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AMCAS character count issue is making me bang my head against the wall

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Literally today has just been a weird day in general and this was icing on the cake... somebody please help me.

I am currently experiencing difficulty with writing both my Personal Statement and Work and Activities in AMCAS. I know that both my PS and every Work and Activities entry is below the maximum limit allowed by the application, but nonetheless I am unable to complete my entires. At first, I tried copying and pasting from Word, and when that was not working I quickly learned that AMCAS is not terribly friendly to this method. So, I next tried copying/pasting from a plain text format, which still did not work.

Finally, as a last resort, I did not copy/paste anything from anywhere and instead physically typed each character into the entry box and that still did not work- I am being cut off at 12 to 14 characters for each entry, with AMCAS prohibiting me from typing a single character more. I have used multiple character counters (with spaces) and I am below the maximum character count for each entry but AMCAS always stops me 12 to 14 characters short no matter how I enter text into the boxes. If anyone has any tips or resolutions PLEASE let me know, I will be super grateful!

1) make sure you have replaced your paragraph marks with manual line feed
2) Instead of banging your head against the way, remove 12 characters.
3) you should easily be able to reduce by 1%
 
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I have heard that some word processors undercount the number of characters.
I hear what you're saying but in this case it seems like AMCAS is the ONLY word processor that is different. Every single word processor I have used is giving me the exact same character count except for AMCAS, so logic states that if there is a problem, it is with AMCAS.
 
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1) make sure you have replaced your paragraph marks with manual line feed
2) Instead of banging your head against the way, remove 12 characters.
3) you should easily be able to reduce by 1%
GONNIF thanks so much- great to see you. what do you mean exactly by replacing paragraph marks with manual line feed? sorry I'm not terribly tech savvy haha. and if that doesn't work, what's the underlying issue? is it with the way I'm typing? Thanks!
 

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I hear what you're saying but in this case it seems like AMCAS is the ONLY word processor that is different. Every single word processor I have used is giving me the exact same character count except for AMCAS, so logic states that if there is a problem, it is with AMCAS.
Check for any extra spaces, maybe remove any indentations?

I copy and pasted my PS from Word to AMCAS right now and it's giving me the same character count.
 
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Check for any extra spaces, maybe remove any indentations?

I copy and pasted my PS from Word to AMCAS right now and it's giving me the same character count.
Did you have paragraphs? When I separated my paragraphs I hit enter once, but I didn't hit indent/tab, so all paragraphs start with the same alignment. but if I understand correctly each "enter" should only take up 1 character. does it take up more in AMCAS?
 

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Did you have paragraphs? When I separated my paragraphs I hit enter once, but I didn't hit indent/tab, so all paragraphs start with the same alignment. but if I understand correctly each "enter" should only take up 1 character. does it take up more in AMCAS?

This might be your problem! No mine did not have any spaces. I just tested adding one "enter" (new paragraph) right now and it took up 2 extra characters on AMCAS.
 

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This might be your problem! No mine did not have any spaces. I just tested adding one "enter" (new paragraph) right now and it took up 2 extra characters on AMCAS.
I think I got It fixed, thanks so much! Though my work and activities is still being weird. one tab that I have for honors and awards is being strange, as the awards are in a list format in which "enter" after competing each entry on the list, although this enter just moves to the next line, it doesn't skip a line like my paragraph format does in the personal statement. any advice for this haha
 

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This might be your problem! No mine did not have any spaces. I just tested adding one "enter" (new paragraph) right now and it took up 2 extra characters on AMCAS.
paragraph marks take up 2 characters in some systems
I think I got It fixed, thanks so much! Though my work and activities is still being weird. one tab that I have for honors and awards is being strange, as the awards are in a list format in which "enter" after competing each entry on the list, although this enter just moves to the next line, it doesn't skip a line like my paragraph format does in the personal statement. any advice for this haha
this is a setting in WORD paragraph Click Format >> Paragraph >> bottom of the box is spacing
 
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