How to Check the Word Count in Microsoft Word

While Microsoft Word 2010 can be used to create personal documents that must live up to only your own set of requirements, many Word documents must adhere to the specific guidelines of an audience. For example, if you are writing a paper for a class or an article for an editor, they might have a word count requirement. If this requirement is more than just a handful of words, the prospect of counting each individual word can seem tedious. Word 2010 has a word count utility that will instantly tell you how many words are in your document.

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Launch Microsoft Word 2010. If you want to find the word count of a document that you have already created, double-click that document to open it in Word 2010.

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Type your document or make changes to the existing document.

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Click the "Review" tab at the top of the window.

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Click the "Word Count" button in the "Proofing" section of the ribbon at the top-left section of the window. This will scan the document and open a "Word Count" pop-up window in the center of the window.

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Locate the value to the right of "Words" in the "Word Count" window. The displayed value is the number of words in your document.