How to count words in a cell using excel functions
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...
@Paddydive
You can extend the formula to include ,'s and ;'s etc by:
=LEN(A1)LEN( SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE(A1, " ",""), ",", ""), ";", ""), " ", "")) +1
=SUBSTITUTE(Cell,",",";",1)
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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
=LEN(A1)LEN(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",""),",",""))+1
every time i use it, it gives 1
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for eg. in cell text is (xxccjjkk1234576hdjdj) & require only numbers 1234576.