There is no doubt that the Pages overall a less powerful word processor than Microsoft Word. Especially after the transition to the current version of the software, which "merged" its versions for macOS and iOS, a more limited editor image has been created, preferring to focus on simplicity of use rather than an almost endless catalog of possibilities.
Version 8.2.1 (262 MB) Requires the macOS 10.14 or superior
Version 5.2.1 (479.3 MB) Requires the iOS 12.0 or superior
This idea is not entirely incorrect; Still, some important features go unnoticed by users. Want an example? Pages brings a word counter, characters and other very complete text elements that are just a few clicks / taps away on both Mac, iPhone / iPad and the web. Let's look at how to make the most of it.
In Pages for macOS, the word counter can be enabled by clicking View Show Word Count. A floating window appears at the bottom of the document; You can click it and drag it wherever you want in the window.
On iPhone, you get the same result by tapping the Pages contextual menu (the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen) and enabling the “Word Count” option. Already on iPad, the feature is activated by tapping the preview menu (the window icon in the upper left corner); Just tap the “Word Count” switch to turn it on. Finally, on the web, just click on the same window icon in the view menu and activate the feature.
In all cases, clicking / tapping the right arrows on the word counter will show all your extra options: in addition to counting words, it also displays the number of characters (counting or not spaces) in your text, as well as the amount of paragraphs and pages contained therein. You can select any of these metrics to display in place of the word count.
It is also worth noting that you can make the counter act on only one section of the text: just select the desired part and the tool will only take those characters into account.
Easy, isn't it? 😉 Enjoy!