Checking the word count on Google Slides is essential for keeping your presentations concise. While the program doesn’t offer a direct method for checking word count, there are a number of workarounds.
In this article, we guide you through the steps on how to check the number of words in your Google Slides presentation using a few simple clicks.
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How To See the Word Count on Google Slides by Downloading the Text
This method allows you to check the word count of your Google Slides presentation by saving it as a Plain Text document (.txt) in Notepad.
Note: This word count only includes the text inside the presentation’s text boxes and shapes. Texts within speaker notes are excluded. Additionally, the word count pertains to the entire presentation and not individual slides
Here’s how to determine your Google Slides word count:
- Open your Google Slides presentation.
- Click on “File” at the top of the presentation. A drop-down menu will appear.
- Select “Download.” This will display several file types.
- Choose “Plain Text (txt).” Upon clicking, the Plain Text version of your presentation will be automatically saved in your “Downloads” folder.
- Open your “Downloads” folder and open the Plain Text file.
Note: The file will open in your computer’s Notepad (i.e., TextEdit on Mac).
- Highlight all of the text by pressing the keys Ctrl + A (Windows) or Command + A (Mac).
- Copy the text by pressing Ctrl + C (Windows) or Command + C (Mac). You can also right-click your mouse and select “Copy.”
- Open a blank document using Google Docs, Microsoft Word, or any other word-processing software.
- Paste the copied text into the new document with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V (Windows) or Command + V (Mac). Alternatively, right-click your mouse and choose “Paste.”
- Check the word count in your word processing software.
- Using Microsoft Word, the word count will automatically appear in the lower left corner (next to the page counter).
- In Google Docs, go to “Tools” > “Word Count” to view word and character count.
How To Check the Word Count on Google Slides on Mobile
It isn’t always possible — or convenient — to check the word count in Google Slides using your computer. Mobile phones are convenient, easy-to-use devices for accessing online slideshow apps. However, you’ll first need to download and install the Google Slides app on your phone.
To see how many words you have on Google Slides:
- Open the Google Slides App and access your presentation.
- Tap the three-dot button (⋮), located in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Select “Share and Export.” This action will display multiple options.
- Choose “Save As.”
- Save your slides as a Plain Text (.txt) file.
- Open the saved Plain Text file from your Downloads folder.
- Launch the Google Docs app on your mobile device.
- Tap the plus button (+) in the bottom-right corner.
- Select “New document.”
- Copy and paste the text from your Plain Text (.txt) file.
- Tap the three-dot button (⋮) in the upper-right corner of your screen.
- Select “Word count.”
While Google Slides doesn’t have a built-in word count feature, our simple steps can effectively track your word count on Google Slides — and keep presentations clear, concise, and focused.
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