If you are writing for a publication, or as part of a project for your school or job, then you might be subject to a minimum or maximum word count. Microsoft Word 2010 has a tool that will keep track of your word count, and it is typically shown in the horizontal status bar at the bottom of the program window.
But the word count, like the other options in the status bar, can be hidden by the user. So if you need to get a word count for your document, but are unable to find it, then you can follow the steps below to re-enable the word count in Word 2010.
How to Show the Word Count in Word 2010
The steps in this article will show you how to add the word count to the status bar at the bottom of the Word 2010 window. That count is typically shown in that location by default, but it is possible to hide it at any point, sometimes even by accident. We will assume that you cannot currently see the word count.
- Open Microsoft Word 2010.
- Locate the status bar at the bottom of the window. The specific contents of the status bar might vary, but it is the horizontal bar at the bottom of the window.
- Right-click in an open spot on the status bar, then click the Word Count option.
The word count will remain visible in Word 2010 for each document that you open, unless you open up the status bar shortcut menu again and turn off the Word Count option.
Do you like to use Overtype mode in Word 2010, but find that it isn’t working? You can enable or disable overtype mode from the Word Options menu.
If you are looking for a character count for your document, then you will need to take an extra step. Learn how to find the character count in Word 2010 with the help of the word count.