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How to Show Word Count in Pages on Mac, iPhone and iPad

Simple and Quick Way to View Word Count in Pages on macOS and iOS

Whether you need to know the file word count for school, work, or just for your own curiosity, you do not need to count all the words yourself as people had to some time ago, when software such as Microsoft Word or Apple's Pages did not exist. Now you can very simply and extremely quickly find out the word count of your written file by clicking a couple of buttons on your computer.

Pages app is a page layout, and word-processing app merged into one.

Page layout document is like a canvas where you can use your imagination and custom design an item by adding text, illustrations, video files, and other objects. It lets you arrange the imported objects as you wish. If you need an extra page, you need to add it manually.

Simple and Quick Way to View Word Count in Pages on macOS and iOS

Word-processing documents are mainly reports, letters, essays, and similar. These documents usually have an area where you type the body text, and it continues from one page to another while creating new pages automatically. You can add charts, images, and other objects as well as in the page layout document, but here you do not have that much freedom.

Apple initially released Pages in 2005, which is apart of the iWork productivity suite, a bundle of applications also created by Apple to help you increase productivity and effortlessly create attractive documents. The app supports 33 languages and is available on macOS, iOS, and iCloud on the web.

What is great about this app is that you can choose to create a document by using one of the already prepared templates with different themes like letters, CVs, posters, business cards, reports, and more. Pages app is compatible with various media files. With the Media Browser, you can quickly access music, video, and photo files and drag them into your Pages document.

With Pages, you can create collaborations with your colleagues at work or fellow students on a project. You are able to view and track changes made by other users and distinguish which user made which adjustment by a color assigned to that user. You can also leave comments for others to see and position objects like images and text anywhere on the page. If you use Pages with your iPad, you can use an Apple Pencil to handwrite your text onto a Page's document, and it will automatically be turned to typed text. Also, data detectors can recognize handwritten dates, addresses, and phone numbers.

Apple's Pages work perfectly with Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can easily import Microsoft Office documents into Pages and continue with your work.

Pages is a great software for writing and creating text documents and graphic files. It will quickly show you not only the word count of the whole document but also the word count for a selected section and more.

In this article, you will found out how to display word count on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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View Word Count in Pages App on Your iPhone

You can easily track your word count in the Pages app by enabling word count with just a few steps.

To view word count in the Pages app on your iPhone, follow the steps below:

1. Locate the Pages app on your iPhone and open it.
2. Then, choose a document you want and open it in the Pages app.
3. When the document is opened, tap on the three dots located at the top right corner of the screen.
4. Then scroll down and locate the "Word Count" feature.
5. Toggle to enable word count and click on "Done" at the top right corner of your iPhone screen.

Now you should see the total number of words at the bottom center of your device screen.

If you want to see the word count for a specific section of the file, just select the area, and the word count will refresh automatically to show you the word count for the selection.

You can turn off the word count by following the same steps listed above.

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View Word Count in Pages App on Your iPad

iPad has almost the same interface as an iPhone as they both run on iOS, so the steps to enabling word count are very similar to the iPhone's.

To view word count in the Pages app on your iPad, follow the steps below:

1. Locate the Pages app on your iPad and open it.
2. Then, choose a document you want and open it in the Pages app.
3. When the document is opened, tap on the small menu icon (similar to a window) located at the top left corner of the screen.
4. When the small menu pops up, locate the "Word Count" feature.
5. Toggle to enable word count.

The word count will be visible at the bottom center of your iPad screen.

If you want to see the word count for a specific section of the file, just select the section, and the word count will refresh automatically to show you the word count for the selection.

If you later decide you want to turn off the word count, just follow the same steps above.

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View Word Count in Pages App on Mac

Enabling word count in the Pages app on your Mac is also very simple and a quick process.

To view word count in the Pages app on your Mac, follow the steps below:

1. Launch Pages app from the Launchpad, Finder, or Terminal.
2. Open any document you want to check the word count.
3. When the file has opened and loaded, locate the small menu icon (similar to a window) at the top left corner of the Page's window.
4. Find the option "Show Word Count" and click on it.

Show word count

5. You will see the word count box appear at the bottom center of Page's app window.

Word count box at the bottom center

If you look closely at the word count area, you will see arrows in the box's right corner. When you click on it, you can also choose to view characters without spaces, characters with spaces, how many paragraphs there are, and the number of pages.

Other count options

If you do not want the word count box sitting at the bottom center, you can drag it and put it where you want in the app window area.

Also, you can see the word count for a specific section of the file. Select the section, and the word count will refresh automatically to show you the word count for the selection.

Selection word count

If you no longer need to view the word count, just follow the same steps listed above to disable this feature.

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We hope this article was helpful!

For a step-by-step tutorial, check out the video below.

Video on How to Show Word Count in Pages on Mac

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