OpenOffice is a free word processing software that allows you to create high-quality documents. OpenOffice also includes "word count"—a feature that allows you to determine the total number of words you are using in any document. For students and writing professionals, this feature can prove to be very beneficial, especially if you have to stay within a certain word count. Find out if you are above or below your document requirements in seconds.
Launch the OpenOffice document you want to work on.
Click the "File" menu on the top and click "Properties." A new dialog box launches. Click the "Statistics" tab. You should see your total word count.
Click the "View" menu on the top and click "Word Count" as an alternative. A new dialog box launches. You should see your total word count next to the "Words" section under "Whole Document."