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I know it is possible to add a word count field (NUMCOUNT) to a document to create a dynamic word count, but is it possible to limit the word count to only a section of the document?

I need a solution which does not use Macros/VBA.

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    There is no per-section Word count field. The only way I could imagine doing this without VBA etc. would be to have each section in a separate file with a { NUMWORDS }, update each of those fields and lock the result, then combine the sections. And that would probably require a macro to do it reliably... – user181946 Nov 5 '15 at 19:32
  • Considering how far the Office suite has developed it surprises me that some features are still quite basic. – Jonny Wright Nov 6 '15 at 0:03
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    Yes, fields have seen very little development (except in the sense that there are now also content controls, but they are not treated equally across the various platforms). IMO it would not have taken much to have a "bookmark" parameter for the { NUMWORDS } field, for example - how many words 'covered' by bookmark "abc". I always had the impression that the Word dev. people thought VBA coding could and would replace all that stuff (which of course, it can't) but who knows? – user181946 Nov 7 '15 at 10:23
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    FWIW, you can subtract a constant from NUMWORDS if the word count outside the section of interest isn't changing. E.g., { = { NUMWORDS } - 8 }. Use Ctrl+F9 to produce braces, not Shift+[. – Nick Stauner Jan 8 '17 at 3:10
  • Here's a hacky solution: superuser.com/a/188471/156700 – JohnLBevan Jan 23 at 19:38

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