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Word counter with powerful capabilities. Obtain detailed word count with the possibility of omitting text between parenthesis, tables, certain text and even set targets for motivation.
Listing updated:September 26, 2021
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Overview
Word Counter Max for Google Docs is a totally free add-on that I wrote to display the live word count of the current document even for lengthy documents of 5000 words or more. Unlike the default word counter, you will be able to set exclusions to ignore certain text and you can generate detailed reports for your document. There's more, whether you need to hit a minimum word count or reduce your word count to be within the limit for your assignment, you can set targets for that. This word counter should be relatively accurate though there may be slight discrepancies since every word counter considers what should be a word differently. Do write in if there are major errors or bugs.

Available exclusions
▪︎Text between parenthesis
▪︎Text between brackets
▪︎Text in tables
▪︎Text with paragraph styles
eg. "Title",  "Subtitle", "Header1",  "Header2", etc
▪︎Text in paragraphs starting with x.x eg. "1.2 Introduction into" or "1.5.3 My header"
▪︎Everything after and including the paragraph starting with Keyword
▪︎Text in paragraphs starting with Keyword
eg. "Content Page",  "Chapter", "Figure", etc

Advanced options
▪︎Count words until cursor*
▪︎Count words within selection*
▪︎Count footnotes*

Generate word report
▪︎ Analyses your document and provides a detailed breakdown of word count by chapter or subchapter through the use of paragraph styles.

Display modes
▪︎Full
▪︎Minimal
▪︎Barebones Floating

Future
▪︎More features
▪︎Better handling of lone symbols

Tips
▪︎If it does not load, check if you're using multiple accounts, in that case, you can log out of all accounts or use incognito mode. For Chrome users, problems may also arise if you are not using your primary account. Unfortunately, this is a problem on google's side and I can't directly fix it.
▪︎If you're using the addon for long periods, you may want to check the slow update box to ensure that you don't hit the maximum quota.
▪︎For error reporting, try to include console log or any error messages.

Note
▪︎There will not be support for tracking word count over time.

Changelog
▪︎V6.2 Bugfixes (subtitle exclusion)
▪︎V6.1 Bugfixes (core counting method table)
▪︎V6.0 Major update to core counting method and bugfixes
▪︎V5.1 Improved word report interface
▪︎V5.0 Generate word report now shows words that were excluded. Added option to disable exclusion of table of contents. Added option to exclude double-quotes. Added option to make counting algorithm more similar to Google Docs behaviour.
▪︎V4.1 New setup menu for new users
▪︎V4.0 Reading time estimate and input validation
▪︎V3.13 Bugfixes (Footnotes & Logo)
▪︎V3.12 Bugfixes
▪︎V3.11 Count words within selection
▪︎V3.10 Styling improvements
▪︎V3.9 Barebones floating mode
▪︎V3.8 New splash screen 
▪︎V3.7 Stability improvements and bugfixes
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Word Counter Max for Google Docs will need access to your Google account
This will allow Word Counter Max for Google Docs to :
See, edit, create, and delete all your Google Docs documents
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Ellie Broadie
May 1, 2021
This app is very useful, however, when I enter it and then get off, I can no longer type. This minor issue messes the whole thing up for me. That is why I gave it 2 stars. If this minor detail was fixed, then I would be completely happy with this installment.
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Sachi C
February 3, 2021
Quite love this add-on! Doc's measly word counter has always annoyed me so this fixed that issue. Various versions (full, minimal, barebones) means I have a lot of options which I can enjoy. My only thing is that I'd like to be able to see the word/character count of highlighted text! Sometimes I need to see the word count for a paragraph; Docs' word counter does this but it's a pain to get to the pop-up. But otherwise I'm completely happy with this add-on!
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Rachel Fernandes
December 23, 2020
It's an awesome add-on, but I'd love to see a "minimal" version, with just online word count/target and the progress bar showing :)
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George Gitogo
December 30, 2020
Good app... But I wish there was an option to exclude text within speech marks.
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Juliacarp Scasnotious
April 7, 2021
I really like this! I use for almost all the time I am writing. I like the fact that with the smallest size, I can move it all around the document. I also like how I can change what does and doesn't count in terms of the word count. Definitely going to continue using it.
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Leigh Clayborne
October 31, 2020
Works as described. Must-have for writers who need to generate a daily word count to finish a project over a period of time. Would love if you could add a feature so that I can click in the middle of the document and see how many words I have up to that point.
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Juan Pablo Ugarte
July 27, 2021
Great addon, works very accurately and has tons of options. Please add a minimal version that only shows new words, with or without the progress bar. Also, please make the minimal box resizable. Thank you!
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Sam Ross
April 23, 2021
Very nicely implemented, big improvement over the built in counter. Is it possible to add the ability to show a word count for text that has been selected?
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Lynn Handley
December 6, 2020
Eh...it doesn't show words per chapter, which was what I was hoping for. It's not much more than the default word counter.
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Sara Tekie
May 25, 2021
It would be useful if I could write anything :(
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