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Quickly count the occurrences of a character in a string in Excel

Supposing, you have a list of test strings in a worksheet, now you want to count the number of times a specific character or letter appears within a cell. Are you still counting the occurrences of that specified character one by one manually? Kutools for Excel’s COUNTCHAR function can quickly count specific character appearing times in a cell.

COUNTCHAR function: Counting the number of times a character appears in a string

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Click Kutools >> Kutools Functions >> Statistical & Math >> COUNTCHAR, see screenshot:

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COUNTCHAR function: Counting the number of times a character appears in a string

Take the following data for example, I want to count the number of the letter “c” which appears in the cell A1, please do as follows:


1. Select one cell where you want to put the result.

2. Apply COUNTCHAR function by clicking Kutools > Kutools Functions > Statistical & Math > COUNTCHAR, in the popped out Function Arguments dialog box, click the first shot-count-specific-character-0 button besides Within-text to select the cell which you want to count the specific character, and then enter the character “c” that you want to count the occurrences of the text string, see screenshot:


3. And then click OK to close the dialog, you will get the number of times that specific character appears, see screenshot:



1. This function is case sensitive.

2. With this utility, you can also count any other special characters, such as , ;*?/!~ and so on.

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