Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Inserting a Document's Size.

Inserting a Document's Size

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 23, 2014)

It is often handy to insert the size of your document somewhere within the document itself. Word allows you to include this statistic, in bytes, anywhere you please. As your document size changes through editing, the information displayed by the field changes. For instance, you might want to include the document size at the end of a document in some summary information, or in a header or footer. If you want to insert this information in your document, follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the file size inserted.
  2. Choose Field from the Insert menu. Word displays the Field dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Field dialog box.

  4. Choose Document Information as the field category (left side of the dialog box).
  5. Select FileSize from the Field Names list.
  6. Click your mouse on OK to close the Field dialog box and insert the field.

You should note that the document's file size is different than the number of characters in the document. The file size is invariably larger, as it includes space consumed by formatting and housekeeping information maintained by Word.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1842) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Inserting a Document's Size.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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