Count number of characters in a range in Excel

This article explains a formula to count total characters that appear in a range of cells in Excel.

How to count number of characters in a range of cells in Excel?

Generic formula

=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(range))

Argument

Range: The range for which you want to count the number of all characters.

How to use this formula?

As the below screenshot shown, you want to count all characters in range B5:B8, 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.

=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(B5:B8))

Then you can see all characters including letters, spaces and symbols in specified range are counted.

Tips: Another alternative formula is to combine the SUM function and the LEN function. In this case, enter the below formula into a blank cell, and then press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to get the total characters.
=SUM(LEN(B5:B8))

How this formula works

=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(B5:B8))

• 1. LEN(B5:B8): The LEN function calculates the string length for each cell in the specified range, and returns the length as an array of numbers. Here the result is {23;9;16;23};
• 2. SUMPRODUCT({23;9;16;23}): The SUMPRODUCT function sums all numbers in the array and returns the result: 23+9+16+23=71.

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