I'm new to Sublime Text (using ST3) and I've managed to install the SublimeText/WordCount package via Package Control.

https://github.com/SublimeText/WordCount/blob/st3/readme.md lists enable_count_chars as a preference that I can set to 'true'.

But I have no clue how to do that. Yes yes, I've tried googling it, but I'm having no luck finding it and I'm sure someone knows exactly how to do it :)

  1. Select Preferences → Package Settings → Word Count
  2. Select either Settings - Default or Settings - User
  3. In the word-count–settings file that is opened, enter your Word Count settings
  4. Save

On a Mac, you'll need to copy and paste the settings from Settings - Default to Settings - User and edit from there.

Screenshot of Word Count settings in SublimeText

  • [On a Mac,] you'll need to copy and paste the settings from Settings - Default to Settings - User and edit from there. …or just pick Settings - User in the first place. – Synetech Mar 14 '14 at 16:44
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    Hi Synetech. Actually, on a fresh install of ST3 and WordCount package on a Mac, the Settings - User page was blank, and Settings - Default was locked/uneditable. So, there is a need to copy the latter settings page to make up your own one. Thanks for the help! – iceequal Mar 15 '14 at 3:31
  • Hmm, when I do this (on a Mac) it works for approximately one second after saving the Settings - User file, then reverts to the default behaviour. Any idea why? (I'll post a separate question if not.) – Nathaniel Oct 5 '17 at 4:45
  • Why on Earth is my button for Package settings missing, below is the image of the preference menu items I can see... <IMG>i.pinimg.com/564x/60/8e/67/608e67e8b703995cf76c15c15423c2ea.jpg </IMG> god I miss ST2 – hello_there_andy Dec 31 '18 at 1:48

You just need to select the text that you want to count its words, characters or lines and then read the information shown on the status bar at the bottom.

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    Note that in Sublime Text 3 this only works when the find/replace UI is closed (very annoying!). – Josh May 10 '18 at 19:56

Select all characters with Cmd+A Ctrl+A

Look at bottom left corner

left corner screenshot:

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