Should I install any plugins or there is build-in way to see the text length? Length in the status line gives me the byte size, not char count.

  • The length value in my notepad++ is definitely character count. Typing1234567890 gives length:10, lines:1. EDIT: Ah, I see it's also counting white space and new lines in that count.
    – Darren
    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:08
  • Yes, spaces is what makes the difference between byte size and char count. It cannot be UTF-8 encoding. Gland to see sombody realizing that whitespace is not a character. Trying the digits proves everything. Jan 17, 2017 at 16:59

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If you double click around 'Length' in status bar, this window will pop up: enter image description here

I hope it is what you looking for.

  • Also, I was looking for a way to find the length of selected characters. The solution is in the same place. Just make a selection and look at "Sel:" in the summary box or at the bottom of the main window in the status bar Sep 10, 2018 at 11:43
  • Thank you for this. What an atrocious user interface; there is literally no indication that one can do this.
    – VGR
    Jul 28, 2021 at 13:38
  • View -> Summary...
    – Omer
    Feb 3 at 6:52

I suggest the TextFX Characters plugin for Notepad++.

1). Install the plugin.

2). Highlight the text you want to count.

3). From the tool bar "TextFX -> TextFX Tools -> Word Count"

It gives the word count, character count, and other information.

I use Notepad++ v8.1.4 (32-bit)

  • I don't know why this got a downvote. Thanks for sharing TextFX! Sep 30, 2021 at 13:22

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