Getting a Word Count

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 17, 2013)

Need to know how many words you have in your opus? One of the tools that Docs makes available is a word counter that can show you just the information you need.

Using the word counter tool is easy. If you want to only get a word count for a portion of your document, select that portion. (If you only want the count for the entire document, it doesn't matter if you make a selection first or not.) Then choose Tools | Word Count. Docs displays the Word Count dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Word Count dialog box.

Note that the Word Count dialog box shows its counts in two columns. The left column contains the counts for the selected text and the right column shows counts for the entire document. If you didn't make a selection before invoking the word counter tool, then the left column is still visible—it just contains zeroes.

When you are done perusing the statistics in the dialog box, click the Close button to dismiss it.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Cannot View Graphics in a Document

Got a problem where you can't view any of the graphics you insert in your document? The solution could be simple, or you ...

Discover More

Problems with Default Workbook and Worksheet Templates

You can create a default template for both your workbooks and worksheets. These should be placed in the xlstart folder, but ...

Discover More

Duplexing Documents, by Default

If you have a printer that will print on both sides of a piece of paper, you may want to use that ability within Word. ...

Discover More
More DriveTips

Researching Using Google's Resources

Got a need to search the web for more information on something you are writing about? It should be no surprise that Docs, ...

Discover More

Removing Formatting

Need to quickly remove formatting from a selection of text in your document? The Clear Formatting tool makes the task quick ...

Discover More

Extending Docs

Longing for a feature in Docs that you can't find in the program? The answer may be to look for and install an add-on. Here's ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is six less than 6?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)