Whether it’s an essay for school, an article for a blog, or a description for a product, the word count of your document can be essential. You can check the word count in Google Docs easily and in a few different ways, including a keyboard shortcut.
See the word count for a document
Open the document and, if applicable, highlight the text you want to count. Click Tools > Word Count and find the number labeled “Words.” Click “OK” when you are ready to close the dialog box.
If it’s the whole document for which you want the word count, you don’t need to select anything on the page. Just go to the Tools menu and select ‘Word Counting’.
You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+C on Windows, Chromebook and Linux or Command+Shift+C on Mac.
You will then see the total word count along with other counts such as pages and paragraphs. Note that things like headers, footers, or footnotes are not included in this count.
Click “OK” to close the word count window. If you want the word count to always be visible, check “Show word count as you type” before clicking “OK”.
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Find the word count for certain text
You may need to check the word count for only part of a document. Maybe it’s the introductory paragraph for an article or text for a block quote.
Select the text you want to check by dragging your cursor through it. This will highlight it so you can make sure you only have the text you need. Then use one of the actions above, go to Tools > Word Count or use the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+C on Windows, Chromebook and Linux or Command+Shift+C on Mac.
You will then see the word count for the selected text in relation to the entire document.
Click “OK” to close the window when you are done.
It’s easy enough to get the word count in Google Docs for the whole document or just for certain text. If you find yourself doing this often, check out how to always show word count in Google Docs.