Excel Function LEN

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While working with Microsoft Excel, did you get any situation where you need to count the number of characters in a cell or string? I believe most of your answers are YES. In the said scenario “LEN” function will help you to find the solution. We will be learning the Microsoft Excel “LEN” in detail, so stay with us and continue reading…

LEN function is used for counting number of characters in available string. The output of the function returns the count in new cell.

Syntax Description:

text argument, is used for counting number of characters in available string.

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LEN Function has only one argument i.e. text, which makes the function easy to apply and understand. We need to give the cell reference of the string to the text argument.

If cell reference is not correctly provided in the function, then it will give output as “#VALUE!” (Error). So always ensure that function parameters are correctly applied to get the appropriate results/output.

Advantages Of Excel Function LEN

LEN function is very advantageous in many ways. It helps for the document where count of characters from an available string is required. Counting characters from an available string manually (one by one) in a report is very difficult and LEN Function helps to apply the function in large database at once and makes the work easy, saves time and increases efficiency.

Things to Remember:

– Number formatting will be ignored i.e. $10,000.00 output result will be 5 (for 10000) ignoring “$”/”,”/”.00” number formatting

– Space available in a string is counted as character

– Function should give output in “General” format, however if output is not as per the desired format then we need to change the cell format to “GENERAL”.

How to use LEN function in Excel – formula examples

Example 1: Counting Characters in available string

text argument,  “Column A” contains strings and characters needs to be counted.

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– Cell “A2” has string i.e. “Happiness” with total 9 characters as per function output in cell “B2

– Cell “A5” has string i.e. “Happiness + 2 spaces” that is why function output is 11 as per cell “B5”

– Cell “A9” has numeric value i.e. 10000 with number formatting, output returns value ignoring number formatting i.e. $/,/.00

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