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Excel COUNT Function

Excel COUNT function

The Excel COUNT function returns the count of values that are numbers, generally cells that contain numbers. Values can be supplied as constants, cell references, or ranges.

Count numbers
Return value 
Count of numeric values
=COUNT (value1, [value2], ...)
  • value1 - An item, cell reference, or range.
  • value2 - [optional] An item, cell reference, or range.
Usage notes 

The COUNT function returns the count of numeric values in the list of supplied arguments. Arguments can be individual items, cell references, or ranges up to a total of 255 arguments. All numbers including negative values, percentages, dates, fractions, and time are counted. Empty cells and text values are ignored.

Example #1 - range

In the example shown, COUNT is set up to count numbers in the range B5:B11:

=COUNT(B5:B11) // returns 4

COUNT returns 4, since there are 4 numeric values in the range B5:B11. Text values and blank cells are ignored.

Example #2 - constants

The example below shows COUNT with 3 hardcoded values. Two of the values are numbers, one is text, so COUNT returns 2:

=COUNT(1,2,"apple") // returns 2

Functions for counting


  • COUNT can handle up to 255 arguments.
  • COUNT ignores the logical values TRUE and FALSE.
  • COUNT ignores text values and empty cells.

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