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Count the number of text cells in a range in Excel

To count the number of cells that contain text in a specified range, the COUNTIF function can help to easily get it done. Here this article will introduce the formula in details to help you solve the problem.


How to count the number of text cells in a range in Excel?

As the below screenshot shown, there is a data range in B5:B11, you can apply the below formula to count only the text cells.

Generic Formula

=COUNTIF(range,"*")

Arguments

Range (required): The range from which you want to count the text cells.

How to use this formula?

1. Select a blank cell to output the result.

2. Enter the below formula into it and press the Enter key to get the result.

=COUNTIF(B3:B9,"*")

How these formulas work?

=COUNTIF(B3:B9,"*")

  • The COUNTIF function is used to count the number of cells that meet a criterion. The wildcard character “*” is used here as a criterion to match any number of characters.

Notes:

1) Any of the below two SUMPRODUCT formulas can also be used to solve this problem.

=SUMPRODUCT(--ISTEXT(B3:B9))

=SUMPRODUCT(ISTEXT(B3:B9)*1)

2) By default, numbers, dates, errors, logical values of TRUE or False as well as blank cells are not counted with the above formulas;
3) If numbers are enter as text, the cell will be counted;
4) If a cell looks blank but contains non-printing character, it will be counted as well.
5) Normally, empty cells are not counted with the above formula. However, as the below screenshot shown, some cells look empty but in fact they contain apostrophe (‘), spaces or empty string (=””), in this situation, they will be counted as well.

To exclude the visually blank cells while counting, you can apply one of the below formulas.
1) Exclude blank cells (but with space characters, an apostrophe (‘) or an empty string (=””)):

=COUNTIFS(B3:B12,"*", B3:B12, "<> ")

2) Exclude blank cells (but with space characters existing):

=COUNTIFS(B3:B12,"*?*", B3:B12, "<> ")


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Excel COUNTIF function
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