Word count appears inaccurate when you use the VBA "Words" property


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Symptoms


When you use the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Words property to return a word count in a Microsoft Word document, the number of words returned appears to be inaccurate.

Cause


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The Words property returns a collection that represents all the words in a range, selection, or document. The collection includes all punctuation and paragraph marks in the selection or the document.

For example, if you attempt to determine the word count in the following three lines of text

This is x number of words.
This is x number of words.
This is x number of words.
by using the Words property as follows
Sub GetWords()

MsgBox ActiveDocument.Words.Count

End Sub
the result is 24 words.

Workaround


To return only the number of words in a document or a range, excluding paragraph marks and punctuation, use the ComputeStatistics method instead of the Words property.

The ComputeStatistics method returns a word count that does not include paragraph marks or punctuation. By using the sample text from the "Cause" section, the following ComputeStatistics method code returns a count of 18 words:

Sub GetWords()

MsgBox ActiveDocument.Range.ComputeStatistics(wdStatisticWords)

End Sub
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241333 Word count macro available to count words in a selection

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