There are times you need to count the words within your document, whether legal briefs, school assignments or reports. Word’s built-in Word Count feature is a great way to keep track of the number of words. The feature allows you to determine whether you wish to include textboxes, footnotes and endnotes in the totals as well. And, in addition to counting the words, it can also count the number of pages, paragraphs, lines and characters. Below are the step by step instructions to show and use the Word 2016 word count.
By default, the Word 2016 word count is listed on the Status bar.
If you do not see the count listed on the Status bar, you can add it by –
- Right-click on the Status bar.
- Click Word Count to turn on the feature. NOTE: The check marks denote items that will be listed on the status bar. Click the option to toggle it on and off.
To access the word count details –
- Navigate to the Status bar and click words.
- The Word Count dialog box will open, listing the various count statistics for your document.
- Click the Include textboxes, footnotes and endnotes box to include these items in your word count.
To count words within certain areas of your document –
- Select the text you want to count.
- Navigate to the Review tab and click Word Count within the Proofing group.
- The Word Count dialog box will open, giving you the count for your selected text.
- Click the Include textboxes, footnotes and endnotes box to include these items in your word count. Or, uncheck this option to remove the items from your count.
Click the link to check out my YouTube video on Word 2016 Word Count — https://youtu.be/WKebuNFzL2o