Whether you’re drafting your next TED Talk or preparing a presentation for schoolwork, keeping tabs on your word count can be critical. It helps you manage your content within the time constraint you may have. Unfortunately, Google Slides, as of now, doesn’t provide a built-in way to check the word count directly. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this post, we will guide you on how to check the word count on Google Slides using a simple workaround.
Method: Using Google Docs
This method involves copying your text from Google Slides and pasting it into a Google Docs document to get the word count. Let’s break down the process:
Step 1: Select and Copy all the text in your Google Slides
Navigate to your Google Slides document. On each slide, click and drag your cursor to select all the text. Once selected, right click and then click ‘Copy’ or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C (for Windows) or Cmd+C (for Mac).
Step 2: Open a New Google Docs Document
Go to Google Docs and create a new document. You can do this by navigating to the Google Docs homepage, then clicking on the ‘+ New Document’ button.
Step 3: Paste the Copied Text
In your new Google Docs document, paste the text you copied from Google Slides. You can do this by right clicking and selecting ‘Paste’ or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V (for Windows) or Cmd+V (for Mac).
Step 4: Check the Word Count
To check the word count in Google Docs, navigate to the toolbar at the top of the page. Click on ‘Tools’ then select ‘Word count’ from the dropdown menu. A box will appear showing the number of pages, words, characters (without spaces), and characters (with spaces). You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+C (for Windows) or Cmd+Shift+C (for Mac) to open the ‘Word count’ box.
While it’s not as straightforward as it could be, it’s relatively easy to check the word count of your Google Slides using Google Docs. We hope Google will implement this feature directly into Google Slides in the future, but until then, this workaround will do the job just fine.
Now that you know how to check word count in Google Slides, you can better manage your presentation’s length and content. Happy presenting!