How to Get a Word Count for a Document in Google Docs

Last updated: January 29, 2019

Certain situations with documents will require you to reach a minimum word count. But when those word counts start getting higher, manually counting all of the words in a document can be both needlessly time-consuming and prone to error. Fortunately many word processing applications have tools that will give you a word count, including Google Docs.

Our guide below will show you where to find the word count tool in Google Docs to find this information. You will also be able to get a page count and a character count, if that information is also necessary for your task.

Google Docs Word Count – Quick Summary

  1. Click the Tools tab.
  2. Choose the Word Count option.
  3. Locate the word count to the right of Words.

For additional information, including a picture tutorial and the keyboard shortcut to view the word count more quickly, continue below.

How to Count the Number of Words in a Google Doc Document

The steps in this guide will help you quickly count the number of words in your entire document.

Step 1: Open your Google Drive by going to https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive and double-clicking the document for which you need a word count.

Step 2: Click the Tools tab at the top of the window.

click the tools menu tab

Step 3: Click the Word Count option.

how to count number of words in google docs

You should now see a window like the one before that provides you with several counting-related pieces of information about your document. This window shows the number of pages, the number of words, the number of characters, and the number of characters without spaces.

how to get a word count in google docs

Note that you can also get Google Docs to provide you with a word count by pressing Ctrl + Shift + C on your keyboard.

Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, there is no option in Google Docs to get a live word count while you are editing your document. You will need to use the method above whenever you wish to see the number of words in your document. If you have Microsoft Word, however, this article will show you where to locate the live word count.

Does your school or place of employment require your documents to have page numbers? Learn how to add page numbers in Google Docs to make it easier to find your place if your document is out of order.

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