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Including Footnotes and Endnotes in Word Counts

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated July 30, 2022)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021


Word includes a feature that allows you to quickly determine a number of statistics about your document. For instance, you can determine the number of words, sentences, and paragraphs in your document. By default, Word doesn't include anything in footnotes or endnotes in these statistics. But you can specify that text in those areas be included by following these steps:

  1. Display the Review tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the Word Count tool (in the Proofing group). Word displays the Word Count dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Word Count dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Include Textboxes, Footnotes and Endnotes check box is selected.
  5. Review the document statistics, as desired.
  6. Click on Close.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8300) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Including Footnotes and Endnotes in Word Counts.

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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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