How to count words in text boxes

Office Word doesn’t count words in text boxes, which is a bit of a pain when, like me, you need to know the total number of words in a document to invoice your client. That’s why I was really happy to hear about colleagues’ ways of dealing with this on the TCR-D list. Pilar Bayle suggested using Total Assistant, which even counts words in PDF files, Kenneth Kronenberg recommended CompleteWordCount and John Stroman shared his method:

If you are using a PC,

[1] "Select all" and copy.[2] Open Accessories > Notepad and paste (your text boxes should appear as plain text in Notepad)[3] "Select all" and copy into empty Word document.[4] Use the Wordcount function.

Very useful!


By |2016-10-18T15:50:34+00:00February 8th, 2006|Translator's tools|2 Comments

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I am Céline Graciet, a freelance English to French translator. Since 2003 I’ve been writing on all sorts of areas linked to translation and the life of a translator.


  1. Xavier Kreiss February 8, 2006 at 8:11 pm

    I thought I’d add my threepence worth, as a Mac user.
    For us lot (members of the oppressed minority…) copying the text and pasting it into AppleWorks will do the job.
    Select all, then go to Edit Menu / Writing Tools / Word count

  2. céline February 9, 2006 at 11:29 am

    Thanks to you two for the added info.

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