AREAS function

Returns the number of areas in a reference. An area is a range of contiguous cells or a single cell.



Reference     is a reference to a cell or range of cells and can refer to multiple areas. If you want to specify several references as a single argument, then you must include extra sets of parentheses so that Microsoft Excel will not interpret the comma as a field separator. See the following example.


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Formula Description (Result)
=AREAS(B2:D4) Number of areas in the range (1)
=AREAS((B2:D4,E5,F6:I9)) Number of areas in the range (3)
=AREAS(B2:D4 B2) Number of areas in the range (1)
Applies to:
Excel 2007