Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Inserting a Dynamic Word Count in Your Document.

Inserting a Dynamic Word Count in Your Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 11, 2018)

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Word keeps track of summary information for a document. You can see the information maintained by Word simply by displaying the Properties dialog box for your document. One of the pieces of information maintained is the number of words in the document. This information is updated whenever the document is saved or printed. Word allows you to insert this bit of summary information in your document by following these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the number of words to appear.
  2. Make sure the Insert tab of the ribbon is displayed.
  3. Click the Quick Parts tool in the Text group. Word displays a number of choices from which you should choose Field. Word displays the Field dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Field dialog box.

  5. Using the Categories drop-down list, choose Document Information.
  6. Select NumWords from the Field Names list.
  7. Click on OK.

If you prefer to not use the Field dialog box (for whatever reason), you can insert the number of words into your document by following these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl+F9. This inserts a pair of field braces within your document.
  2. Type "NumWords" (without the quote marks).
  3. Press F9 to collapse the field and display the field's results (the number of words in the document).

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7353) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Inserting a Dynamic Word Count in Your Document.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is two more than 9?

2013-03-30 04:42:28

Michael Avidan - MVP

To the best of my knowledge (I just checked it in "Word 2013" - the field does not get updated while saving the doument.

It will, however, update - like any other calculated field - whenever the user selects it and pushes [F9].

(Didn't check what hapens while printing).

Michael Avidan
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel
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