Counting track changes (characters)
Thread poster: Diego Tronca

Diego Tronca  Identity Verified
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May 26

Hi all,

How can you count the number of characters (excluding spaces) in the track changed text of a Word doc?
I have the previous Word doc, and the newer Word doc with the changes done in Track changes. I need to know how many characters (without counting the spaces) were inserted in the new document.

Thanks.
Diego


 

Michael J.H. Davies  Identity Verified
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... number of characters inserted in the new document May 26

I'm not sure if this will give you the required result but could you not calculate the difference in the number of characters between the original document (without changes) and a copy of this with the additional characters inserted (you would have to accept all changes). Both figures can be available from Word (use Word's help function if you are not familiar with how to get the character count).

Hope this helps,

Michael


Diego Tronca
 

Diego Tronca  Identity Verified
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... number of characters inserted in the new document 12:07 May 26

Thanks. The problem is that there are quite a few deletions as well, so I can't really compare the two documents.

 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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@Diego May 26

Diego Tronca wrote:
I need to know how many characters (without counting the spaces) were inserted in the new document.


So, if three characters were deleted and three other characters were added, then do you want "3" or "6" as the answer?


Diego Tronca
 

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Reply to Samuel May 26

Samuel, the ideal would be to separate the deletions from the insertions, and only count the characters of the insertions.

 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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A macro May 26

Diego Tronca wrote:
The ideal would be to ... only count the characters of the insertions.


So, if you can find a way to reject (or accept) all deletions, then you can work it out, right? This page has a macro for that (not tested by me): https://www.datanumen.com/blogs/3-ways-accept-specific-tracked-changes-word-document/


 

RobinB  Identity Verified
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PractiCount May 26

Diego Tronca wrote: Hi all,
How can you count the number of characters (excluding spaces) in the track changed text of a Word doc?


I've been using PractiCount for this for very many years. In fact, I'll be using it to calculate a quote today. Sometimes it's a bit slow with very large documents, but it always works, and it's always totally accurate.


 

Diego Tronca  Identity Verified
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Solved May 27

Hi all,

Thanks for all your answers.
I've decided to ask my client to do it for me, since they have a huge DTP department.

Diego


 


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