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Word: Simulating Word Count in Versions 3.x PSS ID Number: Q24968 Article last modified on 03-04-1993 PSS database name: M_WorD

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Microsoft Word versions 3.x do not have a word count feature. However, you can estimate the approximate number of words in a document with one of the following methods:

Method 1

Divide the character count by 6.4. The character count appears in the bottom-left corner of the active window after saving a document or after initially opening a document.


Use the following procedure, which appeared on page 186 of the January 1988 edition of “MacWorld” (Note: Because this method will alter your document, make sure that you attempt it only on a backup copy):

  1. Position your insertion point at the beginning of the document.
  2. From the Search menu, choose Change to search for white space and replace all occurrences with the newline character. (Type “^w” into the Find What text box to indicate white space and “^n” in the Change To box to indicate the newline character).
  3. Click the Change All button; upon completion of the command, the number of changes (equal to the number of words, plus or minus one) will appear in the lower-left corner of the screen.

For large documents on which such an extensive change cannot be performed, you must use the first method.

Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1993.