To count the number of cells that contain text (i.e. not numbers, not errors, not blank), use the COUNTIF function and a wildcard. In the generic form of the formula (above), rng is a range of cells, and "*" is a wildcard matching any number of characters.
COUNTIF counts the number of cells that match the supplied criteria. In this case, the criteria is supplied as the wildcard character "*" which matches any number of text characters.
A few notes:
The logical values TRUE and FALSE are not counted as text
Numbers are not counted by "*" unless they are entered as text
A blank cell that begins with an apostrophe (') will be counted.
If you need to restrict counts to meet more specific criteria, you can switch to the COUNTIFs function. For example, to count cells with text, but exclude cells with only a space character, you could use:
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