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Better Word Count
This add-on provides a live-updating sidebar word count with additional customization, including header, footer, & footnote support.
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This tool gives writers a live-updating sidebar as an alternative to the built-in word count utility. It also provides options to:

- include headers, footers, and footnotes (not possible with built-in word count)
- exclude particular header styles
- exclude strikethrough text
- view word count for selected text or the entire document

Notes: 

- The built-in word count counts images, drawings, and other non-textual entities as single characters. We don't find this to make much sense for most use cases, so this tool only counts text elements. Because of this, there may occasionally be very small differences in character counts with the built-in tool. 

- When no text is selected, and the entire document character count is being displayed, footnote markers within the text are counted as single characters, as they are in the built-in-word count. However, when a range is selected, they are ignored. This is a limitation due to the way footnotes are structured in the Google Docs API.

- We've had requests for a narrower sidebar. Unfortunately, Google Apps does not allow custom sidebars to customize their width, and all add-on sidebars are exactly 300px wide. We hope to see this changed in the future.
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A User of Better Word Count
March 7, 2019
Just installed, searching for a feature: to count characters that would remain after accepting suggestions. Would that be possible/needed to somebody else?
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A User of Better Word Count
March 5, 2019
This is great, but it could be improved by replacing the words "include"/"exclude" with "including"/"excluding." I found it somewhat ambiguous at first as is. You might think that you need to click "include" in order to include.
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A User of Better Word Count
March 1, 2019
Excellent add-on, just what I needed for a group report which had a word count inclusive of footnotes!
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A User of Better Word Count
January 31, 2019
I really enjoy this add-on; it is a blessing for writing in school, especially on-demand essays that have word count requirements. One feature I would love to be added, Google Docs API permitting, would be a paragraph word count. I often times have a specific length that I need to keep a paragraph under to allow for future paragraphs. Additionally, it is common for me to write with a prompt and/or brainstorming above where I am writing. When this is a one-paragraph prompt (i.e. college admissions question) I just strikethrough the above sections, but a paragraph word count would be more streamlined. This little add-on has made a world of difference, really loving it. Thanks!
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A User of Better Word Count
January 29, 2019
Works well. Thanks.
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A User of Better Word Count
January 29, 2019
"Couldn't process word count". Tried opening & closing sidebar. Restarting Chrome. Nada. No good.
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A User of Better Word Count
January 15, 2019
I really find this add on super useful and helps my writing very much. It would be great if it could also include a count down timer to help us keep focused. Thank you very much for developing and maintaining this add on.
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A User of Better Word Count
January 10, 2019
A very useful app, especially when you keep forgetting the word count shortcut. It deserves 5 starts but I would love for a countdown feature, like if I set a word goal and it tells me how many words i have left to that goal.
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JD Maresco
January 12, 2019
Thanks for the suggestion! Will add it to our list of feature requests.
A User of Better Word Count
January 9, 2019
AWESOME!!! Thank you SO much for fixing your app!! I cannot tell you how incredibly essential this is - a word count that INCLUDES the footnotes! Thank you thank you thank you!
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JD Maresco
January 12, 2019
Really glad to hear it's working well for you!
A User of Better Word Count
December 11, 2018
I don't know if I'm crazy or something, but this isn't counting my footnotes, which is why I downloaded it. I changed the settings to include footnotes and footer, neither are being incorporated into the count any more so than they are on the built in word count.
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JD Maresco
December 27, 2018
Marina – do you have the "Footnotes" toggle in Settings set to "Include"? Footnotes aren't enabled for the word count by default until you manually turn them on. Hope that helps; if so would appreciate an updated review to let us know!
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