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How to count the line breaks in cell in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-09-22

If the contents are too long to enter the cell, we usually use line breaks to break the contents so than the contents can completely be displayed in cell as below screenshot shown. Could you ever tried to count the number of the line breaks in a cell?
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Count line breaks in cell with formula

Count line breaks in cell with VBA

Count line breaks in cell with formula

To count line breaks in a cell, you can try this formula.

Select a cell next to the string you want to count line breaks, type =LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2,CHAR(10),"")), and press Enter key. See screenshot:
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1. If you work with Mac system, try this formula =LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2,CHAR(13),""))

2. Above formulas only count manual line breaks.

Count line breaks in cell with VBA

Here is a VBA code that also can count the line breaks in a cell in Excel.

1. Press Alt + F11 keys to enable Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, copy and paste code to the Module.

VBA: Count manual line break

Public Sub CountLines()
    Dim xStrLen As Double
    Dim xChrLen As Double
    With Range("A2")
        xStrLen = Len(.Text)
        xChrLen = Len(Replace(.Text, Chr(10), ""))
    End With
    MsgBox "There are " & xStrLen - xChrLen & " line breaks"

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3. Press F5 key, a dialog pops out to tell you the number of line breaks.
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