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Free Online Word Counter Tool

QuillBot’s Word Counter is a free, easy-to-use tool for tracking the word count in your writing.

Our online word count tool provides data for words and lets you simply change whether spaces should be counted as words. It also displays restrictions for social networking platforms with character limits.

What is a word counter?

When you add your text to QuillBot’s Word Counter, our powerful platform instantly performs the mundane task of counting for you, so you can see right where your word
limit is sitting for your project.

So, if you don’t know whether compound words count as
one or two words, save yourself the searching and
let QuillBot be the words calculator.

Trust QuillBot’s expertise to know that hyphenated words only count as one, that accented letters don’t count as two words, and that, usually, spaces do count as a word.

There’s no need to go cross-eyed counting words manually just to make sure you’re hitting your writing benchmarks. Your time is worth more than that—and so is your eyesight.

When to use a Word Counter?

Online word counting tools have a variety of uses, from helping you check your daily writing goals to meeting assignment requirements to creating viral social media posts.

Who needs a word counter?

When counting words, the objective is usually to meet a minimum or a ballpark number, with a few exceptions. Below are some use cases where a word counter would be needed:


Often, in school or at a university, students will be asked to write a short response to a question or a longer essay. These can range from 250 words to thousands of words.

Besides assignments, students applying for college and graduate school admissions will usually have a target word count for their application essays. Because of the large volume of applications each school receives, maximum word count limitations are usually imposed as well.

For example, a student may be asked for a ~1,000-word personal statement, but the fine print will note a hard limit of 2,000 words.


Daily writing goals are important for a serious writer, even at the hobby level. Those looking to make writing a habit or hone their skills often choose to set a daily word count goal, like Neil Gaiman’s 50-words-per-day habit that, slowly but surely, helped him pen Coraline.

Job Seekers:

When crafting cover letters or completing case studies for job applications, meeting a target word count is sometimes required. For example, an applicant may be asked to write a 1,500-word report on a case study to show their knowledge of the market.

Students, Educators, and Researchers:

Research abstracts are one exception where the word count has a strict maximum that is typically difficult to achieve since abstracts often need to summarize years of research into ~300 words.

Another exception where word count maximums are typically used is in grant and scholarship writing. It can be hard for students, educators, and researchers to outline a proposed project or describe their experiences and goals when they have to stick to such strict word limits.

Using a word count tool during the drafting process can help with keeping your writing on track so that, when you begin editing, you aren’t trying to cut an essay in half or add another 1,000 words.

How to use the Word Counter?

To use QuillBot’s free online word counter tool, just type or paste in your text, and QuillBot’s Word Counter will instantly calculate the number of words.

When you’re done working on a section of text, use the trash can icon in the top right corner to clear the window for a clean slate.

If you’ve changed or refined the input text to meet a target word count, you can easily download it or copy the updated text to your clipboard using the icons in the bottom right corner.

How is QuillBot’s Word Counter different from other word counters online?

QuillBot’s tool will soon become your favorite word count checker for at least one of the following reasons:

See everything you need (and more) at once

The word and character counts are displayed side-by-side, so whether you’re reviewing one or both for your project, there’s no extra clicking, hovering, or changing tabs to see one count or the other.

Plus, you can also see the word count for optimised Facebook posts (250 characters) and the hard limit for Twitter posts (280 characters) displayed right on the page in the bottom right-hand corner.

There’s no clutter.

QuillBot’s Word Counter has a clean, intuitive, and clutter-free interface. You won’t be bothered by pop-ups or noisy ads, and it’s still free.

It’s more than just a word counter.

You might come to QuillBot for the free online word counter, but once you’re here, we bet you’ll stay because of all of the other productivity-enhancing features that our platform offers.

The QuillBot platform has a whole assortment of writing and research tools available for free, like...

  • A state-of-the-art Paraphraser to help you easily articulate your thoughts

  • A Grammar Checker that is robust enough to catch errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, word use, formatting, and mistakes related to English fluency

  • An instant text Summarizer to help you quickly review papers or articles, compare and contrast possible sources, and check your reading comprehension

  • A frustration-free Citation Generator that supports MLA, APA, and Chicago Style citation formats in one click

  • An AI-powered QuillBot Flow that lets you complete your entire writing workflow without ever opening another app—research, compose, refine, edit, cite, and check for writing mistakes all in one place

  • And, of course, a Word Count Checker