Counting characters in Excel

How to count words and characters in Excel 2016, 2013-2007

Add text to the selected cells by position

Text Toolkit will help you with counting the number of words and characters in your Excel worksheet. Use the Extract Text tool to never exceed the limit in the number of characters in cells.

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Count all or specific characters and words in Excel

Count Characters tool lets you quickly calculate the number of characters or words in the selection. You will find it in the Calculate group under the Ablebits Tools tab in Excel.

Click the add-in icon and pick your task:

  • Click the Count Characters option if you want to see how many symbols each cell contains: Choose to count characters in all selected cells
  • Choose the Count Words option to calculate the number of words within the cells you select Choose to count words within the cells you select

Specify a couple of simple settings:

  1. You will see the default column to process at the top of the pane. To change it, select the cells with values you’d like to count in your Excel worksheet or enter a different range in the field manually.
  2. If you choose to get the number of characters, pick one of two possible ways to calculate it:
    • Pick Count characters to get the number of symbols in each selected cell.
    • Select the option to Count custom characters to see how many times the entered value occurs in the highlighted range.
  3. Tick the Insert as formula checkbox to paste the results as the LEN function and recalculate them if the source data change.
  4. We always recommend choosing to Back up the worksheet. Expand the Count words and characters group
  5. Click the Insert results button to see a new column with the Excel character count results next to the selected cells.
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