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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?

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The word count window shows character count as well (Word 2007). –  Mikael E Sep 5 '10 at 9:54
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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.

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In Word 2003 you need to go to Tools > Word Count and the Word Count window then appears.

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Hope that helps.

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Another easy way to count characters in a word (or any other document) is to copy and paste it into an online character counter tool like http://www.charactercountonline.com

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