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Whenever I try to continue writing the document past ~400 pages, Google Docs disables the typing/input area and cough an error message:

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What is causing the problem?

Is this just me or are documents limited to 400 pages? How can I increase the limits? Do I need to purchase the Google storage options?

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    When you say "getting errors" please detail what the errors are, and if possible even a screenshot of it – Yisroel Tech Dec 25 '17 at 12:24
  • @YisroelTech, I've added screenshot. – Pacerier Jan 8 '18 at 13:31
  • @pnuts, The document isn't an upload-convert; it's created from Google Docs. When downloaded, it's a .docx 868,418 bytes and when .docx is opened with mac Pages, it shows 251,487 words, 1,516,781 chars (1,410,523 nonspace chars), 15,539 paragraphs, 398 pages. (It does look like google has a different definition of "characters".) – Pacerier Jan 8 '18 at 13:32
  • Do your document has embedded content like images, charts, drawings, equations,...? – Rubén Jan 8 '18 at 13:55
  • @Rubén, text-only. – Pacerier Jan 9 '18 at 11:03
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To answer your question: There is no limit for "400 pages'. I have created now a Google Doc which is over 1800 pages with text strings (about a million characters.)

There might be another limit though (based on characters or file weight). A valid suggestion is made here that maybe it depends on the size of the file with all of the revisions saved. (That is why they suggest that you should copy it to a new doc which wouldn't have all the revisions.)

Also, you definitely can't add storage to solve the issue since Google Docs files aren't counted towards the general Google Drive storage plan.

  • I tried copy-paste to a new doc but it's still the same; most likely it's caused by the bulk of the content. I may get to exceed the 1m chars due to a multitude of links which are probably minimized. – Pacerier Jan 9 '18 at 11:10
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On a comment the OP mentions that their document has a "multitude of links".

I didn't test this but I assume that character count features on word processors only count characters that occupy space (a-zA-Z0-9, symbols, tabs, blank spaces, etc.) but not "hidden characters" like the URL of a link that shows an "alias" instead of the URL.

In order to learn if the "multitude of links" is the cause of the problem try

  1. Copy and paste the whole content from Google Documents to a plain text app like Microsoft Notepad, paste the text only version to a new Google Document.
  2. Use a script like the one shared by Mogsdad on their answer to Get All Links in a Document to later count the characters of the URLs.

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