Notepad++ has some great features for working with text, like macros and column editing. But what about finding information about your text, such as document length and word count? There are several ways to do this in Notepad++.
Notepad++ Word Count
If you have no plugins installed, you can use the built-in Summary function. If you are using the TextFX plugin you can use the Word Count function:
- Double-click on Status Bar (shortcut to View → Summary)
- View → Summary
- TextFX Tools → Word Count
Differences between Notepad++ and TextFX
The Notepad++ Summary only shows the total word count. If you have text selected it shows you how many characters you have selected, but not how many words are in your selection.
TextFX only works when you have text selected, and shows you how many words and characters are in your selection.
More importantly, Notepad++ and TextFX counts words differently. Notepad++ counts hyphenated words as two words, while TextFX counts hyphenated words as one word. (TextFX and Microsoft Word counts the same way.)
Double-click on Status Bar
View → Summary
TextFX Tools → Word Count
There are several ways to count words in Notepad++. In this blog post I show the two most common ways, by using the built-in Notepad++ function and the TextFX plugin. Please note that Notepad++ and TextFX counts words differently.