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# How to Count Cells with Over 100 Characters Read time: 20 minutes

We can use a formula that combines the SUMPRODUCT, N and LEN functions to count cells with over 100 characters. The steps below will walk through the simple process. Figure 1: Resulting showing that only one cell has characters over 100

## General Formula

`=SUMPRODUCT(N(LEN(array)>100))`

## Formula

`=SUMPRODUCT(N(LEN(A4:A6)>100))`

## Setting up the Data

We will count the number of cells with over 100 characters using the text in Cell A4 to Cell A6 as shown in figure 2. Figure 2: Setting up the Data

## Getting the Characters

• To get the characters, we will input the formula below into Cell B4

`=LEN(A4)`

• We will press the enter key Figure 3: Getting the Characters

• We will click on Cell B4 again
• We will double-click on the fill handle (the small plus sign at the bottom right of Cell B4) and drag down to copy the formula into the other cells Figure 4: Getting the Characters

## Counting Cells Over 100 Characters

• We will click on Cell A7 and insert the formula below

`=SUMPRODUCT(N(LEN(A4:A6)>100))`

• We will press the enter key Figure 5: Resulting showing that only one cell has characters over 100

## Explanation

The LEN function returns the number of characters in each cell within the range (A4:A6) as an array. The result looks like this: `{132;90;97}`

The returned array result is then checked with the logical expression if the values are greater than 100. This returns an array of TRUE and FALSE values: `{TRUE;FALSE;FALSE}`

The N function converts the returned values to ones and zeroes: `{1;0;0}`

The SUMPRODUCT function finally sums the returned array result, which returns 1.

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