Microsoft Word can track certain information summaries, such as the amount of words in a document. But did you know it is possible to add the word count inside the document itself? We’re going to show you how. Getting the job done is far from difficult. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to include word count in a Microsoft Word document, and you’ll also be wondering how you’ve never thought of it before now.
How to include Word Count in Word document
First, you will need to place the mouse cursor on the section of the document where you want the word count to appear. After that, click on the “Insert” tab at the top of Microsoft Word, and then search for “Quick Parts” in the “Text” section and click on it.
Now, if the “Quick Parts” option is not showing because your Ribbon Bar is not broad enough, then you must follow this easy tip. Look for the “Text Box” option, and beside it at the top, the first button should be the one you’ll need to click to get “Quick Parts” up and running.
From the drop-down menu, click on “Field” and then “Document Information” from the “Categories” drop-down menu.
Click on “NumWords” from the “Field Names” section on the left.
You should now see options called “Format” and “Numeric Formats”.
These options are used to specify a format for the field being inserted into the document. However, since we will not add a regular field, there is no need to dabble in those options. Just click “OK” and be done with it.
Now, whenever you add or delete words in your Word Document, naturally, the number should change. But bear in mind that it is not automatic, and we’re not certain if there is an option to allow it to change without interference.
This means you will have to make changes manually by right-clicking on the word count and selecting, “Update Field.”
We wish Microsoft had made it easier to add this field into a Word document instead of making so many clicks.