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If you've ever written a lengthy text, you’ve certainly wanted to know how much you'd actually written so far. This is where statistics come in pretty handy. In Ulysses, access to word count or the number of pages is very easy.

On Mac

If you're working with Ulysses for Mac, simply click the progress icon in the dashboard. It's filled with all sorts of useful information about the sheet such as characters, paragraphs and average words per sentence.


To adjust how many characters fit into one line or how many lines fit into one page, just click the gear icon at the bottom of the progress view to change these settings.

On iOS

You can access your text statistics via the dashboard.

On iPad, tap the progress icon to get an overview over all of the sheet’s statistics.


On iPhone, open the dashboard via the gauge icon (1), then tap Progress section for more detailed statistics (2).

How Long Is My Selected Text?

Ulysses can also tell you the length of only a part of your text.

On Mac, select the text in question and click the Progress icon in the dashboard.


On iPhone, select the text and choose "Statistics..." from the action panel.

The first, colored values apply to your text selection.

On iPad, tap the progress icon in the dashboard and select the text.


Group Statistics

There are also group statistics available.

On Mac, just right-click a group and choose “Statistics…” from the context menu. You can even select several groups or sheets at a time and do the same, letting Ulysses display their combined statistics.

On iOS, swipe right on a group, open its settings and check the statistics in the progress section. Tap the section to view all counters.

Material Sheets and Statistics

Material sheets are for supporting “material” that is not meant to become part of your final text, such as research notes, or character bios for novels. They will automatically be excluded from statistics and export and are easy to recognize thanks to a visual marker in the sheet list.


Here is how to mark a sheet as material:

  • On Mac, select the sheet in the sheet list, right-click it, and choose “Use as Material Sheet”. 
  • On iPhone or iPad, swipe left on a sheet in the sheet list, tap and select this option from the list of available actions.

This article was last updated July 31, 2020.

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