Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Watch your word count as you type.

Read this previous post on word count in Pages

Catriona, a reader of this blog, asks:
...I'm submitting an assignment that has a maximum word count and I'm trying to get down to the maximum, so it would be really nice to know when I've got there.

I have written here many times about how to get the word count in Pages. In the current version of Pages 5.6.2. word count is displayed at the bottom left corner of an open document. Make sure that under the View menu in your open Pages document the "Show Word Count" option is activated. 

In the bottom left corner of the document there will be a tab that shows the actual word count as you type. It is a tab which, when you click on it, opens a drop-down menu with options such as characters, paragraphs, line and words. Choose the one that suits your requirement. 

Catriona seems to have more words than she is required to produce to complete her assignment.  In this case, when the text needs to be redacted (cut), go through it paragraph by paragraph, line by line and find what can be left out. Cut and watch the word count automatically change to show the actual number of words. Repeat until you reach your target. 

A few screenshots here show the tab and the menu.

The word count tab —
A small text with the word count tab set to show characters —

Pages View menu with 'Show Word Count' option shown. Slide down to select it and activete — 

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