How to Count Characters in Google Docs?

Google Docs is a famous text editor used to edit and format documents. It offers numerous features such as “creating a graph”, “adding a caption to an image”, “changing the page size”, “making a poster”, “counting the characters,” and much more. In this blog, we have explained three possible methods to count the characters in Google Docs. These methods are:

Let us start with the first method.

Method 1: Use the “Word count” Window to Count Characters

This method explains the process of counting the characters of the whole document. For this task, some steps are carried out:

Step 1: Open Google Docs

Firstly, open the Google Docs document. The user can select an existing document or a new blank document and write some text on it. For this instance, an existing document is carried out:

Step 2: Open the Word Count Window

Move to the “Tools” tab in the toolbar of Google Docs. It generates a drop-down menu with a list of options:

Select the “Word count” option from the drop-down menu of the “Tools” tab to count the characters of the selected section or complete document:

After that, a “Word count” window will appear. This “Word count” window displays the number of “Pages”, the total number of “Words”, “Characters”, and the “Characters excluding spaces”. The highlighted portion shows the “Characters” and the “Characters excluding spaces” of the whole document:

According to this information, there are “1092” and “923” characters without spacingin the current document.

Method 2: Use the “Ctrl+Shift+C” Shortcut Key to Count Characters

The user can also count the characters of a specific document section. In this method, the user can perform this task by utilizing the shortcut key. To do this, the user must follow some essential steps demonstrated below:

Step 1: Select the Particular Part

Select the specific part of the current document to count the characters. In this case, two bulleted points are selected:

Step 2: Press the Shortcut Key

After selecting the specific section of the current document, press the below-given shortcut key:


A “Word count” will be generated by pressing the shortcut key. This window displays the “Characters” and “Characters excluding spaces” of the selected section of the current document.

Furthermore, the “Word count” window also shows the total number of “Words” in the selected section of the entire document.

The selected potion contains “479” and “407” characters without spacing.

Bonus Tip: How to Count Characters in Google Docs Mobile App?

Google Docs mobile application also helps its user to count the characters of the whole document or a particular part. Here are some necessary steps to count characters in the Google Docs Mobile application:

Step 1: Open Google Docs Document

Starting from the first step, open the Google Docs mobile application. Select a new document template or an existing document. For this instance, an existing document is selected for counting characters:

Step 2: Open the Menu

Move the mouse cursor to the “Kebab” at the top right corner of the current document and press it:

A drop-down list will be generated containing many options. Select the “Word count” option from this drop-down list:

Step 3: Display the Count of Characters

After selecting the“Word count” option, a small dialogue box will pop up. This box displays the information about the total number of “Words”, “Characters”, and “Characters excluding spaces” in the current document:

The current document holds “1092” characters with spaces and “923” characters without spaces

That’s all about this blog.


Google Docs offers the “Word count” window used to count characters in Google Docs. The “word count” window can be invoked from the “Tools” tab or using the shortcut key “Ctrl+Shift+C”. Moreover, the Google Docs mobile app also offers the method to count characters through the “word count” window. This post has briefly demonstrated all the methods to count characters in Google Docs.