Field codes: NumChars field

The NumChars field inserts the number of characters in the document, using information from the Statistics tab in the Properties dialog box. To view the Properties dialog box, click the File tab, click Info, click Properties (below the document preview on the right side), and then click Advanced Properties.


When you view the NumChars field in your document, the syntax looks like this:


Note    A field code tells the field what to show. Field results are what’s shown in the document after having evaluated the field code. To toggle between viewing the field code and the field code results, press Alt+F9.


The = (Formula) field { = { NUMCHARS } / { NUMWORDS } } calculates average word length by dividing the number of characters by the number of words.

Applies To: Word 2010, Word 2016, Word 2016 for Mac, Word 2013

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