The Excel AREAS Function

Basic Description

The Excel Areas function takes an Excel reference and returns the number of areas that make up the reference.

The syntax of the function is :

AREAS( reference )

Where the reference argument can be input directly or can be a named range.

If the Reference argument is input directly, the different areas of cells are input as a list, separated by commas and surrounded by brackets. This is seen in the examples below.


Excel Areas Function Example 1

The following spreadsheets show simple examples of the Excel Areas function, where the function argument is input directly, as a list of areas.

 Formulas:
  A
1 =AREAS( C1:E2 )
2 =AREAS( ( C1:E2, B3:B5 ) )
3 =AREAS( ( B2, C1:E3, D1:E5 ) )
 Results:
  A
1 1
2 2
3 3

Excel Areas Function Example 2

The following spreadsheet shows another example of the AREAS function, where the reference is a named range (called 'TestRange'), which is made up of the 3 areas shown on the 'Formula' spreadsheet. As shown in the 'Results' spreadsheet, the Areas function returns the result 3.

 Formula:
  A B C D E
1 =AREAS( TestRange )        
2          
3          
4          
5          
6          
('TestRange' is the named range ( B1:C4, E1:E2, D5:E6 ) )
 Result:
  A
1 3
2  
3  
4  
5  
6