How to Check Word Count on Google Docs (An Easy 4 Step Guide)

When you are creating a document for school or work, it’s possible that you need to hit a minimum word count. If you are new to Google Docs then you might have considered using something like an external website to do this, or copying and pasting into Microsoft Word, but we will show you how to check word count on Google Docs applications with just the tools already there.

  • Google Docs won’t display word count information on the screen at all times by default like you can in Microsoft Word. However, Google Docs does have an option on its word count informational pop-up window that lets you choose to add a tool at the bottom left corner of the window which shows the number of words while you type.
  • The same method that we use in this article to show the word count can also be used to show a character count and a page count.
  • The keyboard shortcut to show the word count is Ctrl + Shift + C.
Yield: Shows the number of words in Google Docs

How to Check Word Count in Google Docs

how to check word count in Google Docs

Find out how to check the word count in a Google Docs document using a tool in the menu bar of the application.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Google Docs document

Tools

  • Google Account
  • Google Docs application

Instructions

  1. Open your Google Docs document.
  2. Select Tools at the top of the window.
  3. Click the Word count button.
  4. View the word count on the pop-up window.

Notes

You can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + C to display the word count as well.

You can keep the word count visible by checking the Display word count while typing box on the Word count window.

Determining the number of words in a document is a critical tool for journalists, students, and employees that need to meet minimum word counts in their writing.

Fortunately, a word count feature is available in most word processor applications, including Google Docs.

But the Google Docs word count tool is something that you may be struggling to find when you are working in a Web browser on your Mac or PC.

Our guide below will show you how to check the word count in Google Docs by locating and displaying a word count box through the Google Docs menu at the top of the page.

How to Check Word Count in Google Docs (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will work in other desktop browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Find out how to check the word count in Google Docs mobile on an iPhone or Android device if you use the Google Docs app and other Google apps on your smartphone.

Step 1: Open a document in Google Docs.

Step 2: Select the Tools menu at the top of the window.

click Tools at the top of the window

Step 3: Click the Word count button.

select the word count option

Step 4: View the total word count, as well as the number of pages and number of characters.

how to check word count in Google Docs

Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about how to check word count on Google Docs.

More Information on the Google Docs Word Count Tool

Note that there is a Display word count while typing box at the bottom of the word counter window. If you check that box it will display a real-time word count in the lower left corner of the document window. This is really helpful if you have a maximum word count or some other word limit and don’t want to keep using the menu bar at the top of the window.

As mentioned previously you can also use the keyboard shortcut to show the word count if you press Ctrl + Shift + C on your keyboard at any time.

On the word count dialog box in Google Docs you will also see information for:

  • Pages
  • Words
  • Characters
  • Characters excluding spaces

Note that if you are trying to get a word count in Google Slides that there is no similar option in that application. You would need to do something like exporting the Slides presentation as a text file and copying and pasting it into a Google Docs file, uploading it to an online word counter tool, or using Microsoft Word.

Find out how to get a word count in Microsoft Word as well if you also use that word processing application and would like to be able to see similar information there.

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