How To Do Word Count On Google Slides

Google Slides is a powerful tool for creating presentations. However, a common question amongst users is how to perform a word count in Google Slides, as there is no built-in functionality for this. This blog post will guide you through the steps on how to do a word count on Google Slides.

Copy and Paste Method

The quickest and easiest way to get a word count from your Google Slides presentation is to use the copy and paste method. Here are the steps:

  1. Select all the text in your Google Slides presentation. This can be done by clicking and dragging your cursor over the text.
  2. Once all your text is highlighted, copy it. You can do this by either right-clicking and selecting Copy, or by pressing Ctrl+C on your keyboard.
  3. Open a new Google Doc. You can do this by going to your Google Drive, clicking on New, and then selecting Google Docs.
  4. Paste your copied text into the new Google Doc. This can be done by either right-clicking and selecting Paste, or by pressing Ctrl+V on your keyboard.
  5. Finally, to get your word count, go to Tools in the menu bar and select Word count.

Using Google Apps Script

If you find yourself needing to conduct a word count on Google Slides regularly, you might find it beneficial to use Google Apps Script to automate the process. Here’s a simple script that you can use:

    function wordCount() {
        var slide = SlidesApp.getActivePresentation().getSlides();
        var count = 0;
        for (var i = 0; i < slide.length; i++) {
            var shapes = slide[i].getShapes();
            for (var j = 0; j < shapes.length; j++) {
                if (shapes[j].getText) {
                    count += shapes[j].getText().asString().split(' ').length;
        Logger.log('Word count: ' + count);

To use this script, you need to open your Google Slides presentation, click on Extensions in the menu bar, select Apps Script, paste the script into the script editor, and then click on the play button to run the script.

The word count will then be displayed in the log, which can be accessed by clicking on View in the menu bar and selecting Logs.


Until Google introduces a built-in word count tool for Google Slides, these are your best options for conducting a word count. Keep in mind that both methods will count every word, including those in slide titles and speaker notes. Happy presenting!