How to Count Letters With MS Word

By Caroline Jackson

Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft Word 2010 automatically keep track of how many words are in your document as you type them. The programs also allow you to check the word count in certain sections of your document, including endnotes, footnotes and text boxes. If you need to go beyond simple word count, Word 2007 and 2010 also enable you to count the number of paragraphs, lines and characters--with or without spaces--in your document.

The Whole Document

Step 1

Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2

Click the "Review" tab located at the top of the Microsoft Word window.

Step 3

Click "Word Count," which is in the group labeled "Proofing." A box will pop up that displays your document's statistics.

Step 4

Locate the "Characters (No Spaces)" line. The number directly to the right of the text is how many letters your document contains.

Step 5

Click "Close" to close the "Word Count" box and return to your document.

Selected Text

Step 1

Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2

Left-click in front of a section of text. Hold the left button down and drag your mouse to highlight the section you wish to check.

Step 3

Click the "Review" tab.

Step 4

Click "Word Count" in the "Proofing" group to open the "Word Count" box.

Step 5

Locate the "Characters (No Spaces)" line. The number to the right of the line indicates how many letters are in the selected text.

Step 6

Click "Close" to return to your document.

Tips & Warnings

  • The keyboard shortcut for opening the "Word Count" box is "Ctrl+Shift+G."