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How do I Get Word Count for a Paragraph Style in a Large Document

Community Beginner ,
Jan 25, 2023 Jan 25, 2023

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I have 9 paragraph styles used in a 750-page document and need to know how many words are used for each style.

 

How do I do this?

 

Thanks.

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Jan 25, 2023 Jan 25, 2023

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You can use Find/Change

 

In the GREP tab type in something like

\w+?

 

Change to

$0

 

Find Format

(select the empty box by clicking inside it - then select the paragraph style)

 

Change all

 

And it should give a word count for you.

 

Come to think about it - it was asked before here


There's more how-to's there with more indepth GREPs

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/how-can-i-find-the-total-word-count-in-my-entire...

 

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Jan 25, 2023 Jan 25, 2023

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Doesn't look it works - I've done the first three paragraph styles, and together they already add up to more words than are in the document. They should add up to about a third of the words.

 

I first did paragraph style 1, and I get a dialogue box that says "Search is completed. 33802 replacements made". I close that and it brings me back to the main Find/Change dialogue box. They I do the same paragraph style 2, and it returns 56204, then 250307 for paragraph style 3. But there are only 255,000 words in the document and I have 6 other paragraph style to check (all 9 have about the same amount of words each).

 

Hmmm ...

 

I'll check out the link you provided. Thanks

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Jan 25, 2023 Jan 25, 2023

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Make an InCopy story of it, and open it in InCopy. There are panels for this function.

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