How to know your document character count in Word 2010 and 2013?

Here’s an email we got from one reader today:

I am doing my Bsc in History and English. Usually, lecturers pose limits on a length on an essay by defining a maximum number of words. This semester we have a lecturer, who is very particular about limiting the number of characters in an essay we should be handing over next week. Is there a way to count the number of letters in a Word document?

Well, that’s a tough situation :-) , but luckily there is a way to accomplish your need. Proceed as following:

  • Open Microsoft Word
  • Start writing your document
  • Navigate to the Review menu
  • Under Proofing, select Word Count.
  • Now you should be able to see your character count (with or without spaces).
  • You can even choose to include footnotes in your count.


Good luck!

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