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Excel COUNTBLANK function

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The COUNTBLANK function returns the number of empty cells. The COUNTBLANK function is a built-in statistical function, which can be used as a worksheet function (WS) in Excel.

Syntax and arguments

Formula syntax



  • Range: Required, the range of cells that you want to count the blank cells in.

Return Value

The COUNTBLANK function returns the number of blank cells in a range.


The cells that contain empty text “” which is returned by a formula will be counted as empty cells.


Supposing you need to count the number of empty cells in the range B2:D5, please use this formula:


Press Enter key to count the number of empty cells in range B2:D5.
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Relative Functions:

  • Excel COUNTA Function
    The COUNTA function returns the number of cells that contain number, text, error value or the empty text “”, and excluding the real empty cells.

  • Excel COUNT Function
    The COUNT function is used to count the number of cells that contain numbers, or count the numbers in a list of arguments. Take an instance, COUNT(1,2,3,4,11,2,1,0) returns 8.

  • Excel COUNTIF Function
    The COUNTIF function is a statistical function in Excel which is used to count the number of cells that meet a criterion.

  • Excel COUNTIFS Function
    The COUNTIFS function returns the number of cells that meet one single criterion or multiple criteria. The COUNNTIFS function is one of the built-in statistical function, and it can be used as a worksheet function (WS) in Excel.

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    If you want to count cells exactly match a given criterion, you can choose the COUNTIF function or the SUMPRODUCT (combine with the EXACT function) function to count cells exactly equal to without case sensitive or with case sensitive.

  • Count cells not equal to
    To count the number of cells that contain values that not equal to a specified value, such as below screenshot shown. In Excel, you can use the COUNTIF function to quickly handle this job.

  • Count cells equal to x or y
    If you want to count cells as long as that meet at least one of given conditions (OR logic) in Excel, i.e. count cells equal to either x or y, you can use several COUNTIF formulas or combine the COUNTIF formula and SUM formula to handle this job.

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