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Excel REPT Function

Excel allows us to repeat a text or character for a specified number of times by using the REPT function.  This tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in using the REPT function.  

Figure 1. Final result of the REPT function

Syntax of the DMIN Function

Repeats text for a specified number of times

Syntax:

=REPT(text, number_times)

  • text – the text we want to repeat.
  • number_times –  the number of times to repeat the text; must be a positive number

Setting up our Data

Our data consists of three columns : Text (column B), Number of times (column C) and Result (column D).  The result of the REPT function will be in column D.

Figure 2. Sample data for the REPT function

Repeat text using the REPT Function

In order to repeat a given text for a specified number of times, let us follow these steps:

Step 1.  Select cell D3

Step 2.  Enter the formula: =REPT(B3,C3)

Step 3.  Press ENTER

Step 4. Select cell D3 and drag down the “+” icon at the lower-right corner of the cell to copy the formula to cells D4 and D5

Figure 3. Entering the formula for REPT function

The result in cell D3 is “appleapple”, which repeats the text “apple” two times.  The formula also repeats “Hi!” three times and “1_” four times resulting to “Hi!Hi!Hi!” and “1_1_1_1_” in cells D4 and D5.  

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i want to lookup a alphanumeric value(eg. EMP789 ) from a coloumn range i use =VLOOKUP(REPT("z",255),C:C,1) to get text value
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