Displaying Word Count Statistics

Sometimes you need to see a word count statistics without obtaining readability or AutoSummarize information. For example, you might have been given a limit on how many words a document can be for a particular assignment - magazines and newspapers commonly set this type of limit.

You can easily count the words in your document in Word.

To do so, choose Tools -> Word Count to open the Word Count dialog box:

Word Count in Word 2003

You can also use the following keyboard shortcuts to conduct word counts:

  • Ctrl+Shift+G displays the Word Count dialog box
  • Ctrl+Shift+R conducts a recount to update the word count statistics

The Word Count dialog box includes the Include Footnotes And Endnotes check box so you can choose whether to include those elements in your word count. Further, the Word Count dialog box contains a Show Toolbar button. Click this button to display the Word Count toolbar and then close the Word Count dialog box.

The Word Count toolbar remains on your desktop while you work; you can click Recount at any time to quickly check your word count statistics, and click the arrow to view additional count statistics, including page, word, character (with and without spaces), paragraph, and line counts:

Word Count in Word 2003

Note that if your document has the revisions feature turned on, the Word Count feature will include the revisions in the count totals.