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Count Characters within Selected Text with Keyboard Maestro

For many rea­sons you might want to know the ex­act num­ber of char­ac­ters in a piece of text. Writing head­lines for ar­ti­cles and blog posts, es­pe­cial­ly if you hope they’ll be shared on Twitter, is just one of many rea­sons. Until and un­less Twitter re­moves that 140 char­ac­ter lim­it, craft­ing the per­fect tweet, with room for oth­ers to retweet, means count­ing char­ac­ters.

NOTE

There is now a ver­sion of this macro you can down­load that counts char­ac­ters and words in the se­lect­ed text. Get it here.

How to Use It

Highlight your se­lect­ed text and ex­e­cute the macro us­ing the trig­ger you se­lect. Up will pop a no­ti­fi­ca­tion with an ac­cu­rate char­ac­ter count of the high­light­ed text (see Figure 1.)

The character count of this article's headline, as returned by Keyboard Maestro.

Figure 1: The char­ac­ter count of this article’s head­line, as re­turned by Keyboard Maestro.

The Keyboard Maestro Recipe

The macro recipe it­self is sim­ple. You can ei­ther recre­ate my macro with the recipe im­age be­low or down­load it.

Counting Characters in Selected Text with Keyboard Maestro

How to Install the Downloaded Macro

After down­load­ing this macro, open Keyboard Maestro Editor. Use the File > Import Macros com­mand to lo­cate and im­port the macro.

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