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.

When you type in a document, Office Word 2007 automatically counts the number of pages and words in your document and displays them on the status bar at the bottom of the workspace:

Statistic in Word 2007

You can view the number of pages, paragraphs, and lines in your document, as well as the number of characters, either including or excluding spaces. To do so, on the Review tab, in the Proofing group, choose Word Count:

Proofing in Word 2007

This open the Word Count dialog box:

Word Count in Word 2007

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.