LIVE WORD COUNT NEEDED.
I'm a professional novelist. This feature is critical. Please bring it back. It's important enough to cause me to move to a different product, after using word for most of my life.
Yes!!! Bring it back! Totally frustrated without it. I have to write on my old computer with Word for Mac 2011.
As of October, 2017, still not seeing an option in the status bar menu to enable Live Word Count. Only a Total Word Count for the document.
That is, Word indicates where the cursor is in terms of pages (133 of 298) but not in terms of words (e.g. 4,231 of 210,000).
For people who work with Word docs for a living, this is critical.
Admins? Anything happening here??
I have found out that "live word count" can mean something different to different people. It is explained well in the following link that "live word count" was a feature in at least one prior version of word that people liked and showed where the current position of the cursor is, in number of words. I misunderstood "DD"s clarification.
I'll leave my prior comment up because I still think it shows what I was thinking of as a "live word count", but is technically just a "word count".
I definitely have a live word count in my version of word (newest 2016). Bottom left of my window. If you don't have it, there is an option to show it. Here's a website that shows what I'm talking about and how to enable it: http://www.addictivetips.com/microsoft-office/adding-information-in-word-2010-status-bar/. Instructions and images are for 2010, but it's the same in 2016. It is not showing where the cursor currently is, but how many words are in the document: moving my cursor doesn't change the count, but adding words anywhere in the document does. Here's a more official link showing the word count and how to get it to show up for 2016: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Show-the-word-count-and-more-825d4ccd-082b-4578-a621-66dfe27cdf48
Neila Young Forssberg commented
PLEASE bring this back!! I have no idea why you would have gotten rid of this feature. As a professional editor, this is a must-have feature. I'm still using Microsoft 2011 because it has live word count and Word 2016 doesn't. Whenever there's an update, I open it to see if live word count is back yet. No such luck.
If people say it's already there, then they don't know what live word count is. It's not!!
Yes!! Please bring this back. Marshall is not right. What "Anonymous" is referring to, I believe, is the word count which shows you where the cursor is located in a document, rather than the total word count of a document. This is a key feature for anybody who writes for a living, as well as students who use Word. I'm on Word for Mac, but it seems this has been done away with altogether. I, too, am thinking of switching products. Mac's Pages still has this feature, and I may finally make the switch if this isn't soon remedied. BIG FAIL, Microsoft.
Marshall's right. This feature works like it always has.
A live word count is available. If the option has disappeared from the status bar, right click on the status bar and select 'word count'. It will then be displayed in the status bar on the bottom left.