Word Count in Vim

April 13, 2016   

Vim has a built in shortcut for counting words. To see the word count for the whole buffer type:

g<CTRL-g>

You will see something like:

Col 11 of 54; Line 12 of 24; Word 39 of 68; Byte 360 of 727

Meaning we are currently at word 39 and the whole buffer contains 68 words.

To see the word count for a selection, first select and type the same shortcut g<CTRL-g> the result should look something like this:

Selected 7 of 24 Lines; 23 of 68 Words; 234 of 727 Bytes

in this case I have selected 23 words.


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