Hi AppleVis Community,
I do a lot of writing and reading and word count is very important to me. TextEdit does not show the word count, and the feature on Pages is available yet it does seem to me very confusing if compared to TextEdit.
So here's a script for TextEdit to show the word count. The only thing to do is to copy the script and paste it in /Library/Scripts.
Before you can have the word count shown in TextEdit, you'll need to enable showing Apple Script icon in the Extras Menu. So open Applications with CMD+Shift+A and then navigate to Utilities and Script Editor. Open preferences and check the options that says "Show Script menu in menu bar'.