Seeing the number of words as you type is an essential feature in Google Docs. However, to access this information, you need to go to 'Tools', then 'Word Count'.
According to the latest service update, these days are nearing an end. During October, Google Docs users will have access to the word count as they type text. However, the functionality will first be implemented in G Suite (Google Docs for Business).
As you can see in the image below, you will have access to the number of words in the text as you type. Clicking on this count box also gives you access to the number of pages and the number of characters (with and without spaces).
Google writes in its statement: "We understand that showing this information is useful for users working on documents that require minimum and / or maximum words."
Functionality will be enabled by default
Once enabled for everyone, the feature will be available by default. If you want to enable / disable it, you can do so in ‘Tools’, ‘Word Count’ and ‘Show Word Count As You Type’.
This is the kind of functionality that Microsoft users have been accessing by default for a long time. It is something that is unnecessary for many, but it will be essential for those who use this type of tools daily.
This feature will arrive in October for all G Suite users. It is believed that Google will reach all users some time later.
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