Sometimes when you are writing a document in Microsoft Word you will need to hit a certain word count. Whether this is for an assignment at school or for a document that you are submitting to a publisher, word counts are pretty common.
But manually counting the words in a document is slow, tedious, and very frustrating. Luckily Microsoft Word has a tool that can do this count for your quickly and accurately. Our guide below will show you where to find it.
How to Get a Document Word Count in Microsoft Word
The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word for Office 365, but will work in versions of Word from 2007 and up.
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Step 1: Open the document in Microsoft Word.
Step 2: Select the Review tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Word Count button in the Proofing section of the ribbon.
Step 4: Locate the word count to the right of Words on the window that appears at the center of the screen.
Note that the word count can also be found in the horizontal gray bar at the bottom of the Word window.
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