## Count number of characters in a cell in Excel

You can easily count the total characters in a cell with the LEN function in Excel. The total characters not only includes all letters, but also all spaces, punctuation marks and symbols in the cell.

#### How to count number of characters in a cell in Excel?

Generic formula

=LEN(text)

Argument

Text: The text string’s length you want to count. It can be:
1. The text string enclosed in quotation marks;
2. Or a reference to a cell containing the text string.

How to use this formula?

Supposing you have a list of cells as the below screenshot shown, and you want to count the total characters for each cell in the list, please do as follows.

1. Select a blank cell to output the result.

2. Enter the below formula into it and press the Enter key.

=LEN(B5)

3. Select the first result cell, and then drag the Fill Handle to apply the formula to other cells. See screenshot:

Then you can see all characters which including the letters, numbers, symbols and spaces that appear in each cell are counted.

#### Related function

Excel LEN function
The LEN function returns the number of characters in a text string.

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