- There are three ways to check your word count in Microsoft Word.
- You can find your word count in Microsoft Word at the bottom of the window, or by opening the “Review” menu.
- If you add word count to your Quick Access toolbar, you can check it with just a click.
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Microsoft Word has evolved a lot over the years, adding all sorts of new features to keep you productive. But no matter how many bells and whistles Word brings, few features will be as useful as the word count menu.
The word count menu shows you how many words you have in your document, along with the number of pages, characters, lines, and even paragraphs. Whatever you’re writing — an essay, a book, a news article — knowing your word count is vital.
Luckily, Microsoft Word gives three quick ways to check your word count. Here’s how to use each one.
How to check your word count in Microsoft Word
The simplest way to check your word count is by looking down.
By default, you can see your current word count in a small box in the bottom-left corner of every Microsoft Word window. It’s right next to the page count. If you don’t see it here, right-click the bar at the bottom of your screen and make sure that Word Count is checked off.
You can click this count to open the more detailed Word Count menu, which also lists how many characters, paragraphs, and lines your document has.
The other way to access this menu is by clicking Review at the top of the Microsoft Word menu, and then Word Count. It’ll be on the far-left side of the Review tab.
Finally, you can add a word count option to the Quick Access toolbar, a small menu of icons in the top-left corner of your screen. To do this, open the Review tab again and right-click Word Count, then select Add to Quick Access Toolbar.
Once you select this, an icon that looks like a series of lines with “123” underneath will appear in the Quick Access toolbar. Click it to open the Word Count pop-up right away.