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Notepad++ Word and Character Count (Updated!)

Select your text and then go TextFX -> TextFX Tools -> Word Count

(don’t see the TextFX menu?  scroll down!)

If you don’t see the TextFX menu you might need to install the plug-in.  In my experience it seems like sometimes Notepad++ comes with this installed and other times it doesn’t.

  1. Go to Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager
  2. Select TextFX Characters and then click Install.

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written by Ryan Bosinger
Ryan is a web developer living and working in Banff Alberta. He also writes for giftsforpeoplewitheverything.com and freefoley.com.

34 Responses to “Notepad++ Word and Character Count (Updated!)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    cool! saves me X minutes to look over all those menu’s!

  2. John Ortiz says:

    I have installed TextFX and it provides a lot of functionality. Thanks for this.

  3. Mikey says:

    Dude, this should be simple…I couldn’t believe that even within Notepad ++, when you click “Get More Plugins” in the “?” (Help) menu it takes you to some stupid wiki that lists all Notepad ++ plugins and the term “Word Count” is nowhere on the page! Thanks for this easy explanation!

  4. Ian says:

    It’s simpler than you think. Since NP++ v5.8 there is a word count included in the Summary. You have two options to display this (maybe more, I don’t know):

    1. From the menu bar, View > Summary…
    2. Double click on the status bar at the bottom where it says “length : xxx lines : xxx”

    The Summary window appears, with line, word and character counts. Quick, magic.

    • myr says:

      awesome!!! thanks!!! I can’t believe I didn’t come across this before… thanks again, saved me lots of time and headaches!

  5. The Man Behind Windows 8 says:

    I found that the word count from summary is different from the TextFX plugin.
    When I run wc -w thetextfile.txt it gives the same count like TextFX and that also goes from copying the same text into MS WORD, NP++ should check their code on how it count the words ’cause I think it wrong.

    Yes I’m the man behind Windows 8 LOL

    • marcus says:

      This word count tool is a bit different from the one in the Notepad++ summary (e.g. TextFX counts contractions and hyphenated words as one word; the Notepad++ summary counts them as two words). Having both options available is definitely a benefit, as long as you keep straight which is which.

  6. The Man Behind Windows 8 says:

    Almost forgot, Thank you for your nice tip.

    I’m still the man behind Windows 8 LOL

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  8. Sau says:

    Thanks a ton!!

  9. Senthil says:

    Thank you so much Ryan. Your post saved me good amount of search time.

  10. I didn’t know that the TextFX plugin has a word counter. Now I do not need any external word counter….

  11. Cipm says:

    Thank you for posting this.

  12. Ezequias Rocha says:

    Have you any tool to make a list of words and the number of times it appears in the text?

    Sincerely
    Ezequias Rocha

  13. nemo says:

    Thank you, very helpful!

  14. Aleem says:

    Thanks a million, it saved a lot of time and I got what exactly I was looking for.
    Special Thanks for showing the plugin part..

    Cheers from India

  15. edadou says:

    Thanks, i’ve been using notepad++ to write texts, just because i like simplicity and, i always wanted to know how many words i type… and you helped !! thanks a lot ! answered to lots of curiosity!

  16. Jenn says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I use Notepad++ for my freelance writing, and it’s always handy to be able to check the word count without going to another program or a browser. :)

  17. saoili says:

    Thanks.

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  19. chatumao says:

    Thanks for the tip, but I would need the count of parricular characters i.e a list of all character that occur and their count. In the heading it says word and character count, did I miss something?

  20. We are a web design company in Toronto and I was told by one of my web designers to try NotePad++ and I’m loving it!!
    Very easy to use! Awesome it was character count feature! The above post helped me activate my first plugin. Sweet!

  21. odie5533 says:

    If you want the Word Count as a Toolbar Button, install the Customize Toolbar plugin from the Plugin Manager. Then go to Plugins > Customize Toolbar > Custom Buttons. Hit Ok on the dialog, and close Notepad++. Go to C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\plugins\config and open CustomizeToolbar.btn. Delete everything and write in “TextFX,TextFX Tools,Word Count,,,custom-icon-1.bmp” (but without the quotes). Save the file and restart Notepad++. There should now be a little hammer icon on the toolbar for Word Count.

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  26. Badr Oraby says:

    Thank you for your help.
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  27. Skye says:

    Awesome stuff. This saved me a ton of time. Thank you and where can I donate?

  28. AnggaRifandi says:

    Thank you so much man, very useful information for me. So I don’t need to use MS Word to count words.

  29. Ajax Donovan says:

    Great post. Worked perfectly.

  30. Thanks a lot! After years still very useful info.

  31. We absolutely love NotePad++, perfect for Web Design!

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    Mississauga Web Design.

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