How to Add the Word Count to a Word Document

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Microsoft Word includes several utilities for reviewing and analyzing a document. Some are well known and commonly used, such as spell check and grammar check, while others can be difficult to locate or difficult to implement. One less commonly used Word utility is the "Word Count" option, which can be used to count the number of words that are in a document, then display that word count on a page within the document. This feature is helpful when an assignment has a word count requirement, as it negates the need for you to manually count the words in your writing.

  • Launch Microsoft Word.

  • Position your cursor at the location in your document at which you would like to display the word count.

  • Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen.

  • Click "Quick Parts" in the "Text" section of the ribbon at the top of the screen.

  • Click "Field."

  • Scroll to "NumWords" in the "Field Names" column and click it.

  • Click "OK" to add the word count to your document.

Tips & Warnings

  • The current word count is also displayed on the bar at the bottom of the window next to "Words." Note, however, that this doesn't print with the document.

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