How To Check Word Count In WordPress Post/Page

While creating a new post on the WordPress dashboard, we need to check the total word count sometimes. Before the WordPress 5.0 update, it was very easy to check the word count for any post/page. It used to show on the bottom of the classic editor.

But after the introduction of the new Block Editor (Gutenberg), it has completely changed the way people used to check the word count.

However, it’s still easy to check word count in the Gutenberg editor.

Let’s see how to check it.

How To Check Word Count On WordPress

It’s extremely easy.

Just click on the ‘Document Overview’ icon from the header part of the editor.

Once you click on the icon, it will show you the total word count.

You can also check the number of headings, paragraphs, and blocks used on the post/page.

And the great thing is, you can also check the document outline and go to any heading part by just clicking on it.

Also Read: 10+ Time-Saving WordPress Editor Tips & Tricks You Should Know


I hope this guide helped you to find the total word count in WordPress Block editor.

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7 responses to “How To Check Word Count In WordPress Post/Page”

  1. Barbara H. Avatar
    Barbara H.

    What if that i in a circle doesn’t appear? I usually see it, but it’s not there now.

    1. Istiak Rayhan
      Istiak Rayhan

      Now it appears before character. So when you click on the circle, the first figure you see is the number of words.

    2. Audrey Driscoll Avatar
      Audrey Driscoll

      If you click on the 3 horizontal parallel lines at the top left of the screen (where the i in a circle used to be), and then click on Outline (instead of List View) in the display that pops up, you will see the word count.

  2. jose Avatar

    If you need general word counts of all pages/post, check out WORDPRESS WORDCOUNT WIZARD:

  3. Maureen Wood Avatar
    Maureen Wood

    Thank you, it was driving me nuts.

  4. Sathish Arumugam Avatar
    Sathish Arumugam

    Very Useful one. This is definitely a time-saving tip. I won’t need any third-party websites to check my word counter hereafter.

    With Regards
    Sathish Arumugam

  5. Aria Mathew Avatar
    Aria Mathew

    I find this article a very useful one. I usually check word count in WordCounter. Hereafter, I can save a lot of time. Thanks a ton.

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