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Getting a Word Count

One of the most valuable tools that a writer can have is a word count feature. Author guidelines will clearly state a minimum or maximum word count as part of the instructions. Whether you are submitting a magazine article, a short story, a nonfiction work, or a school assignment, you'll need to pay close attention to the number of words in your document.

One of the new features in WordPerfect X3 is the ability to customize the way a word count is performed. In past versions, you could not exclude the following document elements from the count: headers/footers, comments, footnotes/endnotes, watermarks, text boxes, and box captions. Choose File, Properties, and then click the Word Count tab to display the word count options (see Figure 3.9).

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Figure 3.9 In the Word Count tab, you can disable the check boxes for those elements that you do not want included in a word count.

Also new in WordPerfect X3 is the Word Count button on the application bar (see Figure 3.10). The button displays <Count> by default. To initiate a word count, click the Word Count button. Once you do so, the number of words in the document appears on the button.

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Figure 3.10 In the Word Count tab, you can disable the check boxes for the elements that you do not want included in a word count.

The Word Count button will not automatically reflect the number of words as you add or remove them from the document, but it does display a tilde (~) before the word count to let you know that the count has changed. When you are ready to update the word count, simply click the Word Count button.

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