Tips & Tricks

Getting More Out of Your Text Statistics

| By Rebekka

If you've ever written a longer text, you certainly wanted to know how much you've 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 gauge icon on the top right or hit ⌘7 (command-7) to open the Statistics popover. It's filled with all sorts of useful information about the current sheet:

Screenshot of the statistics popover in Ulysses for Mac. The displayed metrics are “Characters”, “Without Spaces”, “Words”, “Sentences”, “Paragraphs”, “Pages”, “Slow”, “Average”, “Fast” and “Aloud”. The last four metrics represent the reading time.

However, what if you want to know the average number of words per sentence? How is the number of pages actually calculated? For this, you need to switch to the settings view of the Statistics popover. Simply drag it at its edges to detach it from the main window. Then, click the small gear button at the top right to reveal the settings view:

Screenshot of the detached statistics popover in Ulysses for Mac. Previously hidden metrics are “Words/Sentence” and “Lines”.

Here, you can enable (or disable) any metric you want. Don't want to see a sentence count? Simply untick the corresponding checkmark. You can also adjust how many characters fit into one line (or how many lines fit into one page). Just click the corresponding numbers at the bottom to change these settings. Click the gear button again to save your settings - and you're done! If you want, you can leave the statistics popover open for live update while you're writing.

On iOS

On iPad or iPhone, you can access your text statistics in the bottom left corner of the editor. Per default, the number of characters of your current sheet is displayed here. Simply tap this number to reveal the statistics bar.

Screenshot of the statistics bar in Ulysses for iPad

Screenshot of the expanded statistics bar in Ulysses for iPad

The statistics to choose from are the same as on the Mac. If you want, you can choose another counter for permanent display (the blue selection). Tap the gear icon on the right hand side to see other metrics and manage which ones are displayed.

On iPad, you can also show the statistics bar by tapping the gauge icon in the button row:

Screenshot of an iPad’s shortcut bar. Ulysses’ statistics icon is selected, showing the expanded statistics bar above.

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, tap "Detail", and check its statistics in the progress section. For displaying the combined statistics of various sheets, tap "Select" in the sheet list, and mark the sheets in question. The statistics counter will appear at the top of the sheet list.

Getting More Out of Your Text Statistics

Ulysses offers comprehensive, fully-customizable text statistics.