How To Access Word Count In Google Docs

Explore everything you need to know about accessing your total word count in Google docs in this article. 

Many people prefer Google Drive over Microsoft products—for a good reason. People who do not use Windows often struggle to open Microsoft Word documents and have an easier time using Google Workspace options. 

If you’re not familiar with Google Docs or the Google Docs app, it can be a little confusing to find out how to display word count. Thankfully, the process is simple. When you’re working in a Google Doc and want to see the total number of words you’ve typed, click on the Tools tab in the toolbar at the top of your document. Then, from the drop-down menu, select the word count feature. 

After the word count box pop-up appears on your screen, you’ll have the option to have the Google Docs word count displayed as you continue to type your document. The word count tool will show up on the bottom left of your screen. 

If you are new to using Google Docs, we also have an article talking about how to install Grammarly for Google Docs use. 

Finding The Word Count Tool In Google Docs

How to access word count in Google docs

When you type in G Suite, you’re likely creating a document that you intend to share with others. Accessing the word count pop-up box by clicking on the tools option from the toolbar menu is simple, but you may want to consider checking the box to keep the word count displayed as you type. This can make it easier for people who are collaborating on the document with you to keep an eye on the total word count as well (this can be especially 6

If you want an even faster way to access the total word count in a Google doc, you may want to use keyboard shortcuts to save time. For example, if you’re working with a Mac iOS, use Command+Shift+C to make the word count box pop up on your screen. If you’re working with a Microsoft operating system (and working in Google Docs instead of Word in Microsoft Office), your keyboard shortcut is slightly different: use Ctrl+Shift+C.

Important note: this shortcut doesn’t work for total word count in Gmail (instead, this shortcut used in Gmail will jump your cursor to the CC: feature).

Word count in Google Docs
Open the Google Docs app tap the vertical three-dot menu on the upper right corner of the screen

Working on your Android or iPhone isn’t ideal when you’re trying to work on a document, but sometimes, it’s necessary to get the job done in a time crunch. Thankfully, it’s easy to access the total word count of a document through the Google Drive app on your phone. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, the process for accessing the total word count of your document is the same. First, open the Google Docs app tap the vertical three-dot menu on the upper right corner of the screen. Next, tap the word count option to see your document’s total number of words. 

The Final Word On Word Count In Google Docs

Thankfully, it’s pretty simple to see your total word count when you’re working in Google Docs. If you’re on a computer, click on the tools option in the toolbar, then select word count. If you’re on an iPhone or Android, open the Google docs app, click the three right-hand corner dots, and tap word count. 

FAQs On Word Count In Google Docs

How do you access the total numbers of pages, characters, and words in a Google Doc?

The pop-up word count box will provide you with all the numerical information you need: total pages, total characters, total word count, and total characters, excluding spaces. You’ll also get a checkbox option to keep a visible running word count as you’re typing. 

Can you view the total word count of a Google Doc from an Android or iPhone?

Yes. Open the document in the Google Drive app, click on the three dots in the upper right corner, then tap word count.