Word Count issue

Hi there! Apologies if this is a really easy thing to do, but I’ve googled and searched and can’t seem to find the answer.

I’m using the newest version of Scrivener (, Oct. 31, 2013) for Windows. I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month and am doing what are called “word wars” to help me get some writing done. In a word war, you write furiously for a set period of time and then you let people with whom you’re writing know how many words you wrote in that period of time. The person with the high number “wins” the war.

I’m pretty sure I used to be able to highlight a section of text in Scrivener and then either look at the status bar at the bottom of the screen or use one of the statistics functions to determine my word count for that text selection. This seems to no longer be possible. Highlighting text doesn’t change the word count at the bottom of my screen, which is the word count for that scene. Looking at the Selection segment within Project Statistics gives me that same number. Text Statistics is also only for that particular scene.

To clarify:

My scene is 637 words long. Assume I highlight a paragraph. I would like to know the count for that highlighted section of text, but Project Statistics and Text Statistics, as well as the status bar at the bottom of the screen, all give me the scene length instead of the length of the highlighted section of text.

How can I find out how many words are in a specific highlighted section of the text?

Thanks so much! :slight_smile:

The word count for the selection is shown at the bottom of the context menu, so just select the text and then right-click to see it. Good luck with NaNo!

Oof, talk about an easy solution. I was so focused on finding a menu option, I didn’t even see the words in the context menu. :unamused:

Thanks so much for your prompt reply and for the well-wishes for NaNoWriMo! :slight_smile: