How to Create a Real time Word Count for text type questions
Note: If you want show a real time character count, View this Reference.

If you need to limit the number of words that a user can input into a Long Text type question, and you'd like to include a word counter, this will let you accomplish this:

1. Put this HTML in your question Help field:
<div class="word-counter">Word Count: <label id="count-label513">0</label>/200</div>

a) Find the questionID for your text question:

b) Below, replace label513 with labelYourQuestionID -- this allows you to support more than one text area per page

2. Under Advanced settings, look for the heading "Script->Javascript for this question" and add:
var limitWord = 200;
$("#answer268778X29X513").keyup(function () {
    $this = $(this);
    var regex = /\s+/gi;
    var wordcount = jQuery.trim($this.val()).replace(regex, ' ').split(' ').length;
    if (wordcount <= limitWord) {
        chars = $this.val().length;
    } else {
        var text = $(this).val();
        var new_text = text.substr(0, chars);
        wordcount --;
In the above script:

a) Replace limitWord = 200 to your own word limit value
b) Replace answer268778X29X513 with the question ID (use your browser's Element Inspector to find this). Here's an animation of how to do this:

c) Replace label513 with the value you used in Step #1

3. Under General Options for your question, in the Validation field, enter this reg-ex:


Change 200 to your max number of words

4. Save and then preview and test your question:

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