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Overview
Word counter with powerful capabilities. Obtain detailed word count with the possibility of omitting text between parenthesis, tables, certain text and even set targets for motivation.
Word Counter Max for Google Docs is a totally free add-on that I wrote to display the live word count of the current document even for lengthy documents of 5000 words or more. Unlike the default word counter, you will be able to set exclusions to ignore certain text and you can generate detailed reports for your document. There's more, whether you need to hit a minimum word count or reduce your word count to be within the limit for your assignment, you can set targets for that. This word counter should be relatively accurate though there may be slight discrepancies since every word counter considers what should be a word differently. Do write in if there are major errors or bugs.

Available exclusions
▪︎Text between parenthesis
▪︎Text between brackets
▪︎Text in tables
▪︎Text with paragraph styles
eg. "Title",  "Subtitle", "Header1",  "Header2", etc
▪︎Text in paragraphs starting with x.x eg. "1.2 Introduction into" or "1.5.3 My header"
▪︎Everything after and including the paragraph starting with Keyword
▪︎Text in paragraphs starting with Keyword
eg. "Content Page",  "Chapter", "Figure", etc

Advanced options
▪︎Count words until cursor*
▪︎Count words within selection*
▪︎Count footnotes*

Generate word report
▪︎ Analyses your document and provides a detailed breakdown of word count by chapter or subchapter through the use of paragraph styles.

Display modes
▪︎Full
▪︎Minimal
▪︎Barebones Floating

Future
▪︎More features
▪︎Better handling of lone symbols

Tips
▪︎If it does not load, check if you're using multiple accounts, in that case, you can log out of all accounts or use incognito mode. For Chrome users, problems may also arise if you are not using your primary account. Unfortunately, this is a problem on google's side and I can't directly fix it.
▪︎If you're using the addon for long periods, you may want to check the slow update box to ensure that you don't hit the maximum quota.
▪︎For error reporting, try to include console log or any error messages.

Note
▪︎There will not be support for tracking word count over time.

Changelog
▪︎V6.1 Bugfixes (core counting method table)
▪︎V6.0 Major update to core counting method and bugfixes
▪︎V5.1 Improved word report interface
▪︎V5.0 Generate word report now shows words that were excluded. Added option to disable exclusion of table of contents. Added option to exclude double quotes. Added option to make counting algorithm more similar to Google Docs behaviour.
▪︎V4.1 New setup menu for new users
▪︎V4.0 Reading time estimate and input validation
▪︎V3.13 Bugfixes (Footnotes & Logo)
▪︎V3.12 Bugfixes
▪︎V3.11 Count words within selection
▪︎V3.10 Styling improvements
▪︎V3.9 Barebones floating mode
▪︎V3.8 New splash screen 
▪︎V3.7 Stability improvements and bugfixes
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Ellie Broadie
May 1, 2021
This app is very useful, however, when I enter it and then get off, I can no longer type. This minor issue messes the whole thing up for me. That is why I gave it 2 stars. If this minor detail was fixed, then I would be completely happy with this installment.
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HX 03
May 2, 2021
This is a strange issue, it would be helpful to know which display mode you use Full, Minimal or Barebones Floating. Does this only occur if you use the addon?
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Adrian Carrots
April 29, 2021
This seems to be working pretty well. Moving the "barebones" option is very annoying but possible - click and drag from where it says "Word Count" and it should move.
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Sam Ross
April 23, 2021
Very nicely implemented, big improvement over the built in counter. Is it possible to add the ability to show a word count for text that has been selected?
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HX 03
May 9, 2021
Check "Count words within selection".
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Laura Jenkins
April 11, 2021
Incredibly useful and makes the act of writing reports for university way less annoying. The dev is also really quick to work on feedback. I literally gave feedback before going to sleep and saw that the feature was added by the morning, which really helps.
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HX 03
April 11, 2021
Thanks for your suggestion, you can now exclude double quotes. I have also upgraded the word report generation tool so that you can see what's being excluded.
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HX 03
April 11, 2021
Excluding single quotes will be a bit tricky though.
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Juliacarp Scasnotious
April 7, 2021
I really like this! I use for almost all the time I am writing. I like the fact that with the smallest size, I can move it all around the document. I also like how I can change what does and doesn't count in terms of the word count. Definitely going to continue using it.
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HX 03
April 10, 2021
Thanks for your review! We're glad to hear you're enjoying this addon.
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Ruoqi Li
March 31, 2021
Can you tell me why I wrote 206 words and it said Oh!You just wrote 179 words!
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Luke Walker
March 29, 2021
It is not working!
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Loke Rivano Wängelin
March 7, 2021
I like that it sits on the left and updates live so I don't have to call it up. WHat I'm really looking for is a tool that can make a words per chapter overview, to get a feel of how conistent my chapters are in length.
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Loke Rivano Wängelin
March 20, 2021
that's exactly what I meant, thanks!
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HX 03
March 13, 2021
This feature can be accessed through the “Generate report” button. The chapters are determined by the paragraph style attribute which can be independent of font size, etc.
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James Allegretti
March 4, 2021
it's quite useful but there is one small issue and that is that it's about 200 words off when compared to the actual Google Docs word counter.
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Loke Rivano Wängelin
March 7, 2021
Did you check your settings? I turned all exeptions off and it differs one word in almost 15000
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Mark Farrar
March 2, 2021
I installed this to replace another word counter I've been using which still works but which is no longer supported. Your add-on seems to be very flexible in terms of the options, and I like that you can display full details or just minimal ones, depending on your needs. There is one addition I'd love - a reading time estimator, using a configurable words read per minute input, so you can quickly see how long it would take to read the text.
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HX 03
March 5, 2021
Thanks for your suggestion, this feature has been implemented in the latest version.
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