Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Viewing Document Statistics.

Viewing Document Statistics

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 13, 2015)

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Word keeps track of an impressive array of statistics about your documents. These statistics include such mundane and obvious items as the file name, directory, template, and title. But you can also find out who last worked on the document, when it was last printed, and the total editing time spent on the document. This last statistic is nothing more than the time the document has been open.

If you want to view the statistics for the current document, follow these steps when using Word 2007:

  1. Click the Office button, then choose Prepare | Properties. Word displays the Document Information Panel at the top of the document.
  2. Use the Document Properties drop-down list (top-left corner of the Document Information Panel) to choose Advanced Properties. Word displays the Properties dialog box.
  3. Click on the Statistics tab. The dialog box then displays the statistics for your document, as already described.
  4. Click on OK when you are done reviewing the statistics.

If you are using Word 2010 or Word 2013 the steps are slightly different:

  1. Click the File tab of the ribbon and then click Info | Properties | Advanced Properties. Word displays the Properties dialog box.
  2. Click on the Statistics tab. The dialog box then displays the statistics for your document, as already described.
  3. Click on OK when you are done reviewing the statistics.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9773) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Viewing Document Statistics.

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 one more than 2?

2015-10-10 15:37:32

RJo

I've noticed that the word count in an open file is virtually always different from the word count of a closed file (i.e., when you click on the file name to see properties, or when you customize your Windows file details to see word counts).

My observation is that the word count of closed file is always higher than that of a closed file.

Why do the word counts differ? Which one should you rely on if you are keeping metrics?


2015-06-14 03:49:30

Damear

Or just click on the number of words in the status bar at the bottom of Word window.


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