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Excel AREAS function

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Syntax and Arguments

Usage and Examples


The AREAS function takes Excel cell reference and returns the number of areas that make up the reference, the area is a range of contiguous cells or a single one. Multiple areas are separated by commas and surrounded by an extra set of parentheses. For example, the formula =AREAS(A1:A3) returns 1, then the formula v=AREAS((A1:A3,B3:E3)) returns 2.

Syntax and Arguments

Formula syntax



  • Reference: Necessary, a reference to a single cell or a range of cells, or multiple of ranges.

Return Value

The AREAS function returns a numeric value, which is the number of areas that make up the reference.

Usage and Examples

Here take a few examples for describing how to use the AREAS function in Excel.

Ex1: Basic usage

You can directly input or select the cell reference in to the AREAS function, remember using comma to separate areas and inserting extra a set of parentheses if there are more than one area reference in the formula.

Result Formula
1 =AREAS(A1)
1 =AREAS(A1:B3)
2 =AREAS((A1:C1,C2))
3 =AREAS((A1,B1,C1))
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Ex2: Count the number of areas of a specific defined name range

If there is defined name which you want to count how many ranges it contains, you can use the AREAS function.

Supposing there is a defined name called “Sale”, now use the AREAS function to count the number of areas in “Sale”.
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Reference: Sale is the range name you want to find the number of areas in.

The total number of areas:3
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Sample File
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