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If you are like me and tend to write blog posts or content briefs, figuring out the Notion word count of certain sections is definitely needed.
But is there a better and easier way?
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How To Check the Word Count in Notion?
Currently, you can only check the word count of a specific page and not a highlighted selection.
Yes, that sucks, I know.
Here’s how you do it.
- Go to the page you want to check the word count of
- Click the 3 dots on the top right
- Scroll to the bottom, and you should see the Notion word counter, “Last edited by,” and the time.
How To Check the Word Count of a Highlighted Text in Notion?
Sadly, this feature is unavailable natively within Notion, but there are 2 workarounds.
Note: You have to be using the browser version as these methods require Chrome extensions.
1) Using Word Counter Plus
Head over to the Chrome web store and install Word Counter Plus.
Once you are done, go back to your Notion page and highlight your desired text and right-click select the extension.
A popup should appear showing the word count in addition to the following:
- Character count
- Average word length
- Longest word length
2) Using a Custom Notion Word Count Chrome Extension
This method is a little more complicated because you must mess with some code.
But the end result is that you will be able to see view the word count natively in Notion.
You can find the source code on GitHub, but the only issue is that it hasn’t been updated in a while, so you might need to tinker with some:
- JQuery (DOM manipulation)
- NPM (package management)
- Webpack (bundling)
How To View the Word Count in Notion as a Database Property?
What if you wanted to get the word count in a database?
I’ve got a solution for you. Well, technically, Kreacity has it.
All you got to do is create a formula property and add the following:
if(length(prop(“Name”)) > 0, length(replaceAll(prop(“Name”), “[^ ]”, “”)) + 1, 0) // This code will count the spaces and give you the word count instead.
By default, the length() function counts characters.
So the formula above will count the spaces instead.
How To View Notion Word Count (FAQs)
How Many Words Can I Write on a Notion Page?
There isn’t a specific limit to the number of words you can write on a Notion page. You can write as many words as you want.
Can I Use a Third-Party Tool To Check the Word Count in Notion?
You can use a third-party tool like the Word Counter Plus Chrome extension to get the word count of specific highlighted sections in Notion. However, you can only use this on the browser and not the desktop version.
To Sum Up
As much as I would like a native word counter that gives the number on the highlighted text, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon.
But luckily, we can use third-party tools.
Either way, you do at least get the count for the whole page.
Check out my other Notion guides:
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