How to check word count on Google Docs- 2 Easy Methods

Google docs have become an integral part of content writing, be it writing articles for newspapers, digital media platforms, quarterly reports, or developing content for your own blog, and check the word count on Google docs so that the content is within an acceptable word count depending on the audience. The objective may be either to keep the read time within optimum levels or when trying to write long-form content with a target word limit for SEO purposes.

How to check word count on Google Docs on Desktop/laptop

Step 1: From your Google Docs home page or the document that you are currently editing. Click on the Tools option from the Main Menu bar as shown in the image below marked as [1]:

word count on google docs using tools option

Step 2: Clicking on the tools option will give another set of options in a sub-menu, as shown in the image above. In the sub-menu, click on the Word Count option. This will show you a dialog box indicating the total word count on the google doc, character count and the page count as illustrated in the image below:

word count dialog box google docs

Step 3: The Google docs Word count dialog box also provides total character count & character count excluding the spaces. You can click on the close icon at the top right corner or click on OK to close the Google doc word count dialog box and continue typing.

How to Show Word Count on Google Docs while Typing

Google Docs has an inbuilt feature to display the word count, page count, and character count towards the lower-left corner as you type. To enable the live display of word count on google doc follow the below steps:

Step 1: From your existing google doc document, click on the tools option from the main menu bar. This will show another sub-menu. Select the word count option in the sub-menu. This will show a word count dialog box just as shown in the image below:

display word count while typing google docs
Display word count on Google docs

Step 2: Select the checkbox that says ‘Display word count while typing‘ as indicated in the image above marked as [1]. Then click on OK to save the changes and close the Google docs word count dialog box.

Step 3: Now, you should see a small floating bubble towards your left bottom corner showing the word count that will keep updating as and when you type. As illustrated below:

live word count google docs display

Clicking on the small caret icon next to the live word count box gives additional page count, character count details right within the Google document without checking from the tools option. Just as shown in the image below:

page count character count google docs

Keyboard Shortcut to Check Word Count on Google Docs

Create a new document or open your existing document in Google docs. From the home page, Press CTRL+Shift+C. This will open the word count dialog box on Google Doc as shown in the image below:

word count dialog box google docs
Google Docs Word Count Keyboard Shortcut

How to check Word Count on Google docs Mobile App

Checking the word count on Google docs feature is available in both Android and iOS Google docs app. Follow the below steps to check the word count.

Step 1: Create a new document or open your existing document using the Google docs mobile app, you should see a screen similar to the one shown in the screenshot below:

open document in Google docs mobile app

Step 2: You should now see a sub-menu showup, giving additional options. From the list of options click on the Word Count option to get the total word count in the current document. Just as illustrated in the image below:

select word count option in google docs

Step 3: You should now see a word count dialog box show up, indicating the total word count, the total character count, and character count excluding the spaces similar to the desktop version as shown in the screenshot below:

word count dialog box google doc mobile app

Just tap anywhere on the screen to come out of the word count dialog box, or click on the left arrow towards the top left corner of the word count dialog box.

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