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asked 2012-07-09 10:33:27 +0200

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updated 2013-02-03 10:30:21 +0200

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Most work done for University have a word limit which excludes the heading, captions, tables and other formatting s. On large documents such as a Thesis these extra words can add up to quite a significant amount.

Is there a way of only showing a word count for the Text Body only?


Is there a way of selecting all text with the Text Body paragraph style? So I could use word count on the current selection.

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Do you mean Find&Replace - More Options - Search for Styles (on) - Search for (Text body) - Find All?

JohnSUN gravatar imageJohnSUN ( 2012-07-09 11:54:45 +0200 )edit

Most universities have a much simpler word count requirement. Only the body of the work is counted, exclusive of forepapers and endpapers. Using styles to count words would be a nightmare for any properly styled thesis as it can contain literature quotations, co-researcher content, etc.

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2012-07-09 13:02:43 +0200 )edit

Unfortunately at my University titles, headings,citations, references, tables, captions as well as forepapers and endpapers are not included in the word count limit.

jmar71n gravatar imagejmar71n ( 2012-07-09 14:57:13 +0200 )edit

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answered 2012-07-09 14:52:45 +0200

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updated 2012-07-09 15:11:33 +0200

Thanks JohnSUN!!

So to get a word count for just the Text Body paragraph style.

Open Word Count.. Tools --> Word Count & move it to the side...

then... Find & Replace --> More Options --> Tick 'Search for Styles' --> Search For 'Text Body' --> Find All

Then the word count is displayed the word count window under 'Current selection'.

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