Excel COUNTA Function

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


The Excel COUNTA function counts the number of cells that are not empty in a range. And it returns the number of non-blank cells within a range or values. It can be used to count all the cells in a range that contain numbers, text, logical values, error values and empty text string.

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

The COUNTA 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 COUNTA function is as below:

= COUNTA(value1, [value2],…)

Where the COUNTA 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.


  • The COUNTA function does not count empty cells.
  • If you want to only count cells that contain numbers, just use the COUNT function.
  • If you want to count logical values, text, or error values, you can use the COUNTA function.
  • 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 COUNTA Function Examples

The below examples will show you how to use Excel COUNTA Function to count the number of cells in a range that are not empty.

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


excel counta function example1

More Excel CountA Function Examples

  • Generate All Possible Combinations of Two Lists
    You can use a formula based on the IF function, the ROW function, the COUNTA function, The INDEX function and the MOD function to get a list of all possible combinations from those two list….


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