well I looked at the similar Qs but they were all about counting words not characters, is there a way to do this? or if not Are there any plug-ins for this purpose?
In Word 2010 and 2007, to get to the word count window you click on "Words: ###" At the bottom of every document.
This Window then shows you the various word and character counts.
This can also be found under the 'Review' tab.
In Word 2003 you need to go to Tools > Word Count and the Word Count window then appears.
Hope that helps.