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).
    – JaHei
    Sep 5 '10 at 9:54

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.


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


With the help of online character count tool, you can easily count your characters and words.

Just copy your content and paste on the text-area of this tool and its count characters automatically.

To get most of this tool, install Counting Characters Chrome Extension.

  • Why have you copied previous answer?
    – Toto
    Nov 30 '17 at 17:32
  • @Toto: It is a similar - looking answer, but it points to a different online tool (a different URL). Dec 1 '17 at 0:55

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