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Count Cells that are Blank

Excel allows us to count cells that are blank in a range using the COUNTBLANK function. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in counting blank cells in a range.

Figure 1. The final result of the COUNTBLANK function

Syntax of the COUNTBLANK Formula

=COUNTBLANK(range)

The parameter of the COUNTBLANK function is:

  • range – a range of cells where we want to count blank cells.

Note that the function doesn’t take in a count blank cells as a result of other functions.

Setting up Our Data for the Examples

In column B (range B3:B8), we have the list of names with blanks. In the cell D3, we want to get the number of blank cells in the range B3:B8.

Figure 2. Data that we will use in the COUNTBLANK example

Count Blank Cells in a Range Using the COUNTBLANK function

In the cell D3, we want to get a number of blank cells in the range B3:B8.

The formula looks like:

=COUNTBLANK(B3:B8)

The range parameter is B3:B8.

To apply the COUNTBLANK function, we need to follow these steps:

  • Select cell D3 and click on it
  • Insert the formula: =COUNTBLANK(B3:B8)
  • Press enter.

Figure 3. Using the COUNTBLANK function to count blank cells in a range

As we can see in Figure 3, there are 2 blank values in the range (B4 and B7). Therefore, the result in the cell D3 is 2.

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i need a formula to give me a total of cells with data the ignore the data itself.... for example I have 20 cells with date, but within the range there are 5 cells with no data. I need formula that will tell me the end sum is 15 that way if I sort the data the total numbers of cells with data will not change
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Formula help: =COUNTBLANK(offset(Inglewood!C$2,,MATCH(D3,Inglewood!$C$1:$N$1,0)-1,counta(Inglewood!$A:$A)-1)) This is helping me have conditional formatting based on empty cells from another tab. I want to change the range of data that is being seen. (i.e. instead of C2:C47 I want it to be C11:C47)
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