How to Check Word Count in Powerpoint 2010

Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 give you a lot of freedom to create the slideshow presentation that you feel is most appropriate for your audience. Whether you are creating a document for work, school or fun, you can probably find the means to customize that document based upon your needs. But sometimes your audience has very specific requirements for both your format and content. This is especially true when you are making a slideshow for school, and your teacher gives you a target word count. Microsoft Word 2010 has a word count tool that will solve this problem, but Powerpoint 2010 does not have a similar option. Fortunately you can learn how to check the word count of your Powerpoint 2010 slides and notes using a specific feature in Powerpoint.


Count Words in Slides and Notes in Powerpoint 2010


The word count option that you can use directly from Powerpoint 2010 will count all of the words in your slides, notes and hidden slides. If you need to determine a word count for just your slides, then you will need to create handouts from your slides and export them to Microsoft Word to determine the word count of the slides only. But if you want to determine the word count for your entire presentation (or if you are not using speaker notes or hidden slides) then you can follow the directions below.


Step 1: Open the Powerpoint 2010 slideshow for which you want a word count.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

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Step 3: Click the Show All Properties link at the bottom of the right column.

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Step 4: Locate the Words property in the right-column, under Properties. This is the total count of all of the words that are in your presentation.

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Again, this is counting all of the words in your entire presentation, including the speaker notes and hidden slides. If you want a word count of only the content on the visible slides, you will need to export your slides as handouts to Microsoft Word and use the word count tool in Word. newsletter
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