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Peter Green

Word and Character Count Tool

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I occasionally produce documents where word count is important -- for example, I might write an article for a local publication which someone else wishes to publish on line as long as I can keep it within a specified word count.

I recently also asked someone else to write a brief piece for a newsletter where the space was limited. To give my writer an approximate word count, I had to copy the text from an earlier issue into Word and use the word count  from there.

InDesign has a built-in "Info" tool which is far more convenient.

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I'm running into this exact same issue right now with a publication layout. Word count feels like a simple add that would be immeasurably helpful to some people.

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I'm sure word count could be provided, but to me it doesn't seem as simple as one might think.

Total words in the document? Including repeated use of the word "Page" in footers?

Words in one particular text frame? Or including any linked text frames?

Words in a paragraph? Or in a sentence? Or in a selection?

Words on all document pages, but not including any words that came from master pages?

Something else? Or any of the above, depending on options chosen by the user?

-- Walt

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