Let's say you want to determine the size of a large spreadsheet to decide whether to use manual or automatic calculation in your workbook. To count all of the cells in a range, use a formula that multiplies the return values from the ROWS and COLUMNS functions.
The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.
How to copy an example
- Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
- Select the example in the Help topic.
Note Do not select the row or column headers.
Selecting an example from Help
- Press CTRL+C.
- In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
- To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.
|=ROWS(A1:D4) * COLUMNS(A1:D4)
||The total number of cells in the range (16)