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Outlook: count words/characters while composing an email message?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2014-03-26

You can easily get a count of words and characters in the email body while composing an email message. Please look at the following tutorial.

Count Word and characters in Outlook 2010/2013

Count Word and characters in Outlook 2007

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arrow blue right bubbleCount Word and characters in Outlook 2010/2013

When creating a new email message or reply, forward a received email message, you can easily count words and characters in the email body.

1. In the editing message window, please click Review > Word Count. See screenshot:

2. Then a Word Count dialog pops up. You can see the number of words and characters in this dialog. Then click Close button to close it.

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But in Outlook 2007, you should do as this:

1. Entering your editing message window, and then click Message > Spelling > Word Count, see screenshot:

2. In the Word Count dialog, you can see the detail information about the words, characters and others. See screenshot:


1. The above method is counting the total number of words and characters in the whole email message.

2. If you want to count words and characters in a selection, please make a selection and then apply the above feature.

3. If you don’t want to include the textboxes, footnotes and endnotes while counting, please uncheck the Include textboxes, footnotes and endnotes box.

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what about Outlook Express 2018?
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Character count for 2007: perfect. Thank you
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