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How do I get a word count for a PDF doc or for a selected passage?

Community Beginner ,
May 01, 2015 May 01, 2015

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How do I get a word count for a PDF doc or for a selected passage?

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LEGEND ,
May 01, 2015 May 01, 2015

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Select text, copy into Word, use Word's Properties.

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That's the only way? Not so convenient with a long doc. Oh well. Thanks.

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Community Expert ,
May 01, 2015 May 01, 2015

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It can be done within Acrobat, but it requires a script. And it's more complicated with a passage. Basically that can't be done directly. You'll need to first do something like highlight the text using the Highlight commenting tool before a script could count the number of words in it.

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You could export to Word if it's many pages.

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May 01, 2015 May 01, 2015

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Thank you all--this is very helpful.

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Feb 28, 2016 Feb 28, 2016

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There is automated tool, which handles pdf word count. It can even count PDFs with scanned images using built-in OCR engine.

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New Here ,
Sep 10, 2012 Sep 10, 2012

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Does/can Adobe Reader have a feature that provides automatic word counts for documents? Translators need such numbers (actually, several metrics can be used, not just raw word count) as the primary basis for their fees.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 10, 2012 Sep 10, 2012

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I've never heard of translators being able to do their work successfully with PDFs alone, still less with Adobe Reader.

They are probably working in Word or FrameMaker, and these do have word counts.

If someone other than the translator needs a word count and has only the final PDF, perhaps the best option is to copy and paste to Word for counting metrics.

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New Here ,
Nov 05, 2022 Nov 05, 2022

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Some translators unfortunately receive source documents in PDF in spite of protests to those customers.  At present I am looking at the PDF of a book of more than 250 pages and have no easy way to do a word count to confirm a quote for translation.  It frankly sucks to have to do a very messy copy/paste to another application just to do a word count. The addition of a simple word count tool for  Adobe Reader would be appreciated by many.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 10, 2012 Sep 10, 2012

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Adobe Reader does not provide a word count feature, but you could use the online counter http://felix-cat.com/tools/wordcount/

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Sep 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022

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link is now dead (404)

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New Here ,
Oct 06, 2015 Oct 06, 2015

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I just had this issue in a PDF...

I actually hit "select all" (control A), "copy" (control C), then opened a Word doc.

In Word doc, I hit "paste" (control v)

In Word doc, under "review" hit "word count"

hope this helps

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New Here ,
May 20, 2017 May 20, 2017

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Good answer presuming you have Word.

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LEGEND ,
May 20, 2017 May 20, 2017

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Never heard of a translator who didn't have Word.

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Nov 05, 2022 Nov 05, 2022

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There are many translators who don't use MS Word.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 06, 2017 Nov 06, 2017

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You can use AnyCount PDF Word Count tool It can count words in Adobe PDF even without Acrobat Reader installed! Plus it counts words and characters in 37 more formats.

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Sep 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022

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does anyone know of a tool that doesn't cost $15/month/user?

 

yes, they have a free online tool, but if I can copy/paste into their web form, I can paste into Word and get the same count

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Nov 07, 2021 Nov 07, 2021

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Does/can Adobe Reader have a feature that provides automatic word counts for documents? Translators need such numbers (actually, several metrics can be used, not just raw word count) as the primary basis for their fees.


By @Nachal_nik


WHY WOULD ADOBE NOT ICLUDE SOMETHING SO BASIC?   They've been failing a lot lately with me.  There's no Premier Rush for android.  You can't make AR filters for facebook and instagram with their Aero.  You can't make multiple copies of your work in Spark open at the same time, etc etc etc etc .   What's going on adobe?

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New Here ,
Mar 05, 2017 Mar 05, 2017

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I'd like to know how to get a word count on a PDF document? Also, how do I highlight an entire file (so I can copy it onto Word which gives me a word count) without highlighting the first line and scrolling down line by line. Email is:(Email Address removed by Moderator).

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Community Expert ,
Mar 05, 2017 Mar 05, 2017

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Reader doesn't have a word count feature.

Edit > Select all to highlight the text.

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New Here ,
Mar 05, 2017 Mar 05, 2017

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Where do I find "Edit" and "Select all"

In a message dated 3/5/2017 8:44:34 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time,

forums_noreply@adobe.com writes:

Word count on Adobe

created by BarbBinder (https://forums.adobe.com/people/BarbBinder) in

Acrobat Reader - View the full discussion

(https://forums.adobe.com/message/9372213#9372213)

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Community Expert ,
Mar 05, 2017 Mar 05, 2017

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If you can't see the menus, press Escape.

You can can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl A.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 05, 2017 Mar 05, 2017

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It's a menu like in almost every app.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 06, 2017 Mar 06, 2017

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I've developed a tool that allows you to do it directly in Acrobat (or Reader) and it is free. You can get it here: Custom-made Adobe Scripts: Reader -- Word Count (FREE)

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