Run a live word count in Google Docs

Google Docs ( is handy for writing letters, reports and other types of documents. If you need to know how many words or characters you’ve written, go to the Tools menu and select ‘Word count’. Better still, you can press Shift+Ctrl+C. If you select some text and press Shift+Ctrl+C, Google Docs shows the number of words in the selection. If you want a continuous update of the number of words and characters in a document, go to Add-ons, ‘Get add-ons’. Find an add-on called Better Word Count and click the ‘+ Free’ button to install it. Then go to Addons, Better Word Count, Open Tools. A panel opens on the right with a word count that updates as you type.

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