## Count total words in a range of cells

This article explains how to count total words in a specific range with a formula in Excel.

#### How to count total words in a range of cells in Excel?

Generic formula

=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(TRIM(range))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(range," ",""))+1)

Argument

Range: The range for which you want to count total words.

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.

=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(TRIM(B5:B7))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B5:B7," ",""))+1)

Note: Please change the range B5:B7 in the formula to your need.

How this formula works?

=SUMPRODUCT(LEN(TRIM(B5:B7))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B5:B7," ",""))+1)

• 1. LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B5:B7," ","")): The SUBSTITUTE function removes all spaces from the text strings in range B5:B7, and then the LEN function calculates the length of the text strings without spaces and returns the length as an array of numbers: {19;32;29};
• 2. LEN(TRIM(B5:B7)): If there are extra spaces in range B5:B7, the TRIM function will remove them and only keep a single space between words. And then the LEN function calculates the length of the text string in B5:B7 with spaces and return an array of numbers: {23;39;35};
• 3. LEN(TRIM(B5:B7))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B5:B7," ","")) = {23;39;35}-{19;32;29}: Now the length of the string with spaces subtracts the string length without spaces and returns the result as an array of numbers: {4;7;6};
• 4. SUMPRODUCT({4;7;6}+1): Here every number in the array is added number 1. That is because the number of words is equal to the number of spaces + 1, we need to add 1 to the final word count. And the SUMPRODUCT function sums the numbers in the array and returns the total words range B5:B7: SUMPRODUCT({5;8;7})=20.

#### Related functions

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

Excel SUBSTITUTE function
The SUBSTITUTE function replaces text or characters within a text string with another text or characters.

Excel SUMPRODUCT function
The SUMPRODUCT function can be used to multiply two or more columns or arrays together, and then get the sum of products.

Excel TRIM function
The Excel TRIM function removes all extra spaces from text string and only keeps single spaces between words.

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