Google Sheets LEN Function

This post will guide you how to use Google Sheets LEN function with syntax and examples.


The Google Sheets LEN function returns the length of a text string (the number of characters in a text string).

The LEN function can be used to count the number of characters for a given text string in google sheets. It also can count characters in numbers, but it will not count the number formatting.

The LEN function is a build-in function in Google Sheets and it is categorized as a Text Function.


The syntax of the LEN function is as below:

= LEN(text)

Where the LEN function arguments are:

  • Text -This is a required argument. The text string that you want to get the length of.


  • The LEN function only takes one argument. It counts the number of characters in text string, including space or non-printing characters. If the LEN function returns unexpected values, and you need to make sure that there are no such characters in given text string.
  • If text string is an empty string or cell reference to an empty cell, the LEN function returns
  • Len function will also count the characters in numeric value 

Google Sheets LEN Function Examples

The below examples will show you how to use google sheets LEN Text function to get the length of a text string.

#1 To get the number of characters in the B1 cell, just using formula: 


Google sheets len function1

#2 To get the Length of the text string in B2 Cell, just using formula:


Google sheets len function1

#3 Using LEN function to count the number of characters in a text string:

=LEN(“google”)   //it returns 6

Google sheets len function1

#4 count the number of characters in a text string in which contain a space character:

=LEN(“google      “)  //it returns 9

Google sheets len function1

The LEN function can be used with the LEFT function and FIND function to extract a substring text to the left of a given text string .

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  • Google Sheets LEFT Function
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