How to Count Characters in Microsoft Word 2013

While it’s common in academia, and even corporate, life to have minimum page counts when creating documents, other institutions can opt to have word count, or even character count, requirements. This can be incredibly tedious to do manually so, thankfully, you can get a character count in Microsoft Word with the help of their handy Word Count tool.

Our tutorial below will show you how to get a Microsoft Word character count in your document using a button in the ribbon, as well as a shortcut that involves clicking something in the bar at the bottom of the Microsoft Word window.


Microsoft Word Character Count

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word 2013. By completing the steps in this guide you will get a count of the number of characters in your document. The menu where you find this information includes some other useful information, such as the number of words in the document.

Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.


Step 2: Click the Review tab at the top of the window.

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Step 3: Click the Word Count button in the Proofing section of the ribbon.

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Step 4: Find your character count at the center of the window. Note that you can also check the box to the left of Include textboxes, footnotes, and endnotes if you would like to count those characters as well. Once you’re done, click the Close button.

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Alternatively you can get a character count for your document by clicking the box at the very bottom of the Microsoft Word window that shows the word count.

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This will open the same Word Count window that we saw in step 4.


If you also use Google Docs, they have a similar tool that can also give you a character count. Find out how to count characters in a Google Docs document. newsletter
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