WD2000: DOCERR: "Characters (with Spaces)" Displays Incorrect Total in Word Count

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SYMPTOMS

When you use the Word Count feature (on the Tools menu, click Word Count) in a Microsoft Word document, the Characters (with spaces) count may appear to be incorrect.

This problem occurs when you use any of the following in the document:
  • Tab stops
  • Line breaks
  • Section breaks

CAUSE

This functionality is by design. However, Microsoft Word Help incorrectly states the following about Word Count:
Displays the number of characters in the active document, including spaces. Character count doesn't include the following characters: tabs, line breaks, paragraph marks, page breaks, column breaks, section breaks, and hidden text.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

MORE INFORMATION

Microsoft Word 2002 Help correctly states the following about Word Count:
Displays the number of characters in the active document, including spaces and tabs. Character count doesn't include the following characters: line breaks, paragraph marks, page breaks, column breaks, section breaks, and hidden text.

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Article ID: 249198 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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