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How to Count Total Characters in a Cell

We can Count Total Characters in a Cell with the LEN function. The steps below will walk through the process.

Figure 1: Count of Total Characters in Cells of Column B

Formula

=LEN(B4)

  • B4 represents the cell of interest.

Setting up the Data

  • We will set up the data by inputting the TEXT into Column B
  • Column C is where we want the formula to return the result for the count of the characters in Column B

Figure 2: Setting up the Data

Count Total Characters in a Cell

  • We will click on Cell C4
  • We will insert the formula below into the cell
    =LEN(B4)
  • We will press the enter key

Figure 3: Count of Total Characters in Cell B4

  • We will click on Cell C4 again
  • We will double-click on the fill handle (the small plus sign at the bottom right of Cell C4) and drag down to copy the formula into the other cells

Figure 4: Count of Total Characters in Cells of Column B

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