If you need to know the total number of words in your Word document, look at the status bar at the bottom of the Word window.
If you don’t see the word count in the status bar, right-click the status bar, then and click Word Count.
Also you can see the number of words in Word Count dialog box.
The Word Count dialog box displays the number of pages, paragraphs, and lines in your document, and also the number of characters, either including or excluding spaces.
If you have Classic Menu for Microsoft Office:
On the Menus tab, click the Tools drop down menu and you will view the Word Count item.
If you don’t have Classic Menu for Office:
On the Review tab, in the Proofing group, click Word Count button:
The word count for a page will vary depending on font size and type, margin size, and spacing elements (single/double space, blank lines, subheadings, graphics).
For a page with 1 inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and minimal spacing elements, a good rule of thumb is 500 words for a single spaced page and 250 words for a double spaced page. Using this as an example, a 3-4 page double spaced paper is 750-1000 words, and a 7 page double spaced paper would be 1750 words.
Assignments often specify a research paper or essay length in terms of words, rather than pages - a paper of 750-1000 words or a paper of 1500-1750 words. This way a student's paper will still meet their instructor's length expectations, regardless of varying font size, margin size, or use spacing elements.
When viewing an electronic version of a student paper in MicroSoft Word, the exact word count can be easily determined. Some research assignments require students to include the word count of their paper.
Also, clarify with your instructor whether the words on the title page, abstract (if used), and reference list count toward the expected word/page count.