How to count Words and Characters in Google Docs

Are you looking for a way to count characters in Google Docs? or do you want to count words in Google Docs? It’s simple and easy. There is one shortcut key also available to check these details.

In MS Word, the number of words shows in the left-side corner by default. This facility is unavailable in Google Docs. But it can check Words and characters, and word counters on Google Docs can be pinned like MS Word. You can easily count words and characters by following a few steps.

How to count characters in Google Docs?

  1. Open your desired file in Google Docs.
  2. Tap on tools in the menu toolbar.
    Tools in google docs menu bar
  3. Select Word Count.
    Word Count in Google Docs

The total number of words or chare files will appear in the popup. If you want to see the number of words while typing, like in MS Word, you can check the “Display word count while typing” checkbox and tap OK.

Command+Shift+C for Mac and Ctrl+Shift+C are the shortcut keys for Windows users to count words.

#Count selected words

If you want to count the characters of a selected portion, follow the steps below.

  1. Select the portion of a text.
    Selected words count in google docs
  2. Press Command+Shift+C ( windows user press ctrl instead of command)

#Pin word counter on Google Docs

  1. Go to tools in the menu bar.
  2. Tap on Word Count.
  3. Check “Display word count while typing.
    Display word counting while typing
  4. Hit Ok.

Word Counting in Google docs

Live word counting will be activated, and you can easily monitor the number of words in your document.

Count characters in Google Docs on the mobile app.

You need to open your document in the app. Follow the below steps to check the total words in your documents.

  1. Look for three dots in the upper right corner and tap on it.
  2. Select Word Count.

Total number of words and characters you can see in the display box. But you can’t pin the live counting on a mobile phone, whether using an iPhone or Android app.

Narwal
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