Google Docs by default doesn’t show you the word count while you type. This can be frustrating when you think you have to use a third-party tool to count how many words you have written. Here’s how to see word count on Google Docs.
Showing word count is really important especially when your document relies on how many words to finish, and it also gives you a sense of how much effort you have been putting into your work. You can also restore changes easily.
It’s not just word count. You can also show page and character count. All in real-time when you type on Google Docs.
How to show word count on Google Docs
Google Docs provides a way to show word count easily. You just have to enable it. Open the Google Docs document you want to work on. Click Tools.
Here, select Word count. You can also open it by pressing Ctrl+Shift+C at the same time.
You’ll immediately see this, and also see the word count immediately. Check the Display word count while typing to keep showing the word count while you type. Select OK.
Now, you’ll see the word count at the left-bottom corner of your screen. When you click on it, you’ll see the page, word, character, and character count (excluding spaces).
Sometimes you want to see how many words you have put into your document. Google Docs doesn’t really show it unless you enable the option to show word count on your own. You can disable this by unchecking the Display word count while typing option.