How to Count the Number of Letters or Numbers separately in a Cell in Excel

This post will guide you how to count the number of a given character in a cell in Excel. How do I count only numbers within a single cell excluding all letters and other characters with a formula in Excel. How to count the number of letters excluding all numbers in a given string in Excel.

Count Total Characters in a Cell


Assuming that you have a list of data in range B1:B4, and you want to count the total number of all characters in one cell, you can use a formula based on the LEN function to get it. Like this:

=LEN(B1)

Type this formula in cell C1 and press Enter key on your keyboard, and drag the AutoFill Handle to copy this formula from Cell C1 to range C2:C4.

count number of letters 1

You should notice that the number of all characters in each cell is calculated.

Count Only Numbers in a Cell


If you want only count the total numbers in cells, excluding letters and other specific characters, you can use a formula based on the LEN function and the SUBSTITUTE function. Like this:

=LEN(B1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(B1,0,""),1,""),2,""),3,""),4,""),5,""),6,""),7,""),8,""),9,""))

Type this formula into a blank cell and press Enter key. And then drag the AutoFill Handle down to other cells to apply this formula.

count number of letters2

Count Only Letters or Other Characters Excluding Numbers


If you want to count only letters and other specific characters in Cells, you can also use another formula based on the LEN function and the SUBSTITUTE function to achieve the result. Like this:

=LEN(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(B1,0,""),1,""),2,""),3,""),4,""),5,""),6,""),7,""),8,""),9,""))

Type this formula into a blank cell and press Enter key. And then drag the AutoFill Handle down to other cells to apply this formula.

count number of letters3

Related Functions


  • Excel Substitute function
    The Excel SUBSTITUTE function replaces a new text string for an old text string in a text string.The syntax of the SUBSTITUTE function is as below:= SUBSTITUTE  (text, old_text, new_text,[instance_num])….
  • Excel LEN function
    The Excel LEN function returns the length of a text string (the number of characters in a text string).The syntax of the LEN function is as below:= LEN(text)…

 

Related Posts

How to Remove All Asterisk Characters from Cells in Excel
How to Remove All Asterisk Characters7

Sometimes when we opening an excel spreadsheet to check data, we may notice that there are some asterisks exist in texts for security or other reasons. If you feel these special characters are invalid you can remove them from cells. ...

How to Convert Date Format from Dot MM.DD.YYYY to Slash MM/DD/YYYY in Excel
Convert Date Format from Dot to Slash 6

We often enter dates in excel tables, and we can enter current date by quickly press ‘Ctrl+;’ simultaneously. If in some cases we enter a date format that is not what we want, we have to switch the date format ...

How to Remove Quotes for Text or Strings in Excel
How to Remove Quotes 8

When we importing data from other source into Excel we may import quotes or quotations from initial file. And we want to remove these quotes from current file, if we remove them one by one it needs a lot of ...

How to Remove Specific Character from Text Cell in Excel
remove specific character from text string6

This post will guide you how to remove a specific character from text cell in Excel. How do I remove certain character from a cell with a formula in Excel 2013/2016. Remove Specific Character Using Find and Replace function Remove ...

How to Count Comma Separated Value in One Cell in Excel
count value separated by comma2

This post will guide you how to count values in a single cell separated by commas with a formula in Excel. How do I count comma separated values in one cell in Excel 2013/2016. Is it possible to have a ...

How to Remove the First/Last Word from Text string in Cell
remove first last word in cell2

This post will guide you how to remove the first and the last word from a text string in cells in Excel. How do I use a formula to remove first and last word of a text string in Excel. ...

How to Remove Line Breaks (Carriage Returns) in Excel
remove line breaks9

This post will explain that how to remove line breaks in your data set in Excel. How do I remove carriage returns or line breaks with a formula in Excel. How to remove line breaks with VBA Macro in Excel. ...

How to Convert DD-MM-YYYY text string or date to a standard date format in Excel
convert ddmmyyy test to date format1

This post will guide you how to convert dd-mm-yyyy test string or a date to a standard date format mm/dd/yyyy with a formula in Excel. Convert Text DD-MM-YYYY to Date Format Video: Convert DD-MM-YYYYY to Standard Date Format Convert Text ...

How to convert Column Letter to Number in Excel
convert column letter to number8

This post will guide you how to convert column letter to number in Excel. How do I convert letter to number with a formula in Excel. How to convert column letter to number with VBA macro in Excel. How to ...

Extract Email Address from Text
exctract email address from text3

This post will guide you how to extract email address from a text string in Excel. How do I use a formula to extract email address in Excel. How to extract email address from text string with VBA Macro in ...

Sidebar