the status bar. For detailed information, including the number of characters, lines, and paragraphs, open the Word Count window.

Word count in the status bar

A quick glance at the status bar, located at the bottom of the document, shows the word count in the document without opening another window.

If you don’t see the word count in the status bar:

1. Right-click anywhere on the status bar at the bottom of the document.

2. Select Word Count” in the status bar settings to display the word count in the status bar.

Word count for selected text

Select the text to see the word count in a particular sentence, paragraph, or section. The word count of the selected text is displayed in the lower-left corner of the status bar, along with the word count for the entire document. You can find the word count to select multiple sections at once by holding down the CTRL key while making your selection.

Word Count Window

If you need more than just a word count, take a look at the information in the Word Count pop-up. This window shows the number of words, the number of characters with spaces, the number of characters without spaces, the number of lines and the number of paragraphs.

To open the word count window in Word 2013, click the word count on the status bar to open the word count window.

If you don’t want to include footnotes and footnotes in the word count, leave the check box next to “Include text boxes, footnotes, and footnotes” unchecked.

Try it!

Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to view the word count in your document, give it a try! The next time you’re working in Microsoft Word 2013, check the Word status bar to see how many words your document contains.

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