# How to count words in a cell using excel functions

Posted on July 8th, 2008 in Analytics , hacks , ideas , Learn Excel , technology - 16 comments

I was doing some weird analysis on corporate mission statements and I had to count the number of words in each cell. That is when I realized there is no formula to calculate the number of words in a cell, I was too lazy to write an UDF for that, so I figured out a nearly perfect way to calculate no. of words in a cell using existing formulas.

If you want to calculate the no. of words in cell a1, then use the formula:
`=len(a1)-len(substitute(a1," ",""))+1`

What this does is, it calculates the number of spaces in a cell and adds 1 to it, thus almost finding the number of words in a cell. I say almost because, if a cell has “this blog rocks,really!”, this formula will calculate the words as 3, where as there are 4 words in there 🙂

But that is for you to think 😉

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That was genious...

7. Hui... says:

You can extend the formula to include ,'s and ;'s etc by:
`=LEN(A1)-LEN( SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE(A1, " ",""), ",", ""), ";", ""), " ", "")) +1`

8. Chanda Kaushik says:

This can also be achieved using a UDF. That would be much handy. I tried counting words in a cell using the following UDF.

Function CountWords(txt)
x = Len(Trim(txt)) - Len(Replace(Trim(txt), " ", "")) + 1
CountWords = x
End Function

9. Rahim says:

=LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",""),",",""))+1

10. ruwanal says:

every time i use it, it gives 1

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12. Anthony Delon says:

Nice guide

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14. shravan says:

how to remove text in cell
for eg. in cell text is (xxccjjkk1234576hdjdj) & require only numbers 1234576.

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