If you are want an alternative to performing a word count online, you can do this in Microsoft Word. With the latest versions, there are several ways to do this. The listed methods only apply to Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft Word 2010.
Word Count on the Screen
In the latest versions of Microsoft Word, it is possible to already see the word count by looking at the bottom left of your screen. It should display the word count as you type.
Another new feature that Microsoft added to Word is a word count on a particular section. Just highlight what text you want to know the word count on and it should display something like 15/150. This means that from the highlighted section there are 15 words and 150 from the text as a whole.
It is also possible to check the document’s word count as a whole by pressing CTRL-click or CTRL-A.
A More Thorough Examination of the Word Counter Function in Word
There is also a more extensive Word Count function that can be done by clicking on the Review tab and then selecting word count.
When you do this, you can see some more thorough and detailed statistics about your document such as the page number, the word count, the characters, the number of paragraphs, and lines. Additionally, there is a checkbox that allows you to choose if you want to include footnotes, endnotes, or textboxes in your word count. This feature is especially helpful for professional writers, journalists, and scholars who need to adhere to specific word counts for publishing purposes.
There are a variety of ways to find out different properties about your document in the latest versions of Microsoft Word to test out and to use for your specific purposes.