Count the number of words in a document

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You can count the number of words for an entire document or for a selection of text in the document. You can also count the number of paragraphs, lines, and characters.

  1. To count words in selected text only, select the text you want.

If you don't select any text, Microsoft Word counts the words in the whole document.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Word Count.

Word displays counts for words, paragraphs, lines, and characters.

  1. To add or remove footnotes and endnotes from the count, select or clear the Include footnotes and endnotes check box.


You can quickly recount the number of words, paragraphs, lines, and characters by using the Word Count toolbar. In the Word Count dialog box, click Show Toolbar, and then close the dialog box.

 Note   Footnotes and endnotes are included in the count depending on whether the Include footnotes and endnotes check box is selected in the Word Count dialog box.

Applies to:
Word 2003