Working with my article for MSSQLTips.com i was required to put roughly 4000 characters in code of a stored procedure. After pasting the text in a word document i looked for any information about characters. However word 2007 was displaying number of words at bottom bar.
So in this situation the easy and handy method to get count for characters, words, paragraphs, pages and lines just click on the words count being displayed at bottom bar of document. It would provide all required information.
I beleive there would be other methods to access this information but i think this one is most handy and applicable to other versions of MS Word.