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Showing the Number of Words in a Microsoft Word 2013 Document

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Microsoft has made it easy to view how many words are in your Word 2013.You may need to view how many words are in your document for a school or work assignment, a blog post, or shear curiosity. The steps below show you how to count the number of words in your document, as well as counting words in a section of text.

Word Count in the Status Bar

Word Count
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The word count should be defaulted to display in the status bar. It displays how many words are in a document without making you open another window.

Unlike previous versions of Word, like 2010 and 2007, the word count is automatically displayed in the Status bar.

Simply look in your status bar to view the number of words in your Word 2013 document.

View Word Counts for Selected Text

View Word Counts for Selected Text
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To view how many words are in a sentence or a paragraph, simply select the text. The word count of the selected text is displayed in the status bar. Make sure and read Top 5 Timesavers in Word for some tips on selecting text.

The Word Count Window

Word Count Window
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If you are looking for more than just a simple word count, try viewing the information from the Word Count pop-up window. This window displays the number of words, the number of characters with spaces, the number of characters without spaces, the number of lines, and the number of paragraphs.

To open the Word Count Window in Word 2013 :

  1. Click the Word Count in the Status Bar. The Word Count window is displayed.
  2. Click the Close button.

Give it a Try!

Now that you have seen how easy it is view the numbers of words in your document, give it try! Next time you are working in Microsoft Word 2013, glance at your status bar and see how many words are in your documents.

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