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

3 Answers 3


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.

  • 1
    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, 2022 at 6:52
  • Not ideal at all, as it does not include line endings and requires additional action. As a developer, I am fine with bytes. As a writer, I'd like to have characters, because for non-English languages bytes are useless.
    – Vladekk
    Oct 10, 2022 at 18:48

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

No plugin is needed.

Just select the text and then look in the status bar below for the letter count.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .