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The word count should appear where you had placed the cursor on the page.
Please note that if you make any changes to the document after you insert the word count, the total will not update automatically.
In this article, we're going to show you how to create a system-wide service that enables you to get an immediate word count and character count in Text Edit, Safari, Mail, or indeed any app on your Mac that lets you highlight text.
It offers a handy home-made solution if you often find yourself pasting into a blank Word or Pages document for no other reason than to find out how many words are in a text selection.
The to check for the word count is to look in the shaded Status Bar at the very bottom of the page.
On the far left you should see page count and a word count listed.
Please note that these tabs will only be available if you have a Word document open.
If you’ve clicked away from your document to open a webpage or some other activity, you must click on the Word document again in order to have access to its tabs.