Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. 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: Word Counts for a Group of Documents.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 22, 2019)
Lise is working with 50 small documents, many less than a page long. All are in separate files (no master or subdocuments). She'd like to know the total word count in all the files and wonders if there is an easy way to get the count.
One option is to use a third-party add-in that can calculate the word counts for you. Here are three suggestions you may want to check out:
WordCounter: http://www.editorium.com/counter.htm FineCount: http://www.tilti.com/software-for-translators/finecount/ Total Assistant: http://www.surefiresoftware.com/totalassistant/
Of course, if you prefer to "roll your own" rather than to rely on somebody else's solution, you can create a relatively simple macro that will step through each file in a folder and calculate a total word count.
Sub GetWordCount() Dim docname As String Dim NumWords As Long Dim NumFiles As Integer Dim PathName As String PathName = "c:\mypath\" NumWords = 0 docname = Dir(PathName & "*.doc*") While docname <> "" NumFiles = NumFiles + 1 Documents.Open FileName:=PathName & docname, Visible:=False Documents(docname).Activate NumWords = NumWords + ActiveDocument.BuiltInDocumentProperties("Number of words").Value Documents(docname).Close savechanges:=False docname = Dir Wend MsgBox ("There are " & NumWords & " words in " & NumFiles & " documents.") End Sub
To use the macro, make sure you change the PathName variable so that it reflects the path to the folder containing the documents you want to tally. (The path designation must end in a backslash.) When you run the macro, it displays the word count in a message box.
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