Daily word count not accurate (jumps up randomly)

I’ve noticed that a couple times recently, my word count for the day has suddenly gone up several hundred words when I definitely haven’t actually written that many. Unless I’m blacking out and writing words I don’t remember, Scrivener is counting extra words for some reason.

It could be due to a couple of factors :
If the count is dependent of the compiled output and you’ve changed the content to be compiled in the compile panel.
Whether it only counts documents included in compile and you’ve changed that for a document.
If you’ve duplicated a document.
Or copy pasted content.

But first, where do you get your count from ?
The popup or the progress bar in the toolbar ? (Statistics? Project/Session target?)

One thing you should check is if by any chance you have the filter turned on in the compile panel.
That’s the funnel just above the list of documents to include in compile, on the right. You don’t want it to be blue. (Blue means it is turned on, and that’s often cause for a miscount.)

[EDIT] Oh. And Hi. Welcome to the forum. :slight_smile: (Forgive my bad manner, I went straight for the potatoes.)

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This is happening to me, too, but what’s happening in my case is that the manuscript target count keeps “Forgetting” words-- sometimes thousands-- and then when I go into a section that contains some of those “forgotten” words and type anything, suddenly it “remembers” all the words that were missing from the manuscript total. The forgotten word count is very annoying and has freaked me out several times when I open up scrivener and my manuscript target total is thousands of words less than it was the previous day.

This has happened to me, as well. It’s in the Writing History. I have been drafting in the same manuscript folder since beginning the draft. The word count has been accurate until today. Today I drafted over 2K words, but the writing history lists me writing only 700 or so.

Thank you,


Make sure that the documents you worked on today are all included in compile, and that they are also inside your draft/manuscript folder.

Technically, you should get an accurate count, only some of your new words would have been counted toward the “Other” column.
If they are not there either, perhaps then it is because you also deleted some text ?