How to see the number of characters, words and sentences in Word document

Word 365
Word automatically counts the number of words in a document while you type. Word also counts pages, paragraphs, lines, and characters. To see these numbers, do one of the following:
  • On the Review tab, in the Proofing group, click Word Count:
    Word Count in Word 2016   or   Word Count in Word 2016
  • On the Status bar, click on the words count, for example:
    Example of Word Count in Status bar Word 2016

    Note: If you didn't see the words count of your document in the Status bar, right-click on the Status bar and select which data you want to see on it:

    Status bar customization Word 2016

Word will open a Word Count dialog box that includes all counted entities:

Example of Word Count in Word 2016

See also How to count number of characters, words and sentences for page or selected text in Word document.

See also this tip in French: Comment voir le nombre de caractères, mots et phrases dans le document Word.

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