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Hi Tom

Do you know a quick way of counting the no. of characters in a cell please?



You can use the length function [LEN( range )].  So if the string  

the house is big

is in cell A1 then


should display  16.  This counts the spaces as well.  If you need to exclude spaces or your meaining of "characters" is more restrictive than I am perceiving, then post back.  

Tom Ogilvy

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Tom Ogilvy


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