Add a Word Count Button to Microsoft Word

If you're a writer, student, or anyone else constrained by word counts, you're probably a regular user of Microsoft Word's handy Word Count feature (which is accessible in the Tools menu). Wouldn't it be even handier if it had its own toolbar button?

I think so, which is why I've added it to my Word toolbar. Here's how you can do likewise. (This describes the process for Word 2003 and earlier. If you have Word 2007, leave a comment below and let me know if it's the same. I'm fairly certain it is.)

  1. Click Tools, Customize, and then click the Commands tab.
  2. In the Categories section on the left, click Tools.
  3. In the Commands section on the right, scroll down until you see Word Count.
  4. Left-click Word Count, hold it, and drag it up to any desirable spot on any of Word's toolbars. If you're not happy with the spot, just drag the new button somewhere else.
  5. Click the Close button.

That's all there is to it! As you might have guessed, you can add other Word features to your toolbars using the same method. You can also drag unwanted buttons off a toolbar to minimize clutter.

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