How to Check Word Count on Google Docs

How to Check Word Count on Google Docs

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How to Check Word Count on Google Docs

Let’s see how to view word count on Google Docs (desktop version (PC) and app (Android and iPhone)):

PC

Sign into Google Docs.

Open the document you wish.

Click on Tools > Word count.

That’s it. You see the page and word count of the document along with the number of characters (including and excluding spaces).

You see “Display word count while typing” option. Self-explanatory, right? Enable it if you want this feature. Hit the “OK” button.

Also, note these two important things:

  • You can do the above task via keyboard shortcut – CTRL + Shift + C.
  • You can find the word count of the selective text too. To do that, select the text you wish. And then use the above keyboard shortcut or click on Tools > Word count.

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Android or iPhone

Open the document you prefer in the Google Docs app.

Tap the three horizontal dots (iPhone) or three vertical dots (Android) at the top.

You see the “Word count.” Hit it.

That’s all. You see the word count and the characters count (including and excluding spaces).

Remember, you can’t see the page count here like the Google Docs desktop version.

Also, note that you can find the word count of the selective text too. To do that, select the text and then follow the above steps.

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How to Find and Replace on Google Docs

Let’s see how to find and replace on Google Docs (desktop version (PC) and app (Android and iPhone)):

PC

Sign into Google Docs.

Open the document you wish.

Press CTRL + F, and it’ll open Find bar. In the Find bar, enter the word(s) you want to find.

Not only alphabets, but you can also enter numbers, regular expressions, and special characters.

You see the total number of instances next to the one you’ve entered in the Find bar. And all the occurrences are highlighted in the document.

The “Up” and “Down” arrow is for jumping to the previous and next instance of the word(s) in the Find bar. The “X” is used to close the Find bar.

Hit the three vertical dots in the Find bar. It’ll open “Find and replace” pop-up. Or you can open it directly by using the keyboard shortcut – CTRL + H.

If you open the “Find and replace” pop-up from the Find bar, you see that the “Find” field is already filled with the word(s) you’ve entered in Find bar.

If you’ve used the shortcut to open it, you need to enter the word(s) in the “Find” field.

Keep in mind that not only alphabets, you can also enter numbers, special characters, and regular expressions in the “Find” field.

You see the total number of instances next to the word(s) in the “Find” field. And all the occurrences are highlighted in the document.

In the “Replace with” field, enter the word(s) which you want to replace the one in the “Find” field.

Beneath the “Replace with” field, you see three options:

  • Match case
  • Match using regular expressions
  • Ignore Latin diacritics

Self-explanatory, right? Remember, these options apply for both find and replace.

You also see these buttons:

Replace button replaces the currently highlighted instance of the word(s) in the “Find” field with the one in the “Replace with” field.

Replace all button replaces all the instances of the word(s) in the “Find” field with the one in the “Replace with” field.

The “Previous” button highlights the previous instance, and the “Next” button highlight the next occurrence.

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Android

Launch the Google Docs app. Open the document you wish.

Hit the three horizontal dots at the top. Hit “Find and replace” which is between “Document outline” and “Word Count.”

In the Find bar at the top, enter the word(s) in the “Find” field. Hit the “Search” icon on your keyboard.

You see the number of occurrences in a toast notification. And all instances of the word(s) are highlighted.

The left and right arrows are used to jump to the previous and next instances.

“Tick” icon in the Find bar is for closing both the Find and Replace bars.

Hit the three vertical dots in the Find bar and you see: Replace and Replace all.

The “Replace” is used to replace a currently highlighted instance of the word(s) in the Find bar with the one in the “Replace with” field.

The “Replace all” is used to replace all the occurrences of the word(s) in the Find bar with the one in the “Replace all with” field.

Hit the one you prefer. Enter the word(s) in the field and then hit the button.

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iPhone

Launch the Google Docs app. Open the document you wish.

Hit the three horizontal dots at the top. Hit “Find and replace” which is between “Document outline” and “Word Count.”

In the Find bar at the top, enter the word(s) in the “Find in document” field. Hit the “search” button on your keyboard.

You see the number of occurrences in a toast notification. And all instances of the word(s) are highlighted.

The up and down arrows are used to jump to the previous and next instances.

“X” in the Find bar is for closing both the Find and Replace bars.

At the bottom, you see the “Replace” bar. In it, you see:

“Replace with” field – This is for providing the word which you want to replace the one in the Find bar.

Also, you see “Replace” and “All” buttons.

The “Replace” button is used to replace a currently highlighted instance of the word(s) in the Find bar with the one in the “Replace with” field.

The “All” button is used to replace all the occurrences of the word(s) in the Find bar with the one in the “Replace with” field.

Use the one you prefer.

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