word count in Text Edit

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  1. skeeter08 macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Maybe it's just me but I've looked all over to find a word count in Text Edit. Can anyone point me in the right direction. Text Edit Version 1.5 (244) Thanks in advance.
     
  2. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Bundles > Text > Statistics for (selection or document, depending on what's highlighted).

    Or Control + Shift + N.


    :)
     
  3. Ashka macrumors 6502a

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    #3
    TextEdit can do many things but I don't believe work count is one of them.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Just open Terminal, navigate to the directory the file is in, and type

    wc -w <file name>

    Should output something like:

    838 <file name>

    which means it has 838 strings (words).
     
  5. mogzieee macrumors 6502a

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    #5
    Sorry, don't think there's a way.

    I just copy/paste into Pages or Word and use their word count.
     
  6. Chamberlin22 macrumors newbie

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    #6
    Go to Spotlight and type in AppleScript Editor
    open it
    type exactly this

    tell application "TextEdit"
    count words of document 1
    end tell

    then click run
    there ya go
     
  7. SamEllens macrumors newbie

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    #8
    It's great that they have provided this feature, but why does it have to be so stupid to access?

    "It just works" eh?
     
  8. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

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    Try TextWrangler instead. It's free and full featured text editor. Great for programmers too.

    Text statistics will appear in the status bar at the bottom of the window. Char count / Word count, plus other info I'm not familiar with.
    You can also Get Info on the document you are editing by using the menu.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  10. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    #11
    I love iA Writer, it has a beautiful minimalist interface. It has a full screen mode as well as a one sentence focus mode. The App has complete iCloud integration and providing full sync support with a companion iPad App. The App has mark down support as well, so great for drafting blog posts.

    iA Writer.png
     
  11. ixodes macrumors 601

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    Text Wrangler is excellent. Fast & stable.
     
  12. bobsbarricades macrumors regular

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    #13
    how do I turn that apple script into a service or something that will show up in my textedit app bar or something.
     
  13. therationalist macrumors regular

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    #14
    Wow..ran into the same problem recently. Found a better one with frequency calculator built in.

    Word count
     

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