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Excel LEN function

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

Syntax and arguments

Formula syntax



  • Text: Required, the text string whose length you want to count.

Return Value

The LEN function returns the number of characters.


1. Number formatting is not included to count. For example, A1 is date 4/26/2010, LEN(A1) returns 5, as the actual value in A1 is 40294 which just be formatted as date 4/26/2010.

2. The spaces are included to count.

Usage and Examples

Example 1 Count characters of a number

String Count Formula Description
4534 4 =LEN(C3) Length of 4534
123.11 6 =LEN(C4) Length of 123.11
23.00 2 =LEN(C5) Length of 23(formatted as 23.00)
19-Aug-13 4 =LEN(C6) Length of 4980(formatted as date)

Example 2 Count characters of a text string

String Count Formula Description
Apple 5 =LEN(C7) Length of Apple
Water Melon 11 =LEN(C8) Length of Water Melon

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Relative Functions:

  • Excel DOLLAR Function
    The CHAR function is used to convert a number to text in the currency formatting, with the decimals rounded to the given number of decimal places.

  • Excel FIND Function
    The FIND function is used to find a string within another string, and returns the starting position of the string inside another one.

  • Excel LEFT Function
    The LEFT function extracts the given number of characters from the left side of a supplied string .

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