Is There an Easy Way to Get a Word Count in Microsoft Word?

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.

select the review tab

Step 3: Click the Word Count button in the Proofing section of the ribbon.

click the word count button

Step 4: Locate the word count to the right of Words on the window that appears at the center of the screen.

how to get a word count in microsot word

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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