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well my guess would be, if you select the text and instruct it to do a word count and it still ends up counting all the words throughout the document, then i would say that is telling you that this isn't an option
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I gots me an idea!
Do what the other suggested but record it as a macro.
Select a text the press tool >>>>> macros >>>>>>> record macro and do:
press ctrl C
press ctrl N
press ctrl Z
assign it to a key like control shift q or something
now just select a text, press ctrl shift q and voila!