I posted this on another part of this forum. But, it might be helpful to people who are starting to fill out applications that limit you to "character count" in your essays: Here's a hint about the number of characters in Microsoft Word: Microsoft word, when you do the spelling and grammar check, tells you the number of TYPED characters. It doesn't count the space between words. BUT, once you have typed it in Word and saved it, go to file/properties/statistics, and it tells you the number of characters, with and without spaces! As a retired computer teacher, I hope that this hint will make the experience a little less frustrating!