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How to Count Words in Excel?

The topic of word count in Excel is quite extensive, so we divided it into two posts. In the first part, “How to Count Text in Excel? Formulas, pitfalls, and tricks,” we covered how to count words in Excel one cell or a range of cells. We also talked about pitfalls and tricks. In this post, we cover the following topics:

  • How to count words in Excel‘s entire worksheet
    • Set up Macros with VBA code to count words in Excel. Easy steps!
    • Access the Word Count Macros in Excel
  • The secret weapon in taming word count in Excel

To count all the words on a worksheet, you need a VBA code. Don’t panic! Everything is easier than it seems. We gathered all the information about word count in Excel’s entire worksheet, structured it, and clearly described all the steps. You do not need programming skills and any additional software tools to use VBA code. Just follow the steps below.

Set up Macros with VBA code to count words in Excel. Easy steps!

First, you need to enable the Developer tab. To do this, go to the Files Tab > Options > Customize Ribbon and check the Developer box.

Enable the Developer's tab

Now go to the Developer tab > Visual Basic.

Run visual basic in Excel

Next, click on Insert > Module.

Insert the Module to count words in Excel

You will be surprised, but half of the steps are already behind. There are still a few simple steps left. When the window appears, you need to add the following code:

Sub Word_Count_()
Dim WordCount As Long
Dim rng As Range
Dim S As String
Dim N As Long
For Each rng In ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Cells
S = Application.WorksheetFunction.Trim(rng.Text)
N = 0
If S <> vbNullString Then
N = Len(S) – Len(Replace(S, ” “, “”)) + 1
End If
WordCount = WordCount + N
Next rng
MsgBox “There are ” & Format(WordCount, “#,##0″) & ” words in this worksheet”
End Sub

Once you’ve added the code, сlick on the play button to check if everything is working as it should.

Run the VBA code for word count in Excel

If everything goes as planned, a popup window will appear, and you will see the word count in Excel’s entire worksheet.

Word Count in Excel with the VBA code

Access the Word Count Macros in Excel

Once you are sure that everything works, click ok. After that, we will see the window with our code again. You need to click on the Save button so that you can use your word count macros later.

The next time you need to count words in Excel entire worksheet, you no longer need to type in the code. You need to run it. To do so, go to the Developer tab and click on the Macros. You can also use the hotkeys Alt + F8.

Run Excel Word Count Macros

Select the Word count module and run it.

Run Word Count Macros here

Word count tool to count words in Excel

VBA code is an excellent option if word counting in Excel files is not part of your workflow. If you have more complex documents containing many worksheets, cell comments, text boxes, shapes, headers, and footers, and you have many such files, you need a word count tool that can count everything in one fell swoop with fewer complications.

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