Count all of the cells in a range

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.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

ShowHow to copy an example

  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

 Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help

Selecting an example from Help
  1. Press CTRL+C.
  2. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
  3. 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.
 
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A B C D
Data Data Data Data
15,000 28,500 55,000 87,000
9,000 13.700 63,800 23,000
8,000 1000 19,000 99,900
Formula Description (Result)
=ROWS(A1:D4) * COLUMNS(A1:D4) The total number of cells in the range (16)

Function details

ROWS

COLUMNS

 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2003