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How to count number of lines (line breaks) in a cell in Excel?

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Count number of lines in a cell with formulas

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Count number of lines in a cell with formulas

The following formulas can help you to count number of lines in a cell.

1. Select a blank cell, enter formula =LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2,CHAR(10),""))+1 into the Formula Bar, and then press the Enter key. See screenshot:

Note: In the formula, A2 is the cell you need to count a number of lines.

2. Keep selecting the resulting cell, then drag the Fill Handle down to get all line numbers of cells as below screenshot shown.


1. For a blank cell, you will get number 1 after applying the above formula.

2. This formula =LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2,CHAR(10),""))+(LEN(A2)>1) can also help you to count a number of lines in a cell but get number 0 of a blank cell.

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    Yuka R. · 3 months ago
    with this formula, is there a way to differentiate counting lines with different formatting, e.g. one line with bold, one line with strikethrough etc.? TIA
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      crystal · 2 months ago
      Good day,
      Sorry can't handle your problem with this formula. Thanks for your comment.