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Use AppleScript to count words and characters in text
Authored by: NovaScotian on Jul 31, '07 12:36:22PM

A version that counts what in a file:

set f to (choose file with prompt "Choose a text file" without invisibles)
tell application "Finder" to open f -- brings it to front if open
delay 0.5 -- may have to be lengthened if doc is not open.
tell application "System Events" to tell window 1 to keystroke "ac" using command down -- command a is "all", command c is "copy".
tell (the clipboard) to set {char, wds, para} to {count characters, count words, count paragraphs}

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