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How to check your word count in Google Docs

It's not a size contest, but length does matter.
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February 15, 2022

Whenever you’re writing up a Google Doc that other people will read, you should be conscious of how long it will be. If your work is too long, it may lose its effect when people don’t want to read on. If it’s too short, the reader may not take it seriously. To hit that perfect sweet spot, you have to know how long it ideally needs to be. To keep that in check, you will want to know how to check your word count on Google Docs.

Read more: How to check your version of Google Chrome

QUICK ANSWER 

To check your word count on Google Docs, click Tools → Word count. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + C or ⌘ Command + Shift + C.

To check your word count on the Google Docs app, open a doc and press the button in the top right corner. Press Word count.


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How to check your word count in Google Docs

In Google Docs, your word count is automatically hidden when you enter a document. However, that doesn’t mean your word count isn’t being tracked. Click Tools from the topmost toolbar.

click tools to access the word count function
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Within Tools, click Word count. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + C or ⌘ Command + Shift + C.

within tools make sure to click word count
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Google Docs will now show your current word count next to Words.

see your word count in the popout box
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How to see your word count in Google Docs as you type

As mentioned before, Google Docs automatically hides your word count while typing. However, you do have the option of pulling it up and seeing your word count as you type.

Follow all of the above steps to get to the word count screen. Now, on the word count screen, check the box next to Display word count while typing–>OK.

click display word count while typing
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Now you will see your word count in the bottom left corner of Google Docs. It will continuously update as you add or subtract words from your document.

word count displayed in the bottom left corner
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How to check your word count in the Google Docs app

On the Google Docs mobile app for Android and iOS, you can also find out how many words currently occupy your document. Press the button in the top right corner.

press the three dots in the top right corner of google docs
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Select the Word count button from the list.

select the word count button on the google docs app
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Your current word count will be displayed on the following screen, alongside your document’s character count and character count without spaces.

wort count on mobile
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FAQs

Is there a shortcut for viewing word count on Google Docs?

Yes. You can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + C or ⌘ Command + Shift + C to access your current word count.

Where is the word count tool in Google Docs?

The word count tool is located within Tools.