How to Count the Number of Words in your Document

Translation Word Count

If you don't know the total number of words that you need to translate, don't worry. You can easily calculate it below. Use one of the following four methods as a tool:

 

Method 1

If the text to be translated is available as a computer file, follow these instructions to obtain electronic word counts from the most common software programs:

Microsoft Word

Microsoft PowerPoint

PDF Documents

InDesign

QuarkXPress

FrameMaker

PageMaker

 

Method 2

If the text is relatively short and you can copy/paste it in the box below, do so and click on the Count Words button.


 

Method 3

If you cannot use Methods 1 or 2 and you know the total number of pages, just enter this number in the "Total Pages" box below and then click the Calculate button. This method considers that one typed English-language page contains approximately 250 words. Please note that this is an estimate only and that the actual cost will be based on the word count that we calculate from your source (original) document.

Total pages:




Your document has approximately:

total words

 

Method 4

Send your source (original) document via e-mail to and we will gladly calculate the total word count.

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Word Count

Microsoft Word

To count the number of words in a Microsoft Word document:

  1. Open the document in Microsoft Word
  2. On the 'Review' tab, in the 'Proofing' group, click 'Word Count'
  3. Alternatively, look at the status bar at the bottom of the Word window

 

 

 

Microsoft PowerPoint Word Count

Microsoft PowerPoint

To count the number of words in a Microsoft PowerPoint document:

  1. Open the document in Microsoft PowerPoint
  2. On the 'File' tab, click Info
  3. At the bottom of the rightmost pane, click 'Show All Properties'
  4. The 'Words' property counts all the text on slides and notes pages

 

 

 

PDF Document Word Count

PDF Documents

To count the number of words in a PDF document:

  1. Open the document in Adobe Acrobat (full version only, not Acrobat Reader)
  2. Go to the 'File' menu
  3. Choose 'Save As'
  4. In the 'Save as type' drop-down menu, choose 'Rich Text Format (RTF)'
  5. Click the 'Save' button
  6. Open up your new RTF document in Microsoft Word
  7. On the 'Review' tab, in the 'Proofing' group, click 'Word Count'

 

 

 

InDesign Word Count

Adobe InDesign

To count the number of words in an Adobe InDesign document:

  1. Open the document in Adobe InDesign
  2. Click on 'Window' > 'Info' to open the 'Info' panel
  3. To count words in a select area of text, highlight the text and see the Character, Word, Line and Paragraph counts appear in the 'Info' panel
  4. To count words in a whole story, stretching across a large number of text frames, click your cursor into one of the text frames and see the relevant info appear in the panel

 

 

 

QuarkXPress Word Count

QuarkXPress

To count the number of words in a QuarkXPress document:

  1. Open the document in QuarkXPress
  2. Go to the 'Utilities' menu
  3. Choose 'Word and Character Count'
  4. Select 'Layout/Story'

 

 

 

FrameMaker Word Count

FrameMaker

To count the number of words in an Adobe FrameMaker document:

  1. Open the document in FrameMaker
  2. Go to the 'File' menu
  3. Choose the 'Utilities' function
  4. Choose the 'Document Reports' function
  5. Select 'Word Count' and press the 'Run' button

 

 

 

PageMaker Word Count

PageMaker

To count the number of words in an Adobe PageMaker document:

  1. Open the document in PageMaker
  2. Go to the 'Utilities' menu
  3. Choose the 'Plug-ins' function
  4. Select 'Word Counter' function
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