ProZ.com global directory of translation services
 The translation workplace
Ideas

 
Pages in topic:   [1 2] >
User
Thread poster: xxxPFB
Word count in PowerPoint documents
xxxPFB  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:52
English to French
+ ...
Sep 10, 2005

Hello

(I hope this is the right forum...)

I know how to count words in a Word document, but I am unable to do that with PowerPoint documents (I had to download a free, 30-day evaluation software to be able to quote a translation).

Could someone please help?

Thank you.

[Edited at 2005-09-10 12:14]


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:52
English to Italian
solution... Sep 10, 2005

go to File > Properties > Statistics.

HTH,

Giovanni


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Evert DELOOF-SYS  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 12:52
Member
English to Dutch
+ ...
Enter 'word count' in the Search box - Practiline is certainly worth considering Sep 10, 2005

Did you search previous postings already?
You may want to enter e.g. 'word count' in the Search box on this page.

Practicount is a very handy tool. Read more at www.practiline.com


Good luck!


Direct link Reply with quote
 
xxxPFB  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:52
English to French
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
Thanks ! Sep 10, 2005

So obvious, and yet...

For my defence, I'll only say I wish they'd applied to PP the same thing as in Word, ie Tools, then Word Count.

Anyway, thanks very much!


Direct link Reply with quote
 
xxxPFB  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:52
English to French
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
Thanks, Evert Sep 10, 2005


Evert DELOOF-SYS wrote:

Did you search previous postings already?
You may want to enter e.g. 'word count' in the Search box on this page.

Practicount is a very handy tool. Read more at www.practiline.com


Good luck!




Thanks, Evert - I've just downloaded the evaluation version (looks good for pdf docs!)


Direct link Reply with quote
 
xxxIanW
Local time: 12:52
German to English
+ ...
Trados / PDFs Sep 11, 2005

There are two other options:

(1) If you have Trados, you can export the text with T-Window for PowerPoint
(2) If you can convert your PPT into a PDF, then you can copy the text into Word and count the lines there (also useful for spell-checking).


Direct link Reply with quote
 
xxxPFB  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:52
English to French
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
Thanks, Ian - I'm not great at Trados either! - still learning... Sep 11, 2005


Ian Winick wrote:

There are two other options:

(1) If you have Trados, you can export the text with T-Window for PowerPoint
(2) If you can convert your PPT into a PDF, then you can copy the text into Word and count the lines there (also useful for spell-checking).


Direct link Reply with quote
 
Finn Skovgaard  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:52
English to Danish
+ ...
MS has hidden this well Dec 1, 2006

>go to File > Properties > Statistics.

Thanks. Why make it obvious if it can be hidden in some obscure menu and impossible to find in PowerPoint help?


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Tony M  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 12:52
Member
French to English
+ ...
Works in Word too! Dec 1, 2006


Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL wrote:

go to File > Properties > Statistics.


Note that this is ALSO available in Word (in addition to the usual Tools.. route)

I don't know why, but SOMEtimes it doesn't seem to work properly.

It is also useful, as it gives a count of 'editing time', so you can tell how long you've spent on a given doc.; again, though, for some unknown reason, this SOMEtimes doesn't appear to work.

Also, be wary of Word wordcounts; I had an embarrassing instance of this the other day, where counting the same text in 2 different formats yielded wordcounts adrift by 50%!!!



[Edited at 2006-12-01 16:57]


Direct link Reply with quote
 
Marc Glinert
Local time: 12:52
English to French
+ ...
Fr version Dec 6, 2006

[quote]Finn Skovgaard wrote:

>go to File > Properties > Statistics.


Résumé if you are running the Fr version


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Péter Tófalvi  Identity Verified
Hungary
Local time: 12:52
Partial member
English to Hungarian
+ ...
well, File statistics and properties Oct 19, 2007

will only show you de word count.

If you want to see the character count, use this macro:
http://web.ticino.com/multilingual/powerpoint_macros_for_translators.htm


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Frank Robledano
Local time: 12:52
English to Spanish
+ ...
Update for Office 2007... Apr 21, 2009

I see this thread is pretty old, but it comes up first on Google if you do a search for "powerpoint word count". I figured I'd help out by letting folks know how to get to the same info if they're using one of them newfangled computers (with Office 2007).

Click on the stupid OFFICE BUTTON
Scroll down to PREPARE until the "prepare" menu pops up on the right.
Click on PROPERTIES
This pops up a context menu with a bunch of fields. You don't care about any of them. There's a pulldown on the left that says DOCUMENT PROPERTIES. Click on it and select ADVANCED PROPERTIES.
From the content menu that pops up, select the STATISTICS tab.

There's your word count.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Tony M  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 12:52
Member
French to English
+ ...
Werecat Apr 21, 2009

I've become a great fan of Wercat, and using it to extract PPT text to Word enables you to then perform all the usual manipulations like word / character counts etc.

Do be wary, though, of the amount of text that can sometimes be 'hidden' within graphic elements in PPT; I nearly came adrift by about 25% the other day, because of some graphic-embedded text that even Werecat wasn't able to extract.


Direct link Reply with quote
 
Ryan Ginstrom
Local time: 19:52
Japanese to English
PowerPoint 2007 still broken Apr 23, 2009


Frank Robledano wrote:
There's your word count.


Unfortunately, the word-counting algorithm in PowerPoint 2007 is still broken, counting punctuation as words.

For this sentence:
I am a cat.

It gives the word count: 5

For the following two lines (in separate text boxes)
I am a cat.
(really!)

It gives the word count: 8

Which is probably good for you if you bill by the output word, but so great if you want to get consistent word counts between PowerPoint and Word.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

GregSmith
Local time: 12:52
French to English
+ ...
Huge word count discrepancies Apr 27, 2009

Thanks Frank for the Office 2007 wordcount roadmap. It seems Office 2007 is the most unintuitive so-called "update" I've ever come across! And you have to pay to have it displayed in 2003 format. All the better for OpenOffice.

As for the PPT wordcounts, I've just done one that literally gives me HALF the total I get by copy-pasting to Word. Rather infuriating as I've just explained how to find the wordcount in PPT to my client!


Direct link Reply with quote
 
Pages in topic:   [1 2] >


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

Moderator(s) of this forum
Maya Gorgoshidze[Call to this topic]
Mark Thompson[Call to this topic]
Prachya Mruetusatorn[Call to this topic]

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

Word count in PowerPoint documents






memoQ translator pro 2013
ProZ.com members receive a 20% discount on memoQ

memoQ is a tool from translators to translators: no matter whether your clients give you files in the original file formats or supply you with project packages in other translation tools, you can use memoQ to guarantee timely delivery, high productivity a

More info »
SDL Trados Studio 2014 Starter Edition
Translation software for only €99 per year

The Starter Edition is an affordable but scaled down version of the industry’s leading translation software, SDL Trados Studio 2014 Freelance. It enables translators to join the largest supply chain at a reduced price.

More info »