Google recently announced Docs will get an important new feature in the coming weeks, which will allow users to see the exact number of words in a document. The so-called “word counter” will be available to all Docs users, not just G Suite customers, starting September 9.
However, since Google has opted for a gradual rollout, it will take up to 15 days for the new feature to be available to everyone using Docs, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t find it right away.
Once the update arrives, you will no longer have to go to Tools / Word Count each time you want to check the number of words in your document. Instead, you will now be able to select Tools / Word count / Display word count while typing.