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: 02/28/2014 00:30:02 - Revision: 1.0

  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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