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WD: Macros to Count the Number of Document Paragraphs and Lines


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 7.0, 7.0a
  • Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, versions 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.1a


The number of paragraphs and lines in a document are counted and displayed in the Document Properties dialog box (Word versions 7.x) or in the Summary Info dialog box of earlier Word versions. To access this information from a macro, see the following examples.


NOTE: Microsoft provides macros "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose.

Word Versions 6.x and 7.x

To return the number of paragraphs in a document, use the following macro:

   Sub MAIN
      FileSummaryInfo .Update
      Dim dlg As FileSummaryInfo
      GetCurValues dlg
      para$ = dlg.NumParas
      MsgBox "There are " + para$ + " paragraphs in the document."
   End Sub 

To return the number of lines in a document:

   Sub MAIN
      FileSummaryInfo .Update
      Dim dlg As FileSummaryInfo
      GetCurValues dlg
      line$ = dlg.NumLines
      MsgBox "There are " + line$ + " lines in the document."
   End Sub 

Word version 2.x for Windows

To create a WordBasic macro that can be used to count the number of paragraphs or lines in a Word version 2.0 document and display the result in a message box, do the following:

From the Tools menu, choose Macro, and type a name, such as CountPara or CountLines, for the macro.

Click the Edit button.

Between Sub MAIN and End Sub, type the appropriate macro commands:

  • To count the paragraphs in a Word document:
  • To count the lines in a Word document:

From the File menu, choose Close, and save changes to the macro.


"Microsoft Word for Windows and OS/2 Technical Reference," pages 103- 107
"Using WordBasic," by WexTech Systems and Microsoft, pages 251 and 267

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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