Show word count

Applies to: Word for Office 365, Word for Office 365 for Mac, Word for the web, Word 2019, Word 2019 for Mac, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, Word 2007, Word 2016 for Mac, Word Starter 2010.

Word calculates the number of words in a document while you type. Word also counts pages, paragraphs, lines, and characters.


When you must know the total words, pages, characters, paragraphs, or lines are in a document, view the status bar.

Partial word count

For a partial word count, highlight the words you want to count. The status bar indicates the word count for that selection and for the whole document.

Word count detail

Tip: Find the number of characters, paragraphs, and lines by selecting the word count in the status bar.

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