# Excel LEN Function

Summary

The Excel LEN function returns the length of a given text string as the number of characters. LEN will also count characters in numbers, but number formatting is not included.

Purpose

Get the length of text.

Return value

A number representing the lengh of the text.

Syntax

=LEN (text)

Arguments

**text**- The text for which to calculate length.

Usage notes

- LEN is a useful when you want to count how many characters there are in some text.
- Numbers and dates will also return a length.
- Number formatting is not included. (i.e. the length of "100" formatted as "$100.00" is still 3).

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