MS Word count with hidden text
Thread poster: sylvie malich

sylvie malich
Germany
Local time: 20:44
German to English
Jul 23, 2004

I have a question for the MS Word experts out there. I completed a large job more than a month ago and now the client is submitting "missing" text. This text turns out to be hidden text (that neither of us knew about) revealed by pressing Ctrl +A and then the code Shift +F.

Fine, being that the invoice had already been submitted and priced according to word count, the customer assures me that MS word has already counted this hidden text and I don't have to submit a subsequent invoice.

I just want to check if this is correct, because he didn't sound all that certain himself.

TIA,
sylvie


 

Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 20:44
English to German
+ ...
I don't think so... Jul 23, 2004

Hi Sylvie,
I just did a quick test with MS Word 10 (XP): hidden text was not counted.

Actually, it's simple to test it yourself:

Type the following text:
This text has five words.


5 words, 21 characters excluding / 26 characters including spaces, right?

Copy and past the sentence, then highlight one of the two sentences and turn it into hidden text (Ctrl-Alt-H).

Now count again.
Bingo.

Best regards, Ralf


 

sylvie malich
Germany
Local time: 20:44
German to English
TOPIC STARTER
Thanks, Ralf Jul 23, 2004

I was afraid of that. But on the other hand, the translated text has more copy.
I will be submitting a subsequent invoice.

sylvie


 

Graciela Carlyle  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:44
English to Spanish
+ ...
hidden text is not counted Jul 24, 2004

sylvie malich wrote:

I was afraid of that. But on the other hand, the translated text has more copy.
I will be submitting a subsequent invoice.

sylvie


Hi Sylvie,

A simple test you can tell your client to do is to select ALL the document and mark it as hidden (or leave the first 2 words visible only). Then make a wordcount.
They will immediately realise that hidden text is not counted by Word and that once you translate what was missing and mark it as visible text, you have to resubmit your invoice with the correct and total wordcount.

HTH,
Grace.


 

Bruce Popp  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:44
French to English
text boxes and drawings too Jul 24, 2004

Text in text boxes, headers and footers, and editable text in drawings or pictures is not counted either.

You could try the tool available from this website: http://www.shaunakelly.com/word/CompleteWordCount/ I like it.

Bruce


[Edited at 2004-07-24 12:17]


 

Marocas  Identity Verified
Venezuela
Local time: 14:44
Member (2004)
English to Spanish
Thanks... Jul 24, 2004

...a lot Bruce. I used to count text boxes, headers, footers and text in images manually. icon_frown.gif

Marocas


 

sylvie malich
Germany
Local time: 20:44
German to English
TOPIC STARTER
Thanks, all Jul 26, 2004

... for your replies.

sylvie


 


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