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Word Count is Zero

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 27, 2014)

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If you use the Word Count feature of Word, you may be shocked some time to find out that the Word Count dialog box shows you have 0 words in your document—even when you can see them on the screen!

If this happens to you, it simply means that you have selected an object in your document (such as a picture or drawing object) before issuing the Word Count command. To get a correct word count, simply place the insertion point somewhere within the text of your document and reissue the command. The Word Count feature should display the expected number of words in your document.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (881) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Word Count is Zero.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is seven more than 2?

2015-03-16 04:05:48

Harry Nguyen

I suggest a word count add-on that might help your writing if you use Chrome
<a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/word-count-tool/ibjgdahgcdkpdlbkadidojhfddflblcm">
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/word-count-tool/ibjgdahgcdkpdlbkadidojhfddflblcm
</a>
if you use Firefox:
<a href="https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/word-count-tool">https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/word-count-tool</a>

if you want a quick & reliable solution, you can go to its web version:
<a href="http://wordcounttools.com">Word Count</a>


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