Word can insert the word count into your document and update that information as often as you want.

  1. Select in your document where you want the word count to appear.

  2. Go to Insert > Quick Parts > Field.

    Insert Field option on the Quick Parts menu.

  3. In the Field names list, select NumWords, and then select OK.

    Field dialog box

To update the information, right-click where you added the field and then choose Update Field.

Update Field command

If you’d like the information to update automatically when you print, select File > Options > Display and then under Printing options select Update fields before printing.

  1. Select in your document where you want the word count to appear.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, select Quick Parts.

    text group

  3. Select Field.

  4. In the Field names list, select NumWords, and then select OK.

See also

Show word count

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