How to Count Words Easily on Mac; count words anywhere you can select


Do you ever want to count the number of words in a text on your Mac?

Here’s an Automator Workflow to do just that.

This script is available from the context menu as a Mac Services menu, so you can count words anywhere you can select a string.


  • No copy needed. Only select and run to get the result.
  • Assign a keyboard shortcut as you like.
  • Auto-shut off the Word Count result window.

Download and Install

  • 1.
    Download Script

    Click the download button below and save the Workflow on your Mac.

  • 2.
    Install this Workflow to your Mac

    Double-click the workflow file to install.

To setup keyboard shortcut

You can map any keyboard shortcut as you like.

Setup Keyboard Shortcut
  • 1.

    Open System Preferences and go to the Keyboard Setting.
    Then select Services in the Shortcuts tab.

    System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Services

  • 2.

    Select “Word Count” and click (or double-click) the blank area on the right.
    Now push down the keys you want to use as a shortcut.

How to use

  • 1.
    Select String

    Select the text you want to know how many words are in.
  • 2-a.
    Via Context Menu

    Use it from context menu “services”.
    Control-click (or two-finger tap) to invoke the context menu and select “Word Count” from “services”.


  • 2-b.
    Use Shortcut Keys

    Strike the shortcut key you’ve been assigned.

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