Every translator, proofreader, editor, writer, or blogger has their favorite software to work with texts. One of the most common programs is Microsoft Word. We install a new version of Word and then use it for years. Many translators work in the 2013 version and wonder what the most convenient way to view the word-count in Microsoft Word 2013 is. Let’s figure this out.
There are three ways to see word-count statistics of word-count in your document.
First of all, you can access the Microsoft Word 2013 word-count statistics window through the Review Tab. To the right of the Spelling & Grammar icon, you can find Word-count button.
If you can’t find the icon you need, please note that all commands are in groups. Find the Proofing group, and there will be the word-count command that you’re looking for.
You can open the Statistics dialog box by clicking on the word-count indicator on the status bar in the lower-left corner of Microsoft Word 2013. This way, you can also check the character and word count in the active document.
Sometimes, the word-count indicator on the status bar is hidden and cannot be visible to users. That means it’s turned off, and you won’t be able to open the statistics window. In this case, you need to turn the indicator on. To do this, right-click on the status bar.
To turn the indicator on, right-click on the status bar. You will see a drop-down list with various commands. Some of them will be checked (enabled commands), and some of them will be unchecked (disabled commands). You need to find the word-count command in the list and click on it. A checkmark should appear next to the label. The indicator will also appear on the status bar.
Translation professionals rarely use Microsoft Office software to count words in their documents, since Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. are not precise enough to calculate the amount of work.
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