Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Inserting a Document's Size.

Inserting a Document's Size

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated June 12, 2021)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365


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 name inserted.
  2. Display the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  3. In the Text group, click Quick Parts | Fields. Word displays the Field dialog box.
  4. Choose Document Information as the field category (left side of the dialog box). (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Field dialog box.

  6. Select FileSize from the Field Names list.
  7. Click 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 (6061) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word 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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