How To Count Characters In Word
If you are a freelance writer or someone that handles documents, you will know that word count matters a lot. Some documents depend on word count to quantify. For example articles, essays and some term papers. When creating such documents in MS Word, there is a need to know the number of words as you type. On the other hand, there are places where character count matters a lot.
For instance, if you trying to send a page of a text message or post a tweet on Twitter or create a Meta description for your blog content. In those instances, you need to be conscious of your character count. There is nothing as boring as counting the number of words and characters as you type. Thankfully, there are several tools to help you counter characters in word documents as you type.
Understanding Word Count vs. Character Count
Word count and character count are almost similar and can be confusing for a first-timer. You need to understand the difference between both for you to know how to identify each. Word count is the total number of words in the document. For instance in ‘Let us go get the work from the artist’, the word count is nine (9).
Character count, on the other hand, is the total number of alphabets and characters you in a document. Character count can be with space or without space. For a character count with space, the spaces in between words are counted.On the other hand, character count without space, the space in between words are not counted. For instance in ‘Let us go get the work from the artist’ the character with space is 41 while the character without space is 32.
How To Count Characters In Word
There are two ways to find out the word and character count in a document. You can do so using Ms Word or other online tools.
How To Count Characters In Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word is the number one word processing software out there. Most versions of Microsoft word comes inbuilt with word count and character features. With this feature, you can easily find the word count and character count as you type your document. You can locate the word count and character count in the same place in the Microsoft Word platform. Where you find the word count depends on the version of Microsoft you use.
How To Count Characters in Word 2007
To count characters in Microsoft Word 2007 version and the versions before it, go to the ‘Review Tab’. Click on ‘Word Count’ under the ‘Proofread’ column. You will see a small tab with the total word count and character count of the document you are working on.
If you want to know the word count or character on a particular page or paragraph or sentence, simply highlight the section you want to know your word count. The word count and character count will appear automatically. Also, if your document has endnotes and footnotes and you want to exclude those on your count, uncheck the ‘include text boxes, endnotes and footnotes option under the box.
How To Count Characters in Word 2010
With the upgrade to Microsoft Word 2010 and other versions after that, the word count and character option were visibly placed. To find the word count in Microsoft Word 2010, simply look at the bottom left side of your page. You will see the word count. The word count updates automatically as you type.
To see the character count, simply click on the option and you will see the character count with and without space. Remember to uncheck the ‘include text boxes, endnotes and footnotes option under the box, if you don’t want to include the footnotes in your word count.
How To Count Characters Using Online Tools
If you are using a Word Processor like Wordpad and Notepad that does not come with the word count and character count options, you can use an online tool to check that. Thankfully, most of these online tools are free. A good tool to use is LetterCount.com. CharacterCountOnline is another free tool to use. All you need to do is to highlight your document, press ‘CTRL+ C’ to copy. Visit any of the two sites and press ‘CTRL+V’ to paste.
How To Count Characters Using Other Word Processor
Another option is to use another Word Processing software that has the word and character count options. Other Word Processors in this category include WordPerfect, Google Docs, OpenOffice, and LibreOffice. You can either create the documents on any of the platforms or copy and paste your document to get the word count. To find the count, simply click on the Tool option and word count.