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How to count a character in an Excel cell or a range?

To count the number of a specific character in a single cell of a list may be easy when there only several cells. However, if there are dozens of cells in a list, how can you quickly count a specific character in each cell of the list in Excel?

Count a specific character in a cell string or range with formulas

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Count times a word(count times of a specific word appears in a single cell or a range . There are dozens of usually used formulas in the Formula Helper.)

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In Excel, you can use some formulas to solve this task.

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Select a cell which you will output the result into, for instance, C2, enter this formula =LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2,B2,"")), and press Enter key to count, and then drag AutoFill handle over the cells needed the formula. See screenshots:

Note: in this formula, A2 is the cell you want to count the specified character from, and B2 is the character you want to count.

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Tip: If you want to count the total number of a specific character in a range, you can use this formula =SUMPRODUCT(LEN(A2:A6)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2:A6,B2,""))), and A2:A2 is the range you want to count the specified character from, and B2 is the character you want to count.

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If you are not familiar with formulas, you can use Kutools for Excel’s Count times a word appears function to quickly and easily count a specific character in a single cell or range.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 120 handy Excel functions, enhance your working efficiency and save your working time.

After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Select a cell which you will output the result into, and click Kutools > Formulas > Count times a word appears. See screenshot:

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2. In the Formula Helper dialog, click doc select 1 next to Text to select the cell you want to count from, and then click doc select 1 next to Word to select the character you want to count. See screenshot:

Tip: You also can type the character inclosed with “” directly into the Word textbox, such as this “n”.

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3. Click Ok, and the character is counted. Then you can drag the auto fill handle of the cell over the cells you need.

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Tip: If you want to count a specific character in a range, you just need to select a range in the Text box in the Formula Helper dialog.

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