This post will guide you how to **count the number of spaces before the text string** in a cell in Excel. How to count the leading spaces before the text string in one cell with formula in excel. How do I create an excel formula that counts the number of spaces before the text string.

## 1. Count number of spaces before a string using a Formula

Assuming that you have lots of cells contain text string with different levels of indentation on them. You want to count the number of spaces before each test string in cells, and then you want to know how to count the number of spaces before the text string in each cell.

You can create an excel formula based on the FIND function, the LEFT function, and the TRIM function.

For example, let’s count the number of spaces before text string in Cell B1, you can write down the following excel formula:

`=FIND(LEFT(TRIM(B1),1),B1)-1`

**Let’s see how this formula works:**

The **TRIM function **can be used to remove all spaces at the start or end of the text string, then you can get a text string without any spaces. The returned result will pass into the **LEFT function** to get the leftmost characters of the result without spaces.

Then use the **FIND function** to search for that characters in the original string, and it returns the position of the first character of the searching characters in the original string. The result is subtracted 1 to get the number of spaces before the text string in Cell B1.

When you use this formula, you do not need to care how many other spaces there are or where they are.

If there are no spaces at the end of the text string in each cell, then you also can use the following formula:

`=LEN(B1)- LEN(TRIM(B1))`

## 2. Count Spaces before the Text String using User Defined Function with VBA Code

You can create a user-defined function in Excel using VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) to count the number of spaces before a text string. Just do the following steps:

**Step1:** Press **Alt + F11** to open the Visual Basic Editor.

**Step2:** Click **Insert** > **Module** to insert a new module.

**Step3:** Type the following code into the module:

Function CountSpaces_Excelhow(str As String) As Integer Dim i As Integer For i = 1 To Len(str) If Mid(str, i, 1) <> " " Then Exit For End If Next i CountSpaces_Excelhow = i - 1 End Function

**Step4:** Enter the formula into a cell, then press **Enter** key to apply it.

`=CountSpaces_Excelhow(B1)`

## 3. Video: Count Spaces before the Text String

This video will show you how to count spaces before the text string in Excel using a formula or VBA code.

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