Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Including Footnotes and Endnotes in Word Counts.

Including Footnotes and Endnotes in Word Counts

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 5, 2013)

4

Word includes a feature that allows you to quickly determine a number of statistics about your document. For instance, you can determine the number of words, sentences, and paragraphs in your document. By default, Word doesn't include anything in footnotes or endnotes in these statistics. But you can specify that text in those areas be included by following these steps:

  1. Choose Word Count from the Tools menu. Word displays the Word Count dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Word Count dialog box.

  3. Make sure the Include Footnotes and Endnotes check box is selected.
  4. Review the document statistics, as desired.
  5. Click on Close.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (911) 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: Including Footnotes and Endnotes in Word Counts.

Author Bio

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Two Keys with the Press of One

Sometimes it could be helpful to have Word substitute two characters for the one that you type, for instance to replace a ...

Discover More

Turning On Picture Placeholders

Displaying graphics in a document requires a great deal more computer processing than displaying simple text. A document ...

Discover More

Checking for a Value in a Cell

Need to figure out if a cell contains a number so that your formula makes sense? (Perhaps it would return an error if the ...

Discover More

Learning Made Easy! Quickly teach yourself how to format, publish, and share your content using Word 2013. With Step by Step, you set the pace, building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Check out Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step today!

More WordTips (menu)

Comments in Endnotes

Able to add comments everywhere, except in endnotes? This seems to be a limitation in Word, but here are some ways to ...

Discover More

Moving Footnote Text into the Document

Need to move the contents of a footnote up into the main body of your document? You can use normal editing techniques to ...

Discover More

Understanding Footnotes and Endnotes

Footnotes and endnotes are often used in scholarly and formal writing as a way to provide additional information about a ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 + 1?

2017-01-05 06:40:42

Chet

Hello

Is it possible to count text length in footnotes separately? (by script or macro)
{It needs to make prediction how many layout pages will take the text of MSWord (2013) document in Adobe InDesign application.}

Thanks in advance


2014-08-29 06:28:35

Joanne CORBEIL

Hello ... and thank you for your valuable tips!

In Word 2010, why is the Word count visible in the statistics different from the word count I can display for the same document in the directory. In one instance I have 1722 words in the doc. statistics vs 2160 words in the document's line in the directory.

How can I obtain the real count? I need it to estimate translation costs.

Thank you for your time!
Joanne


2014-07-15 10:28:23

Fred Howley

Word 2013 includes the option of counting words in text boxes as well as those in headers and footers.

The screenprint here is for older versions and does not include text boxes.


2014-07-08 19:26:31

Michael

This doesn't solve the bigger problem, however, which is that Word, for some inexplicable reason, does not show the word count including footnotes on the toolbar. Why would Word even think of not including the footnotes/endnotes? The only people really concerned with word count are people looking to publish, and publishers include footnotes in their word count (and so do dissertation committees!). What's up, Word?


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.