How to Count Words in a MS. Word Document


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You can count the number of words for an entire document or for a selection of text in the document. You can also count the number of paragraphs, lines, and characters.
  • To count words in selected text only, select the text you want.
  • If you don’t select any text, Microsoft Word counts the words in the whole document.
  • On the Tools menu, click Word Count.
  • Word displays counts for words, paragraphs, lines, and characters.
  • To add or remove footnotes and endnotes from the count, select or clear the Include footnotes and endnotes check box