Word - Get Active Document Characters Count

This macro gets the characters count of a selection of text in the active document.


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1 Open MS Word.

2 Create a blank document.

3 Go to Developer's tab > click on "Visual Basic" button or hit Alt + F11.

4 Go to Insert tab > click on "Module" or hit M.

5 Copy the VBA code from below.

6 Paste the code in the newly created module.

7 Go to Run tab > click on "Run Sub/UserForm" or hit F5.

8 That's it!

"Lorem Ipsum" text snippet kindly provided by Lipsum.


' Get Active Document Characters Count
Sub getActiveDocumentCharactersCount()
    ' Set variables
    Dim lngCount As Long
    ' Get count
    lngCount = Selection.Characters.Count
    ' Return message
    MsgBox "You have " & lngCount & " characters."
End Sub

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