Count the Words in Your Publisher Publication

Whether you're writing a Web page for your company's intranet or trying to fill a certain number of columns in a newsletter, it's useful to know how many words you've written.

If you have Microsoft Word 6.0 or later installed, you can count words in your Publisher publication. Word counts the words in a text frame or in a series of connected text frames, not in an entire publication.

To count the words in your Publisher publication

  1. Click the text frame that contains the words you want to count.
    If the text frame is connected to other text frames, all the words in the connected text frames are counted.
  2. On the Edit menu, click Edit Story in Microsoft Word.
  3. On the Tools menu in Word, click Word Count.
  4. Click Close.
  5. To return to your publication, click Exit on the File menu in Word.

Word may not count pages, paragraphs, and lines accurately because of the way it reads data from Publisher publications.

While you're in Word, you can take advantage of the online thesaurus. Highlight a word, then on the Tools menu, point to Language, and then click Thesaurus. For additional help using the thesaurus, click Microsoft Word Help on the Help menu, and then type thesaurus in the Office Assistant or on the Answer Wizard tab.

For More Information

For help using Word to count words in your publication, click Microsoft Publisher Help on the Help menu, and then type Use Microsoft Word to edit Publisher text in the Office Assistant or on the Answer Wizard tab.