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Showing the Number of Words in a Microsoft Word 2007 Document

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Figure 18: Microsoft Office 2007 rendering of a Microsoft works 4.0 file with a sentence added and different word count
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If you’re working on an academic paper, you may need to know if your Word document meets certain length requirements. There are ways to estimate your document’s word count based on the number of lines it contains. However, Microsoft Word makes it easy to get an accurate count of the words in your document.

To turn on Word count in Microsoft Word 2007, follow these steps:

1. Right-click the Status bar at the bottom of the window

2. Select Word Count

The word count for the entire document will be displayed in the Status bar. If you want to see the word count for a particular selection, simply highlight the select text.

For more detailed information about your document’s word count, follow these steps:

1. Open the Review ribbon

2. Click Word Count in the Proofing section

A box will display the number of pages, word count, character count, paragraph count, and line count. You can opt not to include textboxes, footnotes, and endnotes.
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