How to Turn Wordcount On in Google Docs?

Google Docs is a text editing tool in which many people can collaborate. While working on any textual document, the word count is the key feature to keep track of the number of words, characters, etc. Google Docs offers the facility to keep track of the runtime word count of the current document. The user can either count the words of the entire document or a particular section of Google Docs. In this article, two possible methods are demonstrated to turn on word count in Google Docs. The content of this article is illustrated below:

  • Method 1: Using the “Word count” Option to Turn On Wordcount
  • Method 2: Using the “Ctrl +Shift+S” Shortcut to Turn On Wordcount

Let’s start the guide!

Method 1: Using the “Word count” Option to Turn On Wordcount

This section provides the essential steps to turn on word count in a Google Docs document. Let’s start with these steps:

Step 1: Opening Google Docs Document

An existing document of google Docs is carried out to turn on word count and go to the “Tools” tab:

Step 2: Open Word Count Window

Press the “Tools” tab available in the toolbar of Google Docs. A drop-down menu will pop up containing a list of options:

Select the “Word count” option from the drop-down menu of the “Tools” tab:

Once the highlighted option“Word count”is selected, a new window will pop up. This “Word count” window displays the “Pages”, “Words”,” Characters”, and “Characters excluding spaces”. Moreover, it also contains a checkbox to check the word count while typing the text:

Click on the highlighted checkbox and press the blue button “OK” to close the window:

The word count is turned on, and a small box will pop up in the bottom left corner of the current document. This box shows the number of “Words” in the current Google Docs document:

Note: Click on the selected arrow to show more information about the current document, such as “Pages”, “Words”, “Characters”, and “Characters excluding spaces”:

The above figure shows“200” words”, “1220 characters”, and “1024 characters without spacing” of the entire document.

Method 2: Use the “Ctrl +Shift+C” Shortcut to Turn On Wordcount

This is another way to turn on word count in Google Docs using the shortcut key. The shortcut key will instantly invoke the word count window in the current document.

To turn on the word count, press the below-mentioned shortcut key:


By pressing the Ctrl+Shift+Cshortcut key, a “Word count” window will pop up. Mark the checkbox “Displays word count while typing” to turn on the runtime word count. The whole process can be seen in the following “GIF”:

That’s all about this article.


Google Docs provides a “Word count” option in the “Tools” tab to turn on the word count in Google Docs. The word count window can also be invoked using the shortcut key “CTRL+SHIFT+C”. This article has illustrated all the essential methods to turn the word count on in Google Docs.