If you’re writing an article or a thesis where you need to keep track of the number of words written, you basically have two options to count the number of words, either count the number of lines and multiply that by the average number of words / line or use something other than Microsoft Word for the purpose.
That changed with the release of Word 2007. Microsoft Word 2007 can now count words, lines, paragraphs and even characters in your document. This tip will tell you how to enable this feature.
To know the current word count of a document, open the document and right click on the status bar at the bottom of the Word 2007 window. The context menu which comes up will have an entry named “Word Count” which will tell you the current word count.
Click on “Word Count” and you can then have the count displayed in the status bar at all times.
If you want to find the word count of a particular paragraph or a line, Just select that portion of text and you will be able to see the word count in the status bar.
If you’re interested in more statistics about your document, like the number of paragraphs, lines or the number of characters in your document, Go to Reviews –> Word count from the menu bar. That should give you all the statistics that you’d ever need.