How to Get the Word Count in Google Docs [in less than 5 seconds]

Google Docs is an amazing word processor tool that allows you to write from anywhere or from any device. I write all my blog posts in Google docs and then move it to WordPress later.

Using Google Docs means that I can write using my mobile phone when I am traveling, in a coffee shop, or at home.

One of the metrics I often need is the word count in Google Docs.

In this tutorial, I will show you:

  • How to quickly get the Word Count in Google Docs.
  • How to have the Word Count always visible in Google Docs.

Getting the Word Count in Google Docs

Here are the steps to get the word count in Google docs:

  1. Open the Google Docs document in which you want to get the word count.
  2. Go to the Tools tab.
  3. Click on ‘Word Count’ option from the drop-down menu.

As soon as you click on the Word Count, it will display a dialog box (as shown below), which will tell you the number of:

  • Pages
  • Words
  • Characters
  • Characters excluding spaces

Note that these stats are for the entire document (excluding headers, footers, and footnotes).

If you want to get the word count for a specific page or paragraph in Google docs, follow the below steps:

  1. Select the paragraphs for which you want the word count in Google Docs.
  2. Go to the Tools tab.
  3. Click on ‘Word Count’ option from the drop-down menu.

As soon as you click on the Word Count, it will display a dialog box (as shown below):

This dialog box above shows the number of pages, word count, and character count in the selection, as well as the total number of pages, words, and characters.

Time Saver Tip: You can also use the keyboard shortcut – Control + Shift + C (hold the control and shift key and then press C) to get the word count in Google Docs.

Always Keep Word Count Visible in Google Docs

While getting the word count in Google Docs is super easy with a shortcut (Control + Shift + C) or the word count dialog box, it still needs to be done everytime you want the count.

There may be times when you want the word counter to always to be visible and keep on updating as you write in Google Docs.

While there is no inbuilt way to always have the word count visible in Google Docs, you can use this free chrome add-on (Better Word Count tool) to get this functionality.

Note that this add-on would work only when you open Google Docs in Google Chrome.

Here are the steps to use this add-on to have always the word counter visible in Google Docs:

  • Go to this link – Better Word Cloud.
  • Click on the FREE button to add to Chrome.
  • It will open a Google Docs document and ask your permission to run. If you’re not already logged into a Gmail account, you may first be asked to log in.Word Count in Google Docs - Continue
  • Better cloud Add-on will get added to the Add-ons section.Word Count in Google Docs - BWC added
  • To use Better Cloud add-0n, click on the Add-ons –> Better Word Count –> Open Tools.Word Count in Google Docs - open tools
  • This will open a pane on the right that will show you the word count that automatically updates when you make changes in the document.Word Count in Google Docs - BWC result

You can also click on Settings (at the bottom of the pane) to specify what you want to include/exclude from the word count.Word Count in Google Docs - bwc settings

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