Excel COUNT Function

This post will guide you how to use Excel COUNT function with syntax and examples in Microsoft excel.


The Excel COUNT function counts the number of cells that contain numbers, and counts numbers within the list of arguments. It returns a numeric value that indicate the number of cells that contain numbers in a range.

The COUNT function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Statistical Function.

The COUNT function is available in Excel 2016, excel 2013, excel 2010, excel 2007, excel 2003, excel XP, excel 2000, excel 2011 for Mac.


The syntax of the COUNT function is as below:

= COUNT(value1, [value2],…)

Where the COUNT function arguments are:

  • value1 -This is a required argument.  The first item, cell reference, or range within which you want to count numbers.
  • Value2 – This is an optional argument. You can enter up to 255 value arguments.


  • Arguments that are numbers, dates, or a text representation of numbers (for example, a number enclosed in quotation marks, such as “1”) are counted.
  • If the argument is an array or reference, only numbers in that array are counted. Empty cells, logical values, text, or error values in the array or reference are not counted.
  • You can use the COUNTA function to count logical values, text, error values.
  • You can use the COUNTIF function to count only numbers that meet certain criteria.
  • You can provide up to 255 number arguments in excel 2007 or later. If you are using excel 2003, you can only provide up to 30 number arguments.

Excel COUNT Function Examples

The below examples will show you how to use Excel COUNT Function to count the number of cells that contain numbers in a range.

#1 To count the number of cells in the range B1:B4, just using the following excel formula:


excel count function example1



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