Different Word Count Options
In academia the quotations "" are not counted within the total word count of a submission. Word count on Word does count anything you select but it would be amazing if it could do so with the option of selecting what is within or without quotation marks.
For example if my essay is 2000 words, I'd like to know how many words EXCEPT quotes I have written.
Additionally quotes in any academic work can only account for 10% of the total so it would be helpful to know how many words are ONLY in quotation marks.
Currently, per Word 365, the word count functionality menu (Review-Proofing-Word Count) does provide tick box to exclude/include the count for 'textboxes, footnotes and endnotes'. This is detailed further here (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/show-word-count-3c9e6a11-a04d-43b4-977c-563a0e0d5da3).
However it would still be appreciated if this functionality was developed with other commonly sought count information.
There is also currently the QuickParts-Field functionality to insert the word count into the document (direct on page or into textbox - both ways work) by using the 'NumWords' formula; detailed here (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/use-fields-to-insert-word-count-in-your-document-8696d5ae-25bb-4173-a76f-00f213a2fa63?ui=en-us&rs=en-us&ad=us). Though this is merely providing the total word count, it could also be developed. For example, creating new formula perhaps such as 'NumWordsExcBibliography' to run word count without including bibliography.
The issues however with the current main word count functionality (Review-Proofing-Word Count) also are:
1) This needs to allow individual (not per currently with one to select for all three elements) selection tick boxes for a more concise considered list of document elements including: Cover/first page, Contents page, bibliography/references, footnotes, endnotes, tables, textboxes, and equations.
2) There has been attempts to find ways to decipher the word count excluding in-text citation (https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-exclude-text-from-word-count-in-Microsoft-word-2007); but having to reformat in-text citation to then presume subtracting the difference for ascertaining this is not always certain to work. So again emphasises that this function should already be coded within the application to perform word count with subtraction of citation text.
On related note concerning word count, there is similar current functionality scope/limitations within fellow Office applications; including Excel via using specific formula (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/troubleshoot/excel/formulas-to-count-occurrences-in-excel). However, may be consideration to apply similar basis of word count functionality tool/interface throughout all Office applications as standard.
Microsoft may wish to further consider this in alignment within the Windows OS environment, and possibly add such word count tool which can effectively apply throughout applications - therefore external situ based tool (e.g. via Windows Accessories or similar) that is integrated across all Office apps and suites, and even others including WordPad.
I would also like to be able to exclude the title page, table of contents, bibliography, footnotes, tables, textboxes, and equations, as well as to tell it how many words to count equations as.
Tess Brummer commented
oh my gosh! I wish someone would have thought of this sooner. This would be so helpful to me and probably many other students around the world!